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Music and Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy – with or without music – is a healing relationship. It creates room and resonance for processes of personal growth, awareness, grief and reconciliation. In this respect psychotherapy is more than support during a mental breakdown. If successful, psychotherapy will help find a new sense of identity.

Tools of psychotherapy are empathy, reinforcement, confrontation and finally love itself. Psychotherapy can include a lot but it is never and in no case manipulation and as such a direct or subtle form of control.

As psychotherapist in my own psychotherapeutic practice or as psycho-oncologist at the Kantonsspital St. Gallen, a multidimensional therapeutic approach is important to me: psychotherapy, music therapy, body therapy, and more and more also spiritual and pastoral support. Psychotherapy within the range of psycho-oncology also means providing support for relatives and guiding them in their communication with the dying person.


Music as medium and so-called “Klangreisen” – a sort of music-mediated active imagination with music/relaxation/silence – provide possibilities in the realm of the nonverbal, somatic and atmospheric.

Music is the medium that is farthest away from consciousness and can therefore be stimulating, opening without being the fundamental healing cause itself.


Monika Renz live:

"Live and Let Die."
Session at the Open Forum of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in
Davos (Switzerland) on Jan. 31, 2009.

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Guests of the session: Petra de Jong, CEO, NVVE, Right to Die-NL; The Netherlands; Hans Jürgen Münk, Professor for Theological Ethics, Switzerland; Monika Renz, Psychotherapist. Management Psycho- oncology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Switzerland Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Federal Councillor, Switzerland; Thomas Wipf, President of the Council, Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches, Switzerland. Click here for a live webcast of this session.


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