Music and Psychotherapy

Monika Renz. "Amazing Grace", CD "Sound Journeys", track 7. In: «Erlösung aus Prägung»: Ein neues Verständnis von Heilung. Psychologie und Theologie im Gespräch. (2. überarb. Aufl.). Paderborn: Junfermann, 2017. more

Psychotherapy - with or without the use of music - offers a healing relationship in which experiences of dignity and processes of maturation, self-awareness, grief and forgiveness can take place. In this respect, psychotherapy amounts to more than support in emotional crises. If it succeeds, psychotherapy offers clients the space to find new ground and identity.

Music, music-assisted relaxation, and active imagination complement conversations, body awareness exercises, and spiritual support. Music-assisted active imagination creates an atmospheric and vibrational environment. Such experiences touch our souls and enable us to be touched by primordial trust. Music is the medium farthest removed from consciousness. Music initiates us, opens us up to transcendence, and has tangible effects.


Fear and Trust (translated by Mark Kyburz) [manuscript submitted to publisher]. German edition: «Angst verstehen: Tiefer als Urangst liegt Urvertrauen». Freiburg. i.Br.: Herder, 2018. more

Forgiveness and Reconciliation (translated by Mark Kyburz) [manuscript submitted to publisher]. German edition: «Versöhnung und Vergebung: Wie Prozesse der Befreiung im Leben und im Sterben möglich werden». Freiburg i.Br.: Herder, 2019. more


Renz, M., Bueche, D., Reichmuth, O., Schuett Mao, M., Renz, U., Siebenrock, R., & Strasser, F. (2020). Forgiveness and reconciliation processes in dying patients with cancer. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 37(3), 222-234. more

Audio and Video

Klein, Christoph (Producer). (2017). A loose connection with eternity. On the move with Monika Renz, music therapist, psychooncologist, and theologian, 2012-2015.

Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen

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