This article is from the Alternative Medicine Therapies guide.
Music therapists work in private practice, in institutional settings, and as part of treatment teams that can also include psychiatrists, psychologists, rehabilitation counselors, and primary-care practitioners. There are an estimated 5,000 music therapists currently practicing in the United States.
Make sure your music therapist has completed an approved college music therapy curriculum, including an internship. The therapist should also have earned the designation of Music Therapist, Board Certified (MT-BC) from the Certification Board for Music Therapists or one of the following designations from the National Music Therapy Registry--Registered Music Therapist (RMT), Certified Music Therapist (CMT), or Advanced Certified Music Therapist (ACMT).
To find a qualified music therapist in your area, ask your primary-care physician for a referral or contact the American Music Therapy Association in Silver Spring, Maryland. Try to interview several therapists before making your selection; you should feel very comfortable with the therapist you choose.