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Lava Heights Music Therapy for Troubled Teens

Music Therapy for Troubled Teens playing GuitarMusic therapy for troubled teens at Lava Heights Academy is a form of creative arts therapy for troubled teens that is integrated into our overall therapeutic experience. When used strategically, creative arts therapy through music is a highly effective therapeutic intervention for troubled teens. Music arts is one of the oldest forms of therapy, and one of the most effective.

At Lava Heights, Music Arts therapy is an evidence-based practice of a powerful experiential therapy approach addressing our student’s individual treatment goals. We use Music Arts therapy to build powerful therapeutic relationships between the student and a professional music therapist – and real growth occurs! Moreover, troubled teens, both boys and girls, are naturally motivated by music, and therefore less resistant to therapy.


Music in itself is Therapeutic

As most parents know that every teen loves music in one form or another, including troubled teens. Music is a natural form of expression that teenagers gravitate toward. Music Therapy is a well established therapeutic approach in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address emotional, behavioral, and social needs of troubled boys and girls. There is also a tremendous academic enhancement component to music therapy. At Lava Heights we call it “integrated music arts therapy” which has been an extremely effective implementation of music therapy for troubled teens.

After assessing the strengths and therapeutic needs of the individual student, our qualified music therapist produces a tailored treatment plan using all arenas of music for growth. Our music arts therapy enpcompasses listening, creating, and playing music. Through musical involvement in our creative arts therapy approach, the students’ musical abilities are improved and refined. In the musical training experience there are inherent trials and errors, adversity, triumphs and disappointments. Students at Lava Heights work through the specialized difficulties found in developing their musical talents. The success discovered in the musical training can then be processed and transferred to other areas of their lives.



Music therapy for troubled teens provides avenues for appropriate self-expression that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to communicate. Research shows that many areas of life are supported and enhanced through music therapy; such as: emotional growth, increased motivation, improved self-image, and improved self-identity. Essentially, music arts therapy provides an outlet for expression of feelings and emotions that translates into healing of the whole person.


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We thought we had passed the point that we could reach our daughter. She was within months of turning eighteen and her future was bleak at best with friends pulling her into a world of self destruction.  Lava was a Godsend for our family, and for our daughter. Not only did she overcome the substances she was abusing, she got back on track academically. I only wish her friends were so lucky. Ronald V. - Lancaster, PA


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