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Music Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental Illness Recovery
Alfredo Zotti
Loving Healing Press / Softcover / 2020-10-01 / 1615995307
Music Therapy
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98 pages
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Alfredo Zotti, a professional musician and bipolar survivor with a university degree in social anthropology and three years study of psychology, provides an introduction to music theory with specific case studies of applications for Alzheimer's, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and other issues. Working primarily as a peer support counselor, his person-centered methods are respectful of client's needs, abilities and responses to music therapy. Strategies explored include both active listening of recorded music as well as instruction in playing musical instruments. Using patience and listening skills, you can - with Zotti's book - begin your own journey of music therapy.

Reviews and Endorsements:

I congratulate Alfredo on this terrific summary of the ways in which music therapy can serve a complementary role in the treatment of a range of psychological difficulties. Anyone who is interested in promoting his or her wellbeing, or the wellbeing of loved ones, will enjoy Music Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental Illness Recovery. --Paul Corcoran, psychologist, Moving Forward, NSW

Alfredo Zotti's Music Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental Illness Recovery shows that recovering through music can be an extremely powerful and wonderful journey of self-healing and positive discoveries. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to enhance their knowledge of music therapy and the influence of music on their health and, consequently, on their lives. --Krystyna C. Laycraft, Ph.D, physicist, educator and artist

Through his own experience of positive outcome by therapeutic use of music, Alfredo Zotti shares the supplemental, holistic method to improving mental health issues and dementia. Music Therapy: An Introduction with Case Studies for Mental Illness Recovery promises to assist in the recovery process and help sufferers regain a happier life. -- Rie Matsuura

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About the Author:

Alfredo Zotti is the son of the late Luciano Zotti ( ), Italian composer, orchestra conductor and musical director, and his wife, Cristina Zotti. In 1974, Alfredo, his parents and brother, Giovanni, migrated to Sydney, Australia. At first, life was difficult, because the family worked in a wood factory for little pay. As time went on, Luciano began to work as a musician and music teacher and life slowly improved for him and his family. In 1981, after many traumatic events, Alfredo began his lifelong challenge of living with bipolar disorder. He quickly hit rock bottom, spending time as a homeless person and turning to street drugs and alcohol to medicate his symptoms. But life improved after hospitalization and careful outpatient monitor┬Čing. Alfredo married Cheryl MacDonald, who also suffers with bipolar disorder, and he was able to enroll in a university course. He gained an honours degree in sociology and anthropology. He went on to study clinical psychology at the University of Newcastle, but he did not complete his degree, because he felt that academia had taken the wrong path in the prevention and cure of mental illnesses. He completed some courses at first, second and third year level, with distinction and high distinction. Alfredo also studied piano and was able to attain the grade 8 skill in piano. Today, Alfredo is the full-time caregiver for his wife, who suffers from a number of disabilities. He also regularly raises funds for his local hospital, Gosford Hospital, by organizing fundraiser nights, where he plays with other musicians. So far, he has helped to raise thousands of dollars. The money goes toward the needs of the hospital's patients with mental disorders. Alfredo also writes an online journal, The Anti Stigma Crusaders, which he uploads regularly at two or three month intervals. Additionally, Alfredo provides support for online sufferers and uses his art to help people. While he is not a qualified music therapist, he does use music and art to help people online. Some mental health professionals often consult him for his lived experience and knowledge of psychology and music. He has written three books, including this one, two published and one that is free online. He also contributes by giving talks at universities about his experience with bipolar disorder.

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