Music Therapy Conversations - Dr Diane Austin DA, LCAT

Episode 51 - 16 June 2021
Topics: Music Therapy in General

Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York City

Dr. Diane Austin DA, LCAT is the Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York City where she offers a two-year post-graduate certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy. She teaches in the graduate music therapy department at New York University. Dr. Austin has maintained a private practice in music, expressive psychotherapy and supervision for over 25 years, and has lectured and taught Vocal Psychotherapy trainings internationally. Her work has been published in numerous journals and books and translated into several languages. Diane created the first distance training program in Vocal Psychotherapy in Vancouver, B.C. and had a distance training program in Seoul, Korea for 12 years which started again virtually in 2021. Her first international/multicultural distance training program in Vocal Psychotherapy began in 2018 at Mayfield Farm in England (about an hour from London). Her book, “The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self” was published by Jessica Kingsley in 2010 and codified the first voice-based model of music psychotherapy.

Diane talks in this interview about the genesis of her approach, including her background in musical theatre and jazz, and how psychoanalysis played an important part.

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More details about the vocal psychotherapy training programme can be found on the BAMT website

Austin, D. (2009). The theory and practice of vocal psychotherapy: Songs of the self. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.