Volume 2 (1) 2010 – Interview
From Out of Our Voices
Interviewed by Evangelia Papanikolaou
Note from the interviewer:
Diane Austin’s new book “The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self” (2008) which was published recently, has been an excellent opportunity to learn more about the use of voice in therapy, its clinical applications and its enormous possibilities that offers within a psychotherapeutic setting. This interview focuses on introducing some of these aspects based on Austin’s work, and on exploring her background, motivations and considerations towards this pioneer music-therapeutic approach. The interview has been edited by Diane Austin and Evangelia Papanikolaou and took place via a series of emails, dated from September to December 2009.
Dr. Diane Austin DA, LCAT, ACMT is the Director of the Music Psychotherapy Center in New York City where she offers a two year training program in Vocal Psychotherapy. Dr. Austin has maintained a private practice in music/vocal psychotherapy for over twenty years, supervises creative arts therapists and is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Music Therapy Department at New York University. She has lectured and taught internationally and published extensively on the use of the voice and music psychotherapy.
Evangelia Papanikolaou studied music at the Hellenic Conservatory (Athens), Music Therapy (MA) and Neuroscience & Immunology at Roehampton University (Surrey, GB) and has been trained in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). She has worked in London and now in Athens, in the fields of neurology, speech and language difficulties, psychiatry and emotional difficulties, using a combination of improvisation, vocal and receptive techniques. She runs music therapy workshops and seminars, she is visiting lecturer at the National Kapodestrian University and Aegean University in Greece, member of the editorial board of Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education and founding President of the Hellenic Association of Certified Professional Music Therapists.