Chris Lyford, the assistant editor of Psychotherapy Networker, delves into JC Hall’s therapeutic beat-making process with his students and the importance of safe spaces needed for creative processes.
“If hip hop therapy sounds familiar, there’s a reason for it. In developing his program, Hall says he pulls from multiple therapeutic disciplines, including expressive arts therapy, narrative therapy, bibliotherapy, mindfulness teachings, CBT, and DBT. Of course, there’s also a group therapy element to the work. After several weeks in the studio together, students begin to riff off one another. They exchange song ideas, validate each other when tough subjects come up, and share their own, similar stories. The momentum this generates is one of the reasons why Hall steps in only when needed.” – Chris Lyford
Check out the article here: Hip Hop Therapy: The Healing Power of Giving Kids the Mic
Pictured: JC Hall in his studio with his students