Maya Benattar on Music and Managing Anxiety

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Anxiety demands that we stay in control. Creativity suggests that we do not. In this episode of Woman Worriers, host Elizabeth Cush talks with music therapist Maya Benattar about how music can help women find their voice and manage their anxiety.

Real change starts with you!
— Maya Benattar

Show Notes:

As a teenager, Maya Benattar was so shy she couldn’t ask a fellow math student for a pencil — but she could sing in front of 200 people. Today, as a music therapist and psychotherapist in New York City, she works with women who struggle with anxiety, perfectionism or intergenerational trauma. In this episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, she talks with host Elizabeth Cush, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., about how she uses music therapy and creative arts to help women get in touch with themselves, face their anxiety and find their confidence.

  • What music therapy is — and is not

  • What it might mean to find your voice — at home, at work and in other areas of your life

  • The importance of slowing down

  • What our body and breath can tell us

  • How building a toolbox creates a safe space to come back to as you explore

  • Why creativity can feel scary

  • What happens when we improvise

  • Why the right music to soothe your anxiety might not be what you’d think it would be

  • The value of curiosity


Learn More

> Maya Benattar’s website

> Maya’s Reclaim Your Rhythm workshop

> Brené Brown’s website

> Daring to Rest by Karen Brody

> The World in Six Songs by Daniel Levitin

> Progression Counseling

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