Using Music to Heal PTSD

I’m so lucky to always be meeting survivors who are proactively doing amazing things on their road to recovery. Today’s post is contributed by just that kind of survivor, a woman using her creativity to reclaim who she is, how she lives and how she shares her new self with the world. I love this song she wrote, composed and sings….


Michelle Biehl headshotSinger Songwriter and Poet- Michelle Biehl, Audubon, NJ PTSD survivor


I have discovered that songwriting and poetry capture the essence of my true wisdom, insight, and intuition.


I started writing poetry in my teen years.  In my early 20’s my Grandfather showed me how to play a few chords on an old beat up student guitar.  Within a few weeks I was writing original songs about my life experience.


I wrote this song, “The Wall”, at the tender age of 22 when I was starting to tap into the essence of symptoms and feelings I had been dealing with for several years.  I did not have the knowledge to determine that this was actually PTSD until several years later.  For me this song is a mirror into how intuition and the voice of the soul does have the answers if you are wiling to remain open to listen.


I played this song for a woman’s trauma recovery group in 2012 and upon their request decided to record it with my band Shadow Station on our 7 song EP The Hannold Walk.  This song is one of many that I have written about the trauma experience.  It seems to resonate with survivors. I hope it lets them know that others do understand what’s it’s like and that we can overcome PTSD. In fact we can find true light in some of the darkest spaces of the heart.


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