Drumming is an easy entry into accessing flow states when practiced on a regular basis. These states are essential for raising neurotransmitter systems such as dopamine, norepinepherine, noradrenaline, acetylcholine, serotonin and anandamide naturally. They are all involved in attention, memory and learning.
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Drum Therapy works on:
Increasing frustration tolerance
Emotional regulation tools
Improved listening skills
Somatic experiencing and awareness
Collaborative joining and skilled play
Unique to the Flatbush Drum Clinic, Drum Therapy, draws on mindfulness work, cognitive defusion techniques like de-literalization and other key parts of the ACT hexaflex and elements of DBT such as opposite action, for a non-stigmatizing, therapeutic conversation that uses drumming to build the alliance, connect to flow and move between regulation, grounding and gentle exposure to challenging affective states and parts of self being avoided.