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Psychotherapy of a Rock Musician: The Case of Parker B.

Susan D. Raeburn
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 12 Number 2: Page 35 (June 1997)

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Abstract: Parker B., a boyishly handsome single man in his early thirties, presented for treatment suffering from depression. Prone to dressing in the style of a 1940s bebop musician, he identified himself as a rock musician, although his ability to earn a living playing music rose and fell over the course of his three-year psychotherapy. At times he resorted to working as a salesman and guitar teacher in a local music store to supplement his income. Occasionally he reconsidered his early decision not to go to college following high school, but the thought usually passed quickly. Initially skeptical about seeking help, he came to see me on the advice of a drummer who had heard me speak on health-related matters at a music industry conference. In addition to playing lead guitar, Parker also wrote songs. He expressed fears that the process of psychotherapy would negatively affect his already precarious relationship with his creativity. However, in that I was able to see him for a reduced fee, and he had some financial help in the form of a trust from his grandfather, he agreed to start therapy.

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