From counseling teenage girls about HIV prevention, to helping young men on probation and Iraq war veterans, Robinson said that the inclusion of hip hop music helps to start a dialogue between client and therapist through a vocabulary and framework comfortable for both.
Robinson writes, “Hip hop therapy has elements of expressive therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Hip hop music is utilized to engage clients in treatment by helping establish rapport with the therapist. Music can also help clients identify emotions and reframe cognition.”
Artists like Chief Keef, Meek Mill and Rick Ross now populate Robinson’s Pandora stations, because they are the artists the majority of her clients are listening to. She has found Meek Mill particularly helpful in this respect, especially his song “Traumatized.”
In an interview with The Fader, Meek Mill said about Robinson’s research, “That’s what I make the music for, to be able to touch people. Even if you didn’t come from the hood. You don’t have to be from the streets.”
As Robinson says in her article, “If we listen carefully, we may be able to find better solutions to address the pervasive violence in our community.”
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Jessica Dickerson is an Editorial Fellow for HuffPost Black Voices. A born and raised Californian turned bona fide New Yorker and Columbia University graduate. She lives for social justice and contagious laughter.