Coping with Chronic Pain Featured in Local News

Kathryn Eberle Cotter, MT-BC was interviewed by the Butler Eagle for a feature on music therapy and the Music and Wellness program for patients with chronic illness and their caregivers. In describing the purpose of the group, Kathryn explained that the focus is on obtaining skills to navigate the physical and emotional pain and stress associated with chronic illness so that patients can exercise more agency over their symptom management. When so much about illness is outside of the patient’s and family’s control, having resources that return some autonomy are so valuable.

“We’re talking about pain management, we’re talking about stress management, we’re talking about rest and relaxation, we’re talking about muscle control and releasing tension, and we are going to use music to reach those goals.”

The full article appeared in the Butler Eagle Summer Health & Fitness section Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Click HERE to see the video of the interview. Click HERE to read more.

Hear us on the radio!

KSEC Music Therapy Services along with Butler Health System was featured on WISR 680AM talking about music therapy, palliative care, and our Music and Wellness program.

If you missed the radio broadcast, you can still listen to the recorded program!
Here is the direct link:

Or you can click below and go to
Across the top of the page in the black bar go to “radio stations” and select WISR from the drop down menu.
Across the top of the page in the back bar go to “programs” and select “Let’s Talk”.
On the left of the page, select “Butler Health System”. Our June 7th broadcast should be you first option.

Music Therapy at Navigating the New Me


KSEC Music Therapy Services presented on music therapy and chronic illness at Butler Health System’s Palliative Care event, Navigating the New Me. Those in attendance participated in a variety of experiences including singing, piano improvisation, a drum circle, and progressive muscle relaxation. The Latin root of palliative means “to cloak”. We are proud to be a part of the services available to wrap around patients to offer support, stress relief, pain management, and connection to others.