Preston Watson, MMT, MT-BC, LPMTMusic Therapist
Preston Watson, MMT, MT-BC, LPMT, is Bluff Plantation’s Music Therapist. Preston works with patients in the residential addiction rehab center in Augusta, Georgia, on expressing their thoughts and emotions using non-verbal methods and connecting with others through shared musical experiences.
Preston has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a specialty in musical theater from Shorter College (now Shorter University) in Rome, Georgia. A singer, actor and dancer, he performed professionally in Atlanta for several years before deciding that he wanted to use his art to help others.
He attended Georgia College and State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in music therapy and Master of Music Therapy (MMT), with a goal of helping those living with mental health and substance use disorders.
Preston is a licensed professional music therapist (LPMT) in Georgia and a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) through the American Music Therapy Association.
He feels incredibly fortunate and honored to implement a music therapy program at Bluff Plantation. Studies have shown that music therapy helps lift the mood, improves social interaction, and alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression. Music therapy also helps men and women in recovery tap into emotions that may be difficult to express in words, breaks down barriers that prevent people from being open to change, and can decrease stress.
During music therapy sessions, patients play drums and other instruments, write lyrics, and analyze their compositions as well as the lyrics of popular songs. Each session is geared toward a specific therapeutic goal.