Hip-Hop Therapy


the Tables

on Therapy




The primary purpose of this site is to honor the legacy and vision of Dr. Edgar H. Tyson (1963-2018), the founder of Hip-Hop Therapy (HHT). It will also serve as a resource for those interested in learning about this therapeutic framework and implementing it in mental health treatment.

What is Hip-Hop Therapy?

Tyson’s (1998) original model has evolved into a conceptual framework with significant global resonance, much like the culture itself. Hip-Hop therapy refers to the purposeful use of Hip-Hop culture in a therapeutic relationship, and it operates in the context of a co-constructed treatment plan with specific goals and measurable outcomes. HHT is a revolutionary approach to mental health that espouses the profound impact of Hip-Hop culture and its capacity to promote individual and communal transformation. It embodies a wide array of interventions that mix the inherently cathartic components of Hip-Hop culture with well-established treatment models, from music, poetry and other expressive therapies to cognitive behavioral and narrative therapy.

As a sample-based therapy, HHT takes on what is relevant to the client within more traditional approaches, reimagines the applicability and procedural processes, and discards the rest. In the same way the sonic arrangements characteristic of Hip-Hop music were developed through the revision of popular records and the rejuvenation of dated or abstract ones, Hip-Hop therapy is a culturally relevant remix of therapeutic conceptions that revitalizes the many merits of established forms that have traditionally overlooked disenfranchised populations (Tyson, Hall, & Montero, 2016). 


After a student is murdered at a high school in the South Bronx, the community comes together to heal through Hip-Hop.