Music Therapy

Music therapy is the evidenced-based use of music to achieve non-musical goals within a therapeutic relationship. Music therapists address physical, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual goals through a variety of musical interventions. Depending on your need, I work with you to use music as an improvisational outlet for your stuck emotions and patterns of behavior. We then co-create music healing sessions which involves the combination of drumming, toning, movement to music, examining lyrics of specific songs, making songs in Garageband, and active music making. In order to find your inner voice, you have to first start using your own voice. 

Individual or Group Sessions

Individual music therapy sessions include one-to-one, private sessions to provide an even more individualized healing and transformative environment.

 

Sessions are held in the privacy of my studio. 

 

Group sessions offer the opportunity for positive interactions with peers for learning and practicing new coping skills and patterns of behavior and provide an outlet for emotional expression.

 

Groups are formed specific to issues, such as substance abuse and emotion regulation. I also offer workshops related to specific healing topics.

 

Music Therapy Provides Opportunities For:
  • Self-expression

  • Non-verbal outlet for emotions

  • Anxiety & stress reduction

  • Positive changes in mood and emotional states

  • Development of self-awareness

  • Increase in self-esteem and confidence

  • Learning to stabilize and regulate emotional states

  • Enhanced feelings of control, confidence and empowerment

  • Learning coping skills for dealing with anxiety, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation

  • Positive physiological changes such as lowered blood pressure, reduced heart rate, and relaxed muscle tension

Qualifications of Music Therapists

Music therapists hold a Bachelor's Degree or higher from an accredited American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) college or university. The degree program requires 1200 hours of clinical training, including a 1040 hour supervised internship. Upon completion of the degree and internship the music therapist is eligible to sit for the board examination wherein they receive the credentials MT-BC (music therapist board certified) which is required for professional practice. The MT-BC credentials are obtained from the Certification Board of Music Therapists (CBMT) which is a separate organization that provides an objective standard to measure professionalism throughout the field. Music therapists follow AMTA standards of clinical practice, code of ethics, and professional competencies