As a Certified Music Therapist, I use music in a therapeutic setting to support insight, development, and well-being. I believe that music is an essential part of our lives and can be used to promote personal growth on your path toward well-being and wholeness. Music therapy is a valid clinical and creative practice, grounded in a clinical skill set of assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation.
"Music therapy is a discipline in which credentialed professionals (MTA: Music Therapist Accredited) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being. Music therapists use music safely and ethically to address human needs within cognitive, communicative, emotional, musical, physical, social, and spiritual domains."
Canadian Association of Music Therapists, June 2016
The emotional and expressive nature of music provides a foundation for our work together in music psychotherapy. I believe music can serve as a bridge to self-awareness, insight, and expression of emotions. The power of music to foster associations, memories, and imagery provides opportunities for us to work together in ways that analytical, verbal approaches cannot. We might use music in our sessions by writing words to a tune, improvising a melody, describing what the music "looks" like, or other creative exercises.