Music Therapy

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I have 7 years experience as a music therapist in the New York area. I am licensed and board certified.

— Rafe Stepto, Psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY

In music therapy, music is used as a tool and in relationship with a therapist to help with self expression where words fail.

— Toby Williams, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

I have a master's degree in music therapy and am board-certified, meaning I use music based interventions to help you access your psyche, process changes, and explore meaning for yourself.

— Rye Webber, Creative Art Therapist in Boston, MA

While I love to talk and listen to you talk, there are times in which language doesn't suffice. In these moments, music can offer unique outlets for expression and communication. I have worked with people of every musical ability, from those that have never touched an instrument, to seasoned performers. If you find music to be soothing, or your identity is reflected in the music you listen to, I will find ways to incorporate it in sessions to provide mental relief.

— Erik Gundel, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY
 

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy and 14 years of experience using music to help clients achieve their goals. Music can be used in many ways to enhance the work done in traditional talk therapy, both inside the therapy session and in one's daily life.

— Micheale Collie, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Durham, NC

Creative practices can often be a safer and more direct way of expressing, experiencing and understanding the most challenging emotions. I integrate my experience as a performer in Jazz, improvised and World music as well twenty years of zen practice into a unique and effective approach to therapy. Using both verbal psychotherapy and creative art mediums in a safe and supportive environment I work to guide the therapeutic process towards achieving a client's unique goals.

— Aaron Shragge, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist, with an advanced two-year training and certification in Vocal Psychotherapy. I enjoy using vocal psychotherapy to promote interpersonal and intrapsychic growth & change. An embodied and somatic approach, music is used to create a stable, consistent, and safe musical environment to begin using techniques to access conscious and unconscious feelings, memories, and associations. You don't have to be a singer to try it out! It's all about forming a connection.

— Joanna (Jay) DeRosa, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL
 

While not all of my clients choose to incorporate music into our work, it can be helpful at times to find ways to express ideas and feelings beyond words. It might include making music, or sharing music that is meaningful in order to explore ourselves more deeply. My initial therapy training was in the Music Therapy program at NYU, where I earned an MA in Music Therapy.

— Kate O'Brien, Therapist in New York, NY

Music and dance are good coping and self care tools.

— Sonya D Willis, Licensed Professional Counselor in CHICAGO, IL
 

I completed by degree in music therapy and have been a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) since 2014. My work has included facilitating group music making, listening to preferred or meaningful songs, music-assisted relaxation, and songwriting for families coping with chronic and terminal illness, children’s bereavement groups, and intergenerational support.

— Brittany Tachkov, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

As a board certified music therapist, Katy understands the powerful role of music in our lives and in therapy. Whether listening to music or creating our own, music allows us to explore emotions and thoughts in a different way. Katy believes that we all have a unique story to tell, and that expression and connection through music can be a profound pathway to self-exploration and understanding.

— Katy Hutchings, Therapist in Haddon Heights, NJ
 

Certified in music therapy since 1987 and practicing meditation/chanting as well as studying yogic philosophy since 1993, I have combined the elements of these healing practices to form a unique method of therapy: Mindfulness-Based Music Therapy. I specialize in the use of music, sound, silence, and energy-work to produce an experience of pure awareness that results in the absence of thoughts and a spiritual sense of oneness that is essential to healing.

— Marilyn Guadagnino, Creative Art Therapist in Rochester, NY

I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2013 with my bachelor of music in music therapy. One month later, I received the credentials music therapist-board certified (MT-BC). I graduated in 2017 from Appalachian with an MA in counseling and an MMT in music therapy. I have been practicing music therapy since 2014, and I focus on the intersection of the mind and the body. I am also an advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

— Hannah Lingafelt, Therapist in Durham, NC
 

I have been a music therapist for over 5 years and have worked with a large diversity of clients in that time. I have done advanced training in neurological music therapy. I find techniques in music therapy especially helpful in breaking into difficult material and providing clients with a different means of communication and expression.

— Katherine Sherrill, Pastoral Counselor in Charlotte, NC

Music calms the nerve and helps with Bipolar and Anxiety

— Adeline Abam, Mental Health Practitioner in North Richland Hill, TX
 

Music therapy is a powerful medium. Unique outcomes are possible. In music therapy, each individual is provided support and encouragement in the acquisition of new skills and abilities. Because music touches each person in so many different ways, participation in music therapy offers opportunities for learning, creativity and expression that may be significantly different from more traditional therapeutic approaches.

— Megan Dozler, Creative Art Therapist in Napa, CA