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Training and Experience
A proud alumnus of the University of Dayton (GO FLYERS!), I graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. I completed my clinical internship at the Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities Services Office in Newark, New York, focusing on the use of improvisational music therapy with adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Based on the work and research of Paul Nordoff and Paul Robbins, I received training in the concepts and implementation of Creative Music Therapy in individual and group work. Sessions are focused on improvising music to meet the needs of each client in the moment and can be used with any population.
It has been my honor to have provided hospice services to individuals and families for over 10 years. I incorporate a wide variety of live music experiences into my work to meet the many needs inherent in end-of-life care. I received the Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy Certificate (HPMT) from the Centers of Music Therapy in End of Life Care in 2009.
Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) is a form of music psychotherapy that allows you to connect with your own deepest wisdom through a music-evoked imagery journey. It allows you to develop greater self-awareness, wellness, and creativity in transforming personal, career, health, and relationship challenges. I completed my Fellowship in GIM (FAMI) in 2018.
Throughout my training and experience in hospice and Guided Imagery & Music, I have developed a passion and specialty in helping people through difficult life changes. Each person has the wisdom and strength within themselves to find a new normal, I am there to walk with them on that process. An overwhelming sense of grief and loss can occur at any time in life, following any life-changing event. I incorporate the expressive arts into more traditional grief counseling techniques.
The children and young adults growing up today have a multitude of challenges to face. I have worked with young children, adolescents, teenagers, and young adults with emotional and mental health needs and have found the wisdom inherent in music and the arts can quickly address their concerns when they frequently struggle to find words.
I completed the Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth training in 2014 and am excited about working with expecting families in my community. What better way to welcome your new family member than with a personalized birth plan that incorporates music?
We live in a chaotic and uncertain world. Finding time to cut through the noise and re-ground yourself can seem impossible. I have provided numerous seminars to help the participants ease themselves into the process of mindfulness and meditation. These techniques can be utilized with groups or on an individual basis.
The word "Mandala" is loosely translated from Sanskrit as "Circle." The drawn mandala is thought to represent wholeness - of the universe, of the individual, of the spirit, and of the psyche. Drawing a mandala allows you to engage in a tactile and visual experience that provides a "snapshot" into your current emotional state. The MARI Card Test is a non-verbal assessment instrument to gain insights into a client’s current psychological, relationships, and physical issues.
I am an active and proud member of numerous community theater groups, participating as an actor, stage manager, tech, assistant director, musician, and designer. I have used my theatrical experience in my therapy work with amazing results. It is one of my goals to find new and exciting ways to incorporate the therapeutic aspects of theater and drama in my work.
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