“I am passionate about creating a safe space for my clients to express and explore their authentic selves in a compassionate, supportive, and creative environment.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My journey toward becoming a therapist began in adolescence when I found my voice and ability to express myself through music. I grew up in a household that did not foster a space for authentic self-expression, so I turned to songwriting and eventually therapy as ways to process my internal world. Once I began to experience growth and deepened insight within my own therapy process, I knew I wanted to help others experience the same. I am passionate about creating a safe space for my clients to express and explore their authentic selves in a compassionate, supportive, and creative environment.
What should someone know about working with you?
You may be wondering what it is like to work with a music psychotherapist. In therapy, words may only take us so far. I bring creativity into the therapy space as a safe and supportive way to deepen the process, connect thoughts and feelings, and offer greater access to emotions and understanding of self. My sessions incorporate traditional verbal therapy with creative explorations, which involves creating improvised music, listening to familiar songs, making visual art, and incorporating mindfulness techniques.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe that therapy is most effective when there is a strong, trusted relationship between client and therapist. I bring a compassionate, warm, nonjudgmental, and comforting presence to the therapy space, meeting my clients where they are in the moment. I know that choosing to begin therapy can be a vulnerable and, at times, uncomfortable experience. By entering a trusted, safe, and supportive environment, my clients feel open to explore the wounds of their past, the challenges of the present, and the goals for their future. I join my clients on their journey, offering insight to support meaningful change and a deepened connection to oneself and others.
Do you need to be a musician to see a music psychotherapist?
You do not need any prior musical experience to benefit from music psychotherapy. Sessions benefit a wide range of clients, from those who have zero musical experience all the way to those who have an extensive musical background. Music psychotherapy can be especially beneficial to children and teenagers as creative self-expression may serve as a safer way to express emotions and process overwhelming feelings.
“My sessions incorporate traditional verbal therapy with creative explorations, which involves creating improvised music, listening to familiar songs, making visual art, and incorporating mindfulness techniques.”