Monday Meetings: Meet Sherry!

Supervisor Bios - Sherry

Sherry Minassian

Music Therapy Training

I graduated from the Masters of Music Therapy program at Laurier in 2009 and became an MTA in 2014.  I have been supervising Laurier undergraduates since 2012.  My internship was completed at St. Joseph Hospital in Guelph, Ontario (Elderly diagnosed with Dementia) and Extendicare in Hamilton, Ontario (long term care).

I have my own practice working as a music therapist with diverse population (adults and children mental health, brain injury, and long term care).

Model of Practice & Clinical Interests

My model of practice is Music-Centered Psychotherapy, which is based on two theories: Aesthetic Music Therapy (Lee, 2003) (AeMT) and Group Analytic Music Therapy (Ahonen, 2007) (GAMT).  A humanistic, client-centered approach in meeting each client’s needs with an awareness of balancing musical and psychological thinking in music therapy sessions and having the music as the core of therapy.

As a vocalist and music therapy, Diane Austin’s Vocal Psychotherapy has largely influenced me as well.  I am passionate about the intersection between music therapy and the music within each person (the inner voice, self) and specifically how it influences students’ experience in facilitating sessions.

Main Client Populations

  • Adult and child mental health
  • Elderly, long-term care
  • Developmentally challenged children and adults

Fun Fact

I have a keen eye for show animals and have groomed and showed cows and won in international shows!!!

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About Laurier MTSA

We are a student association at Wilfrid Laurier University and most of our members are students in the Music Therapy program. We exist to educate about, promote, and support the work of music therapy, and to support the academic, career, and personal needs of the Music Therapy Students. Our mandate is to unite prospective, current and alumni students while promoting our profession in the larger community.
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