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