A designation of BC

Association of

Clinical Counsellors

Music Therapy

* Individual Sessions

* Group Sessions

* Archetypal Music Psychotherapy

* Workshops and Seminars

Are you interested in seeing a Music Therapist?

This page should help you in making your decision.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

WHAT IS MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is the skillful use of music and musical elements by an accredited music therapist to promote, maintain, and restore mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music has nonverbal, creative, structural, and emotional qualities. These are used in the therapeutic relationship to facilitate contact, interaction, self-awareness, learning, self-expression, communication, and personal development.

There are many expressive arts-based ways to express what we can't say through words and this is why I enjoy leading individual and group music therapy sessions in a broad context with people across the lifespan, including adult mental health, older adults in complex care, at-risk youth and children with developmental delays including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum conditions.

Sometimes words simply can't express the depth of what we are experiencing. In my work as a psychotherapist I’ve witnessed how often we feel something deeply significant but can't put words to the experience and the resulting weight of silence can feel isolating. After twenty years of working with people through creativity-based processes as an educator, performer, composer, workshop facilitator and now more recently as a therapist I've seen how suffering can express itself through chronic pain, difficult behaviours, broken relationships and all sorts of nonverbal means.

WHO BENEFITS FROM MUSIC THERAPY?

Music therapy is used with individuals of various ages and abilities in institutional, community and private practice settings. No musical training or experience is necessary to benefit from music therapy. Common client populations for music therapy include:

Mental Health

Emotional Traumas

Rediscovering One's Creativity

Grief Counseling

Personal Growth

Teens at Risk

Rediscovering Meaning in Life

Substance Abuse

Acquired Brain Injury

Autism and other Pervasive Development Disabilities

Critical Care

Hearing Impairments

Geriatric Care

Neonatal Care

Developmental Disabilities

Obstetrics

Oncology

Pain Control

Palliative Care

Physical Disabilities

Speech and Language Impairments

Victims of Abuse

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY?

Here's a link to some info, books, journals and resources about music therapy.

What is Mental Health?

Mental Health, according to the World Health Organization, is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of a disease or illness.   Mental Health is defined by Health and Welfare Canada as the capacity of the individual, the group and the environment to interact with one another in ways that promote subjective wellbeing and the optimal development and use of thinking, feeling and relationship abilities. Carl Jung goes further than that to suggest that the aim of a human life is to work toward wholeness through the journey of individuation.  

What concerns could I bring to a Music Therapist?

Music Therapists are qualified to address many clinical mental health issues through assessment, prevention, and treatment/intervention. Some examples of concerns/issues which are appropriate to bring include the following:

•Life transitions or career issues

•Stress and anger management

•Panic and anxiety

•Depression

•Marital and relationship problems

•Obsessive/compulsive behavior

•Sexual abuse or trauma

•Grief and loss

•Substance abuse

•Gender and sexuality issues

•Child and adolescent issues

•Communication skills/assertiveness

•Conflict resolution

•And many other concerns as well

SESSION RATES:

The Standard rate for Music Therapy Sessions is $130 per session

Recommended Fee Schedule

Student Rates Available

Feel free to inquire about my sliding scale rate

(for those experiencing financial need)

Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be billed for the hourly rate.

Some extended health plans or Funding Units cover music therapy or counselling sessions with a Registered Clinical Counsellor or MTA. Consult with your provider and if there are problems I may be able to assist you in requesting an amendment to their "limitations for service providers."