Welcome! I am a master's level board-certified music therapist in Philadelphia. I provide music therapy for individuals and groups. Most clients come to my studio in West Philadelphia, but I also travel to homes and organizations. I work with people of all ages and backgrounds, and I specialize in working with the following populations:
Gender and Sexual Orientation
-Trans* and Genderqueer Music Therapy Group
Spring 2016 group now forming
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Through my work with Camp Aranu'tiq, a summer camp for transgender youth, I have seen the deep connection between music and identity. This work inspired me to write my master's thesis on the ways that transgender people experience their voice. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for trans* and genderqueer folks, as well as those who are seeking to explore their gender and sexuality. I see my role as gently guiding clients as they learn to access their own creativity in order to become more in tune with parts of the self that may have become hidden or lost over the years.
Music therapy has been shown to improve quality of life, decrease feelings of isolation, and provides cognitive and physical stimulation. Individuals who have lost cognitive functioning due to stroke, dementia, or other illnesses, can often retain communication and expression through music.
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Depression and Anxiety
Music therapy has been found to improve mood for a variety of reasons. One simple reason is that both playing and listening to music release endorphins, which creates a pleasurable experience for our brains and bodies.
Music therapy is a deep and freeing way to engage with emotions and strengths that may be otherwise difficult to reach. People often need something beyond talking in order to fully understand a pattern, relationship, or emotion. Much of my therapeutic approach relies on noticing the present moment. This mindfulness can be helpful to people who are used to racing thoughts and ruminations.
Clients often find that music therapy helps them calm their thoughts, while learning to practice letting go and being present. Together, we use music to experience and notice-- to really get deep down to the root of what's going on for you.
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