Music Therapy and Trauma

Everyone experiences challenges in life. Sometimes these challenges can provide us with great opportunities for personal growth. Yet sometimes these challenges can prove to be traumatic. If left untreated or unacknowledged, these experiences can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can be debilitating because it has a physiological, mental, emotional, and social impact on […]

4 Ways to Mindfully Engage with Music and Sound

It seems like everyday I read a new article articulating the benefits of mindfulness. From incorporating it in healthcare, schools, and business, more and more people and organizations are recognizing how mindfulness can have a positive effect for them. Traditionally, mindfulness has been cultivated through engaging in the mindfulness meditation practices of Buddhism, such as […]

Personal Means of Evidence in End-of-Life Care

As I addressed previously in this blog post, there are a variety of ways that music can be used to enhance a person’s sense of health and well-being. Likewise, the practice of music therapy itself is incredibly diverse, with music therapists working from different orientations including: humanistic, psychodynamic, and music-centered, in addition to behavioral, medical, […]

“What Do You Do as a Music Therapist?”

A question that I often get asked is about what it is that I do as a music therapist, or some other variation of what music therapy is. I live in a part of the United States that fortunately recognizes the value of music. There is a vibrant music scene, as well as sound healers, […]

Monkey Mind and Mindfulness

It seems fair to say that everyone has, at one point in their life, had an experience of “monkey mind” where their thoughts were frantically jumping from thought to thought. “Monkey Mind” is a term from Buddhism that describes that unsettling state of mind where our thoughts seem to be like a monkey swinging from […]

Using Music for Complicated Family Grief

Recently I wrote about grief and complicated family dynamics. In it I suggested that the death of a family member with whom you have a strained relationship can bring up conflicting feelings, while also presenting you with the opportunity to more clearly define what kinds of relationships you want to experience and to examine how […]