When You’re looking for something different from a counselor.
Hello. I’m Faith Halverson-Ramos and I’m a mental health counselor who can offer you that “something different.” I work with people through making things: making music, making meaning, and making connections. Clients I work with often tell me how deeply I listen to what they’re expressing and how easy it is for them to be themselves with me.
I come to the therapy world as a classically-trained vocalist and a spiritual seeker of knowledge. I moved to the Boulder area after living abroad for a few years. While living overseas, I lost my singing voice due to a respiratory illness. This forced me to reevaluate who I was and what my life purpose was going to be. It was at that time that I remembered my desire to help people through music and I found the brochure that my voice teacher had given me about the music therapy program at Naropa University. At Naropa, I regained my voice and my life’s purpose by studying music therapy and transpersonal counseling psychology. I’ve been a board-certified music therapist since 2007 and a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2013.
An expressive and contemplative approach to mental health and wellness
I use music and mindful awareness to enhance the mental health and well-being of people at all stages of life. I do this in a way that honors who a person is and the life experiences that have brought them to this present moment. I will meet you where you are in the here and now of our time together. While I have the professional training, I recognize that my clients are the experts about who they are. I see my role as a therapist as being present and attuned to my clients to serve as a guide, a mirror, and a cheerleader to them along their journey of discovery. The music is meant to further support this.
In using the therapeutic relationship, the creative process, and music, I help people:
- develop and enhance relationships
- foster attunement and healthy attachment
- create, discover, or rediscover personal meaning after undergoing difficult life events
- work through feelings of grief and loss related to life transitions
- experience an enhanced sense of well-being and personal empowerment
Professional Experiences Throughout the Lifespan
My experiences as a therapist and educator are far-ranging. I’ve worked with all ages, from birth to older adulthood and end-of-life. Within this, I’ve worked in a variety of educational and healthcare settings. Each setting allowed me to serve people from different ethnic, socioeconomic, and spiritual backgrounds. Each person has a personal story to share with a unique voice to be heard. I consider it an honor to support and witness the sharing of these stories.
Because I value the role that community and culture can play in your mental health and well-being, taking an active part in creating healthy, vibrant communities is important to me. The following are professional organizations with which I am, or have been, actively involved:
- Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
- Practices for Inner Peace- Longmont
- The World Federation of Music Therapy (WFMT)
- The American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)
- The Colorado Counseling Association
- Online Conference for Music Therapy
Public Speaker and Presenter
As a public speaker, I have presented nationally and internationally on the topics of:
- mindfulness and music
- the power of the voice and therapeutic voiceplay
- mindfulness and the power of clarity
- using the voice in early childhood education classrooms
- music therapy in hospice and palliative care
- positive aging and music