Work With a Music Therapy Student Intern

Thank you for your interest and willingness to work with a music therapy student intern at SoundWell Music Therapy. Before making the decision to work with them, I understand that you might have some questions about the process. That’s why I want to answer any questions you might have so that you can make an informed decision about what would be best for you.

Here you’ll find the answers to these questions, including the necessary steps for being able to work with a music therapy student intern at SoundWell Music Therapy.

Some questions you have may include:

What Does It Mean to Work with a Music Therapy Student Intern?

When you choose to work with a music therapy student intern, you are agreeing to work with someone who is in the final stages of their clinical training to become a music therapist. This means that while they have finished their music therapy coursework, they are still students in that they’re learning about how to be a music therapist in practice. Upon completion of their internship hours, they’ll be eligible to sit for their board examination through the Certification Board of Music Therapists to become a “Music Therapist – Board Certified.” Your agreeing to work with them at this critical time in their educational journey helps make this happen.

How Could Working with a Music Therapy Student Intern Help Me?

It’s important to note that there is a difference between music therapy services that address mental health concerns vs. counseling services that may incorporate music in them. A key difference is that music therapy is a bachelor’s level-entry profession, whereas counseling requires a master’s. This means that a music therapy student intern isn’t necessarily trained to address deep-seated mental health issues in the same way as a counselor or psychotherapist. However, when you choose to work with a music therapy student intern at SoundWell Music Therapy, you are choosing to work with a student who is being supervised by someone who is both an MT-BC and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Some ways that you might benefit from working with a music therapy student intern include learning ways to:

  • Better manage feelings of anxiety or stress.
  • Explore your identity and who you are.
  • Gain greater personal insights and discover new meaning in life.

Music therapy student interns at SoundWell Music Therapy are comfortable working with children, teens, adults, and older adults. You can learn more here about CJ John, the current music therapy student intern working with SoundWell Music Therapy.

How Much Does It Cost to Work with a Music Therapy Student Intern?

Because music therapy interns are still students, services are available at a reduced fee of $40 an hour, unless we have made other arrangements for a sliding-scale. Please note that these services can’t be paid through third-party reimbursements such as insurance or Medicaid. However, services can be paid for by outside community organizations if such an arrangement has been made. Payment for services is due at the time of each session unless other arrangments have been made. Services can be paid for by check, cash, or credit card.

Next Steps to Work with a Music Therapy Student Intern

So now that you’ve decided that you would like to work with a music therapy student intern at SoundWell Music Therapy, you’re probably wondering what to do next. These are the next steps.

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

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The first thing that needs to happen is for us to schedule a free, 15-minute initial consult. You can do so here.

When scheduling, please select the option indicating “Consultation with Intern.” This will allow you to schedule a time when you can speak with the music therapy student intern and determine whether or not it would be a good fit for the two of you to work together. This consultation will be done either by phone or remotely.

Complete Preliminary Paperwork

Once this consultation has been scheduled and confirmed, you’ll receive an email asking you to complete an initial intake form so that the music therapy student intern and I can have a better understanding of what’s going on for you before your consultation. In this email, you should receive a link that will allow you to access your client portal. The sign-in link for this email is valid for 24 hours. You’ll be resent a link if your paperwork hasn’t been received within this time frame.

Schedule and Complete Final Paperwork

After this initial consultation, if you’ve decided that you’d like to work with a music therapy student intern, you can then schedule your first session with them. You will also receive an email asking you to sign a disclosure and policy form for working with the music therapy student intern.

A credit card authorization form will be included with this if there is a fee associated with the services you’ll be receiving. However, you can pay by check or cash as well. Your credit card will only be charged if you indicate that you want to pay via credit card.