The Real, Eclectic Music Therapist

When I first started this blog, over three years ago now, I was working part-time for a music therapy private practice. I was still determining who I was as a music therapist, having only been in the field for a brief period of time. I moved into a full-time job a few months after that […]

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The Continuity of Person-Centered Care

I’ve recently had the opportunity of working in both mental health and pediatric medical care. In my transition to adding pediatric medical care to my workload, many people have asked me how I feel about working with a more “difficult” population, meaning children with acute or chronic medical needs or with children who are dying. […]

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Mental Health Therapeutic Revolutions/Session Ideas #4

Last week, I posted some additional therapeutic revolution ideas for the mental health settings. Read below for some more of my original and adapted ideas. THERAPEUTIC REVOLUTION #17 “Mood Playlists“ Goals: Elevate mood; increase positive coping skills; increase emotional awareness; increase mood regulation Therapeutic Revolution: I borrowed this idea from a colleague, and adapted her […]

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Mental Health Therapeutic Revolutions/Session Ideas #3

Note: A couple of months ago, I wrote about a change in thinking when it comes to music therapy “interventions”. Reference that post here to understand why I am calling my intervention ideas “revolutions”. It’s been a busy year for me, despite having finished my masters degree. I took on some additional non-music therapy related […]

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The Realities of Inpatient, Psychiatric Music Therapy

I’ve had the opportunity to work within the same acute inpatient psychiatric facility for two years. It’s not a long time in the grand scheme of a career, but it’s enough to collect some insight on how things work in our world. When I started this particular job, I had a certain assessment of who […]

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Mental Health Session Ideas #2

It’s been a few months since I’ve shared some original intervention ideas for mental health. Within the music therapy world, we don’t often have the opportunity to share ideas and build off of one another. I think it’s important to create a resource for other music therapists to see each other’s work and ideas, which […]

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A Day in the Life of a Psychiatric Music Therapist

Recently, it came to my attention that unless you are a music therapist, or you’ve worked with one, you are likely to have no idea what a typical day looks like in our work. [Thanks for the inspiration, Bob]! Today, I had the pleasure of attempting to photo document what I look like as I go […]

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