Keep Thinking Essentially

The concept of being a healthcare worker is a strange one. When a crisis hits, most people run away, but a healthcare worker runs towards it. In unprecedented times like this, what it means to be a frontline person is evolving daily. A couple of weeks ago, just as COVID-19 was entering the U.S., IContinue reading “Keep Thinking Essentially”

How Trusting in Obliquity May Provide Direction

I really love to learn. I never knew how much I enjoyed it until it was no longer forced on me. Once I graduated college and was finally no longer a student, I realized how much I wanted to keep learning. I recently attended an intensive continuing education course for music therapy. I had beenContinue reading “How Trusting in Obliquity May Provide Direction”

Why We Burn Out

“How are you doing? Are you stressed?” People keep asking me this question a lot. Each time I’m asked this question, I stop and do a mini self-assessment. Am I stressed? No, I don’t think I’m stressed. Despite my heavy work load, I’m doing what I love. That is the answer that I give toContinue reading “Why We Burn Out”

Guest Post: Music Therapy is Easy, Right?

I have long sense touted that my husband is one of the best non-music therapist MTs. He understands deeply what my work entails and can advocate for it and explain it to others just as well as professional music therapists. He would be the first person to say that he does not have the abilityContinue reading “Guest Post: Music Therapy is Easy, Right?”

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 thatContinue reading “The Real, Eclectic Music Therapist”

Redefining Boundaries

Recently, I have found myself considering my personal and professional boundaries more and considering how I may or may not redefine them. In previous posts, I’ve shared my personal diagnosis of type 1 diabetes (T1D). I was not diagnosed with T1D until I was an adult and a practicing music therapist. I had historically beenContinue reading “Redefining Boundaries”

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.Continue reading “The Continuity of Person-Centered Care”

How Saying “Yes” Leads to Advocacy

In the music therapy world, there’s an unspoken feeling among colleagues of being movers and shakers and big risk-takers in the healthcare world. Conversation between music therapists eventually lead to discussions of program proposal dreams, advocacy work, and general convincing of music therapy’s effectiveness to others. It’s with our advocacy that we create opportunities forContinue reading “How Saying “Yes” Leads to Advocacy”

Music & Therapeutic Revolutions

An analog clock¬†consists of a fixed-numbered dial and moving hands. The hands are composed of hour, minute, and second hands.¬†Graduations along the clock face indicate the minutes and the hours, while the various clock hands cycle through each graduation of time, making one revolution around the clock face for every minute, hour, and 12-hour cycle.Continue reading “Music & Therapeutic Revolutions”