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Creative practices can often be a safer and more direct way of expressing, experiencing and understanding the most challenging emotions. I integrate my experience as a performer in Jazz, improvised and World music as well twenty years of zen practice into a unique and effective approach to therapy. Using both verbal psychotherapy and creative art mediums in a safe and supportive environment I work to guide the therapeutic process towards achieving a client's unique goals.

— Aaron Shragge, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I am a board certified music therapist, and I am able to use techniques such as song writing in my work over telehealth, primarily with children.

— Jodie Deignan, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in White Plains, NY
 

In music therapy, music is used as a tool and in relationship with a therapist to help with self expression where words fail.

— Toby Williams, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

I completed by degree in music therapy and have been a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) since 2014. My work has included facilitating group music making, listening to preferred or meaningful songs, music-assisted relaxation, and songwriting for families coping with chronic and terminal illness, children’s bereavement groups, and intergenerational support.

— Brittany Tachkov, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pleasanton, CA

I have a master's degree and board certification in music therapy, and have practiced music therapy since 2010. I have experience working in medical, hospice, and mental health settings. I now integrate music therapy into my private work with clients, using virtual methods including music listening and analysis, songwriting, development of music coping skills, and music imagery and relaxation.

— Rachel Epley, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

Music therapy incorporates music as a way to improve your mental health and overall well-being. From listening to music, playing an instrument, singing or writing a song, music therapy, when practiced with a licensed therapist, gives you the ability to discover or express underlying causes of pain or stress. People of all ages can benefit from music therapy, and no amount of musical ability or prior experience is needed.

— Tori Mierlak, Creative Art Therapist in New York, NY

I received my graduate degree from NYU in Music Therapy, specializing in the psychology of the voice. Music taps us into our emotions and memories, which can be a helpful addition to talk therapy. Singing stimulates the vagus nerve, which helps us to relax. Sessions optionally include breath work, singing, toning, sound making, songwriting, music listening, lyric discussion and verbal psychotherapy. I also help professional singers heal trauma impacting their voice and self-expression.

— Melissa Guttman, Creative Art Therapist in Brooklyn, NY
 

Music therapy is the strategic use of music toward a non-musical goal. I am a board-certified music therapist working with music therapy since 9/11. As I advanced my training into a doctoral degree in clinical psychology I have focused on using music therapy for anxiety management. I specialize in musician’s mental health. I have a unique perspective to welcome client’s music into sessions to access their full selves.

— Genevieve Weiscovitz, Clinical Psychologist in , CA

Music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a board-certified music therapist. Music therapists use individualized music-based interventions to address goals using a variety of music, verbal, and nonverbal techniques. Because music is a powerful medium, unique outcomes can be possible.

— Cara Hart, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Shillington, PA
 

While not all of my clients choose to incorporate music into our work, it can be helpful at times to find ways to express ideas and feelings beyond words. It might include making music, or sharing music that is meaningful in order to explore ourselves more deeply. My initial therapy training was in the Music Therapy program at NYU, where I earned an MA in Music Therapy.

— Kate O'Brien, Therapist in New York, NY

Music therapy is the strategic use of music toward a non-musical goal. I have been an board-certified music therapist for over 10 years. I specialize in using music for anxiety management and self expression. I am particularly interested in working with musician’s mental health. Inviting client’s musical lives into the therapy can be rich and powerful way to address their goals. Whatever your relationship to music, I believe you will find music therapy a fun and effective way to work.

— Genevieve Weiscovitz, Clinical Psychologist in , CA