"Let us go onward with copious amounts of care, courage, & commitment to showing up the best we can, in all the ways we can." Chani Nicholas
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Wyomissing, PA
Supervised by Jennifer Bottinelli, PC007834
As a music therapist within an integrative wellness center, my practice incorporates a person’s mind, body, spirit, and emotions in the healing process. Part of our work together may involve breathing exercises and sensation awareness, physical movement such as dance or other movement, voice work, and grounding exercises.
I strive to practice from a culturally sensitive and culturally humble framework. For me, this involves affirm every person’s gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality; acknowledging and addressing the impact of white supremacy and racism on all people’s wellness; and acknowledging the impact of having a disability within ableist structures and systems and striving to create a space that is equitable and adaptive to meet people where they are.
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.
Music therapy interventions can improve pain management and can help people of all ages to manage medical conditions and their physical and mental symptoms/side effects. Following injury, music therapy interventions can help the injured to cope mentally and promote physical rehabilitation. Individuals who are receiving infusions as part of medical treatment can benefit from programmed relaxation exercises. If there is a medical condition or event that is impacting you, music therapy may help.
As a dually-certified music therapist and doula, I have the unique capacity to provide assistance during every stage of pregnancy and postpartum. Programmed music interventions create a birth experience that is calm, safe and supportive. Many people with histories of infertility, previous loss, sexual violence, domestic violence, birth-related trauma, or any history of trauma benefit from music-based strategies for coping during the prenatal, birthing, and postpartum periods.
There are aspects of our human experience that are difficult to reach with words, and music therapy can provide a valuable tool to gaining insights, developing coping strategies, and connecting with our mind, body, and spirit in a new way. Whether we are creating playlists to help during high-anxiety times, working on grounding strategies through music-assisted relaxations, or improvising to release anxious energy, music has great potential to assist people of all ages with anxiety.