I work from a client-centered and strengths-based approach in my music therapy practice. I believe the therapeutic relationship (the genuine, human connection between myself and the client) is the basis of any and all progress during therapy. I use my strengths of flexibility, empathy and connection to create meaningful sessions that cater to my clients needs – regardless of the population.
I received my first undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria in English and Political Science. I then studied at Capilano University to receive my BA in Music Therapy and graduated in 2015 as a Certified Music Therapist.
I developed a thriving program at Surrey’s Phoenix Drug & Alcohol Recovery Society in 2015 and continue to work there today. I also work at several alternative high-schools in Vancouver and Burnaby who cater to marginalized and institution-entrenched youth. I also have extensive experience working with seniors in dementia and stroke care, as well as children and youth in adapted and typical music lessons. I have experience running groups and individual sessions with adults and youth with developmental disabilities, and I love delivering programs in schools and group homes for this population.
Throughout my practice, I work from a trauma-informed centre and often attend seminars and conferences to stay up-to-date on the latest information. I also recently (2020) took a course for the recording software “Logic Pro X” and use musical recording and beat producing in a lot of my practice. I have strong vocal, guitar and piano skills and also utilize song-writing and musical-improvisation in my practice.