Music Therapy for Musicians
I offer music therapy for musicians in person in Victoria, BC and online to anywhere in the world.
How can musicians benefit from my music therapy approach?
I can help you shift the way you are relating to your music, creativity, performance, and yourself. My approach is especially effective therapy for musicians because it invites you to not only think and talk about these different ways of being, but to practice doing that and experience that different way of being in real-time while making music. This is beneficial because it can be applied directly to your musical practice.
What happens during an online music therapy for musicians session?
We book a session when you are able to make music in a confidential space. We address what’s bothering you in a talk-music-talk model. First, we talk about the challenge you’re bringing in. Then, we address the challenge in music. I suggest a clear musical experience for you to play where you are. You play, and I listen. For example, this could mean playing a structured improvisation on your main instrument or playing freely for 3 minutes on a secondary instrument.
The purpose of this is to work with your concerns, not to “make aesthetically beautiful music”. No one else will hear this music. We then talk about the music-making and connect it to the concern you brought in.
What happens during an in-person music therapy for musicians session?
We book a time to meet at my studio. My studio is a confidential space equipped with high quality instruments including an acoustic piano, percussion, and guitars.
We address what is bothering you in a talk-music-talk model. First, we talk about the challenge you’re bringing in. Then, we address the challenge in music together. I suggest a structured musical experience to support your needs. For example, we might improvise based on a specific emotional theme, or compose a theme for well-being purposes. I usually make music at the same time as you. We then talk about the music-making and connect it to the concern you brought in.
You may play your primary instrument, but often at the beginning of the process it can be helpful to play other instruments in a simplified way. The purpose of this music is to work with your concerns, not to make “aesthetically beautiful music”. No one else will hear this music.
A bit more about my experience in this field.
I specialize in working with musicians and have the training and experience to support your needs. I hold a Master’s degree, am a PhD Candidate in music improvisation and mental health and well-being, and have additional training in counselling psychology. I am a recognized scholar of music therapy improvisation and my original research has been published in international journals.
I have worked successfully with internationally acclaimed classical musicians and with graduate and undergraduate music students. I am familiar with common and not-so-common concerns and I offer you a place to be heard and understood.