Supervision for Music Therapists
I offer clinical supervision for music therapists in person in Victoria, BC and online to anywhere in the world.
The clinical supervision that I offer music therapists might be different than what you’re imagining or what you’ve experienced in your training. When you work with me, we integrate music directly into your supervision process. We talk about what’s going on and process this through live music-making. Being a music therapist can be rewarding and joyful work. It can also be challenging and isolating. We all sometimes need to process our professional experiences with someone who gets it, can hold the space, and provide us with a new perspective.
How can music therapists benefit?
As music therapists, music is our primary mode of communicating with clients. It’s helpful and effective to process our work using music, the same language that we work within. To do this, I integrate music directly into the supervision process.
My goal is to help you become the therapist that you are excited to be, whatever that means to you. I work with music therapists who align with all models and approaches. To meet your needs, I draw on my extensive supervision experience, scholarly work and foundational understanding of all major music therapy models and approaches.
What happens during an online session?
We book a session when you are able to make music in a confidential space and have access to your main instrument and at least one secondary instrument.
We talk about what you’d like to accomplish through music therapy supervision. Then, we address the challenge in music. Together we develop a clear musical experience for you to play where you are. You play, and I listen. For example, this could mean playing a referential improvisation about a particular client or playing freely to connect with your creativity.
We then talk about the music-making and connect it to the concern you brought in.
What happens during an in-person session?
We book a time to meet at my studio. My confidential studio is equipped with high quality instruments, including an acoustic piano, guitars, and percussion. You share what you’d like to address about your music therapy practice. I will listen and ask clarifying questions.
You’ll be invited to musically explore what you bring in – I will support you during these musical explorations. For example, we could role-play a challenging clinical situation, or play a referential improvisation about burnout.
We’ll then talk about the music-making and connect it to the concern you brought in. What you bring in will guide how we balance the amount of talking and music-making in our sessions.
A bit more about my experience in this field.
I bring my extensive clinical supervision experience over the past 12 years to these sessions. I have supervised over 100 undergraduate and graduate students as part of music therapy programs at Wilfrid Laurier and Concordia Universities. I have also been providing confidential professional supervision for the past 8 years to music therapists internationally. I can hold space for the most challenging cases. I can help you get to the heart of the issue and address your needs safely and effectively.
I will support you using a blend of the following perspectives. I draw on music-centered music therapy frameworks and have worked closely with Dr. Colin Andrew Lee in Aesthetic Music Therapy. I bring in psychotherapy and clinical counselling sensibilities with an emphasis on person-centered (Rogerian) and mindful self-compassion work. My approach is further contextualized by intersectional feminist therapy and social justice perspectives.