Mental Health for Musicians
Online Individual Therapy Sessions
How can you benefit from this blend of psychotherapy, clinical counselling, and music therapy?
Would you like to to shift the way you are relating to your music, creativity, performance, and yourself? The approach I offer can be especially effective 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 can I help with?
Who can benefit?
If you would like to explore working together, contact me to book an appointment or to schedule a complimentary consultation.
What happens during an online therapy for session for musicians?
We meet on a secure video call. We address what’s bothering you in a talk-music-talk model. First, we talk about the challenge you’re bringing in. Depending on your comfort and needs, we might spend the first few sessions in this talking space, or we might move to music in the first session.
Then, we address the challenge in music. I work with you to gently co-create a supportive musical experience that can help explore and/or address your concerns. This could involve listening to music, writing music, and/or playing. We take our time and check in often to be sure that we are moving at a pace that is comfortable for you. We then talk about the musical experience and connect it to the concern you brought in.
The purpose of this is to work with your concerns, not to “make aesthetically beautiful music”. No one else will hear this music.
Individual sessions are 50-minutes long.
A bit more about my experience in this field.
As a therapist, I view it as a privilege to hold space for challenging situations, listen well and offer unconditional positive regard. I know what it is to feel isolated and alone, to be someone who feels things deeply and yet doesn’t feel like they “fit in”. I specialize in working with musicians and have the training and experience to support your needs.
I have been a mental health practitioner for 15 years, including as a music therapist, psychotherapist, and clinical counsellor. I hold PhD and Master’s degrees in music, mental health and well-being, and have additional training in counselling psychology.
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.
Seabrook Music Therapy operates on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. This land is also Treaty territory of the Williams Treaties and is now home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. I am grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and play on this land.