RN, MA, MT-BC, LMHC, LMFT (CO) Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Board Certified Music Therapist
I am passionate about helping others to find the goodness within them and to heal the barriers that prevent them from embracing the light of goodness inside. Each of us comes into this world as a magnificent sun. What often trips us up is that we learn to identify with the clouds — ugly things…
Answering need in our community
Music is my superpower. Music and art saved my life. I grew up in a small town in Arizona with limited opportunities for music and the arts, and my family didn’t have enough money for lessons, so I had to teach myself. I first started to play guitar and write songs, then taught myself to play piano, oboe, and most of the woodwinds while I was in high school. I also participated in the choir and band festivals. By the time I was in college as a music major, I was playing oboe and English Horn in the Community college orchestra, while also taking voice lessons and participating in the choir.
Discovering the Power of Music Therapy
I deeply felt that science, the arts, and healing had to go together somehow. Straight out of college, I needed to make a living, so I went into nursing, working in rehabilitation medicine with kids and adults. I saw how music helped my clients heal during and after traumatic experiences and later I would find out about neurological music therapy.
I got a Masters in Music Therapy and Counseling.
I kept learning. I learned about mindfulness, meditation, body-centered psychotherapy, art therapy, contemplative psychotherapy, and other body-centered therapies.
I Learned About the Effect of Trauma on the Body
I decided to get certified in trauma therapy and then as a play therapist and as a couples therapist.
A Need in Spokane…
When I moved to Spokane I saw there was only one music therapist in the area and a great need for music therapy/play therapy for people in poverty and on Medicaid. I wanted to help children and adults with special needs in our community to access the best care possible. To this day, these are my driving passions in life. If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to me at (509) 979-4357.