Providing Music Therapy Services
to West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland
Barbara Crowe (past president of the National Association for Music Therapy)
"Music therapy can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity."
Jill Harer, MT-BC
NICU Music Therapist, Board Certified Music Therapist, Owner
Jill received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Shepherd University before studying Music Therapy at Shenandoah University where she completed a 7-month clinical internship at Grafton Integrated Health Network in Winchester, VA. Through clinical placements, she has worked with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, various hospital departments, adolescents with mental health needs, and adults with mental health needs in an inpatient mental health center. She has completed specialized training in NICU Music Therapy and Music Therapy Assisted Child Birth. Currently, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Bradley University.
"My personal philosophy of music therapy is one that incorporates a whole-body, client-centered approach. I believe that the body can go through the motions but a deeper level of therapy can occur when the unconscious mind (feelings, thoughts, urges, anxieties, etc.) is also a focus. I see music as a bridge that allows the body a way to speak when the mind can’t find the words, and it’s through music therapy where this opportunity can be provided. The way music can be used is as unique as the clients being served leading to the ability to tailor sessions to the specific needs and strengths of the client(s)."
What is Music Therapy?
information retrived from musictherapy.org
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.
What Do Music Therapist Do?
Music therapists assess emotional well-being, physical health, social functioning, communication abilities, and cognitive skills through musical responses; design music sessions for individuals and groups based on client needs using music improvisation, receptive music listening, song writing, lyric discussion, music and imagery, music performance, and learning through music; participate in interdisciplinary treatment planning, ongoing evaluation, and follow up.
Who Can Benefit From Music Therapy?
Children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer's disease and other aging related conditions, substance abuse problems, brain injuries, physical disabilities, and acute and chronic pain, including mothers in labor.
Where Do Music Therapist Work?
Music therapists work in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.
Sessions are 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour in length
Sessions will be tailored to facilities including behavioral health centers, substance abuse treatment centers, and juvenile detention centers. Interventions will be designed and implemented to meet the specific needs of each group. Session goals can include, but are not limited to, self and emotional expression, normalization of environment, and appropriate social and personal relationships.
Sessions will be tailored to the specific needs of each client, while working with the music therapist to meet specific goals.
An initial assessment will be completed to determine if treatment is indicated. The assessment will be used to develop an individualized treatment plan to address the client's needs and goals.
Drumming has been shown to be a valuable modality in the treatment and management of stress, anxiety, pain, and emotional disorders. Drumming provides a holistic approach to healing where patients can connect to themselves as well as connect to others.
Health and Wellness
Sessions will take a more holistic approach focusing on the patient’s physical, emotional, and mental needs. Interventions in this session will include progressive muscle relaxation, music and movement, and POUND®. POUND® fuses fitness with drumming and will be available to clients and facility staff. Through these interventions clients will be able to reduce stress and tension while becoming more aware of the physical self.
Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth
MTACB consists of a series of sessions usually offered in the last trimester of pregnancy. Music is used to support physical and emotional needs throughout the stages of labor and delivery.
Rhythmically Connected Music Therapy Services is driven by the belief that each person has the strength and ability to set their own path in life. My goal is to provide each client with a space where they can develop or deepen a sense of self, gain independence, and where they can express themselves in the way that is most beneficial to them.