GIM and Joyu have been able to help me in a way that traditional therapy had previously failed to do. GIM’s open structure and introspective nature allowed me to slowly share with both Joyu and myself important ideas and emotions I had long ago given up understanding or talking about. It gave me the vocabulary I needed in order express and understand myself, therefore allowing me to conquer issues I previously thought unconquerable."
- Client C.G.
Joyu Lee (she/her), born in Taiwan and raised in New York state, is the owner of Music and Your Mind, LLC and a founding member of Vida Strings.
She received a BM in Cello Performance from the National Taiwan Normal University, and a MM in Cello Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She completed her Music Therapy degree from Appalachian State University and has been a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) since 2014.
Joyu is trained in the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM- Music Psychotherapy) and was declared a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery in October 2020. Joyu was mentored by Dr. Dag Körlin (Swedish Psychiatrist, certified Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Primary Trainer of the GIM method, Director of “IMAGEing: European GIM Trainings”) for the “Music Breathing” certificate. She has completed Part I of III for the CREATING MANDALAS Certificate Program (CMCP), and is a Narrative Therapy influenced practitioner. From 2008 - 2012, Joyu has been a core member of Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Nishinomiya, Japan. For the 2019-2020 season, she is the Assistant Principal Cello with Opera Carolina in Charlotte, NC.
Joyu is a Senior Therapist at UNC Health in Chapel Hill, NC, and primarily works with teens and young adults with eating disorders and in mental health. She provides re-educative, insight building music psychotherapy sessions for groups and individuals on a daily basis.
Since 2014, Joyu has worked as a Creative / Expressive Arts therapist at Cherry Hospital (Goldsboro, NC), Central Regional Hospital (Butner, NC), and as a Music Therapist at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and Children's Hospital (Park Ridge, IL), at Hidden Stream Counseling (Raleigh, NC), and Voices Together (Chapel Hill, NC).
Joyu is a passionate and experienced therapist with 18+ years of combined international experiences in creative/expressive arts therapy, cello performance, music education, and arts administration. Serving and working in the mental health medical field is her passion and focus as a music therapist. She sees the body and the mind as an intertwined system, particularly on how mental health impacts physical health, how physical health impacts mental health, and how music therapy can be used to alter both positively.