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.
As a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), an advanced trainee of the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and a classically trained professional cellist, I am a passionate and experienced therapist with 18+ years of combined international experiences in creative/expressive arts therapy, cello performance, music education, and arts administration.
I have completed my Equivalency in Music Therapy degree and passed my Board- Certification in 2014. My preferred population during practicum, internship, and job selections have been in medical music therapy and mental health. Serving and working in the mental health medical field is my passion and focus as a music therapist. I see 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.
Since 2014, I have 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).
Currently I work as a Music Therapist at UNC Health. I provide re-educative, insight building music psychotherapy individual and group sessions in the Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders Unit and Perinatal Psychiatry Inpatient Unit.
In addition to my medical, and state psychiatric hospital experiences, I have been an Advanced Trainee in the Bonny Method-Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) since 2015. I am a candidate to complete my GIM Fellowship by September 2020. My passion and specializations are music-focused relaxation, stress-management, anxiety, pain, and depression treatment. My GIM Fellowship thesis will be the presentation of a new music program supporting clients to work through grief, loss, and life transitions.
Specialized in creative/expressive arts therapy, music-focused relaxation, anxiety, pain & depression treatment and management for individual and group sessions in Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, NC, I am looking forward to helping you achieve your personal goals, and develop effective communication skills.