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Music Therapy and Wellness: An Interview with Ellen Whealton, MA, MT-BC

Music Therapy and Wellness: An Interview with Ellen Whealton, MA, MT-BC

Each music therapist has their own story to tell of how they entered the profession. And, each music therapist brings a unique combination of skills, talents, strengths, interests, and inspiration to their practice. In this interview, Ellen Whealton shares her remarkable journey into music therapy and how she incorporates wellness, meditation, imagery, and essential oils into her practice.

Songs for Relaxation

Songs for Relaxation

Take deep breath in. Exhale. The relationship between music and relaxation is one that remains important over our entire lifespan. The ability for music to create calm and provide something soothing to listen to and feel is an experience most of us are familiar with, and a valuable premise in music therapy. . .

Songs For Gratitude

Songs For Gratitude

Despite how powerful and simple gratitude can be, it can also be easy to forget, especially in times when we need it most. When interwoven, music and gratitude can bring the beauty of life front and center, reminding us that in in any moment there is something to be grateful for…

AMTA’s 2014 National Conference

AMTA’s 2014 National Conference

The American Music Therapy Association’s 2014 National Conference is happening this week in Louisville, Kentucky. I will be presenting on Sunday morning at 9:15 am on essential self-care practices for music therapists working in mental health…

5 Ways Music Therapy Is Used To Improve Mental Health

5 Ways Music Therapy Is Used To Improve Mental Health

Music helps us celebrate our greatest moments in life, and soothes us through the worst. It joins us in the car, at the movies, in restaurants, at the gym, and in simple moments with loved ones. Music honors individuals, cultures, trends, love, heartache, friendship, pain, and humanity. Even inside of us, elements of music are…

Songs For Strength and Motivation

Songs For Strength and Motivation

I once worked with a client who said the song “Never Too Late” by Three Days Grace kept her from committing suicide. She said the song happened to play on her iPod at just the right moment to change her mind. When we listened to the song together, her sad eyes lit up and. . .