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Do We Learn Our Greatest Lessons From Our Clients?

September 1, 2011
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I’ve never been one to break the rules. I can’t help it. Even as a teenager, when you’re supposed to rebel and come in to your own as an individual, I only snuck out of the house once (to tepee people’s houses, in case you are curious). But I had an awful time. I spent […]

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73 Things I Wish I’d Known as a New Therapist

March 2, 2011
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You’ve finally made it. You’re wearing that graduation cap and gown, have the diploma in one hand (or at least the diploma cover since the actual diploma won’t be shipped for another 6-8 weeks), and are taking your zillionth picture with elated family and friends. You’ve done all your coursework, you’ve finished your internship, and […]

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Important Lessons from a Deaf Musician

February 23, 2011
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My husband introduced me to this TED talk by percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. Glennie–who, incidentally, happens to be deaf–illustrates how “listening” to music involves so much more than using your ears.
I’d like to share this video with you because I feel it contains several relevant and important reminders for us therapists. Aren’t we, too, in […]

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How (and Why) to Accelerate Your Personal Development

October 6, 2010
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Have you watched some of the previews for that new TLC show “Sister Wives”? Although it’s not my type of show (I’m more into crime dramas and comedies), there’s a certain clip they’ve showed that has stuck in my mind.
In this clip, Kody Brown, the husband in the series, describes his four marriages as “accelerated […]

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Is It Just Me, Or Does This Really Work?

August 12, 2010
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You may recall that, in addition to this blog here, I also blog at Psychology Today–though not nearly as often! 🙂 This morning I published a story about an experience I had a couple years ago where I was able to use music to calm two boys in an active “fight, flight, or freeze” response. […]

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3 Online Resources for Therapists in Private Practice

May 18, 2010
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Being in private practice can be lonely work. There’s no water cooler office chat, no people around to bounce ideas off of, and no one to help you process through an experience.
And to make matters worse, for many therapists (music therapists and otherwise), we’re also trying to navigate the ins and outs of running a […]

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How The “Undercover Bosses” Learned to Be Like Therapists

May 13, 2010
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Did you watch the CBS show “Undercover Boss“?
The premise is that one of the head-honchos in an organization (e.g. the President, CEO, or COO) spent a week “undercover,” working in the lower ranking positions in their organization. The boss of Waste Management spent time picking up trash, the boss of 1-800-Flowers swept the floors and […]

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Now Open for Business: Let’s Work Together!

May 4, 2010
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Last week we wrapped up the Music Therapy Maven’s inaugural series: Private Practice 101. We’ve spent the past eight weeks going through the steps that need to happen to get your private practice up and running.
The feedback, comments, and questions I’ve received from you have been wonderful. I’ve never had this type of engagement before, […]

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Therapy is Like Skiing (Kinda)

March 25, 2010

I went to Breckenridge last weekend with my Dad and my two kids. It was my first time skiing in four years (it’s hard to ski when your pregnant or nursing a newborn!).
My Dad’s been skiing almost yearly for about 50 years. Me? I’ve been a couple dozen times over the past 15.
My Dad looks […]

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