MUSIC

PSYCHOTHERAPY 

Psychotherapy within the music therapy framework allows for an opportunity to address a client’s specific mental health needs while working in a creative approach. Music can enhance the therapeutic experience when treating a variety of challenges, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Music psychotherapy interventions include music and mindfulness, guided imagery, songwriting, and much more. No musical experience is required.

Goal Areas Include:  

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Foster personal understanding and development

  • Establish coping mechanisms

We use interventions such as:

  • Songwriting

  • Guided Imagery 

  • Mindfulness techniques 

MEET THE MUSIC PSYCHOTHERAPY TEAM

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NAOMI BEN-AHARON

Certified Music Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read a bit more about me! I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and a Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. I was trained at Wilfrid Laurier University in providing music psychotherapy; a modality that combines the expressive, non-verbal components of music with the insight of the conscious mind through verbal processing. My practice is informed by anti-oppressive, resource-oriented/strengths-based, and collaborative approaches in which the client and I meet each other as two people within a safe space looking to identify and work through difficulties. I have experience within the field of mental health supporting those with concerns such as anxiety, depression, grief, stress, eating disorders, and trauma. In addition to this, I have worked as a music therapist within long-term care homes, hospices, group homes, and with private clients. I have particular interest in supporting those who identify as a part of one or more of the 2SLGBTTQQIAAP+ communities as I identify as non-binary and queer. I am a mixed race, white-passing, settler and continuously aim to explore topics of intersectionality, oppression, and privilege. 

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Amelia Ballak

Certified Music Therapist & Registered Psychotherapist

Amelia graduated Wilfrid Laurier’s Master of Music Therapy in 2017, with the Manfred & Penny Conrad Graduate Award of Distinction. Her clinical experience has included working in long-term care, with children and teens with special needs, and those with mental health challenges. Amelia finds her role as a music therapist inspiring, as she sees how music motivates individuals to realize their
potential. Her qualifications as an accredited music therapist and qualifying member for the College of Registered Psychotherapists allow her to facilitate her sessions in a music and client-centered approach while maintaining working towards goals.

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