Music Psychotherapy with Missy
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes - When a clinician combines their music therapy training along with their psychotherapy training , they practice Music Psychotherapy. Music Psychotherapy offers what therapy does but goes beyond it, by using music to effect change in your life; music is a vehicle we use together to promote health and self-discovery within a therapeutic relationship to get you out of your head and into your heart and soul.
While some sessions may look like a typical therapy session where we discuss whatever is important to you, most often we will work on your issues by creating music together, which might involve singing, playing instruments, or moving to or listening to music. I’ve supported clients to improvise and/or songs that help them express what they are experiencing in their lives, powerfully drum out, sing or play their deepest feelings, and experience the intimacy of communication possible through music. Sometimes we will process what happens with words and sometimes we won’t. When we bring music into the room, you will find surprising things emerge and new possibilities can be practiced in session and gradually integrated so you have new ways of being in the world. The following blog post explores a hypothetical session with me.
There are many problems and issues that we can work on together in our psychotherapy sessions. I treat anxiety and depression, life transitions, and many other mental health issues, and I have a special interest in treating LGBTQ+ people, people struggling with marijuana use, and artists with performance-related issues (music, drama, dance, etc.) including performance anxiety, career issues, and burn-out. I also treat people with autism and their families. Music can be an important mode of communication and connection for autistic persons. I can also help parents who may be struggling to connect with their child to find ways to do so musically, together in session.
Talking is always an option. You will never be forced to do music. I like the possibility of working through music to evolve naturally (that is, I usually suggest exploring through music when the moment feels right. Sometimes it doesn't and we'll talk for the entire session. Sometimes for multiple sessions. I'm not the right person for you if you you're reading this and the music piece doesn't appeal to you. If you're not sure, don't let that stop you from making an inquiry!
My fee is $220 for a 50 minute session. I accept Cigna. Otherwise, I also accept out-of-network (OON) benefit coverage. Many insurers offer OON benefits for therapy with an LCAT, and I give you the paperwork you need to apply for any reimbursement you are due. I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation. We can discuss any questions about the fee and insurance when we speak.
Please give me a call or text me (917) 947-9958.
To get the full effect of our relationship, particularly through music, my sessions are generally held in person.