Music Psychotherapy is the use of music as a clinical tool for growth and change with a psychodynamic focus that includes verbal processing. Music is used creatively and in partnership with the client to facilitate personal insight, connection to feelings and enhanced expression.
You do not need to play an instrument or consider yourself a singer to participate and benefit from music psychotherapy.
I infuse elements of music into verbal and non verbal methods. I listen like a musician, whether you are speaking or making music. I pay attention to the tempo of your speech and my responses. Slowing down the flow of the way we tell our stories guards again flooding and allows for more space to feel. Stopping to breathe, making some sounds, improvising rhythm and free associating vocally to a two chord accompaniment are some ways to help us to feel what we’re saying. I take my cue from you. I will provide you with tools to do at home in the form of breathing and written or artistic processing to get you more and more in touch with your ability to resource yourself.
Toby studied psychology and music at the University of California at Irvine and received her master’s degree in music therapy from New York University in 2014. From there, she completed a three-year certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy with Dr. Diane Austin. Toby has threaded her belief in the primacy of voice work throughout her career working in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, with autistic children and adults and in medical settings with adults undergoing treatment for cancer and recovering from heart surgery. Identity issues that surface from change, trauma and stressful life events can be worked on through a mix of musical and verbal processing. Feeling seen, heard and encouraged to break through old patterns while being trusted that you hold inside you the wisdom that you need provides for a sustainable practice for moving through life’s challenges.