Clinical Services

Toby Williams

Clinical Services

Music Psychotherapy

I specialize in helping people to get unstuck, to find links between their past and present and become aware of what is holding them back while learning tools to get our of their own way. I specialize in helping people through major life transitions such as the time between college and career, divorce, menopause, parenting and the empty nest.

The way you walk, talk and breathe all reflect musical elements such as rhythm, timbre and pitch.

Whether we are talking or making music, as a therapist, I listen like a musician.

I pay attention to the tempo of your speech and my responses.

Slowing down the flow of the way we tell our stories helps us to notice what is true and allows for more space to feel.

I take my cue from you. Whether we use words only or add music, I will help you to connect your ability to tell your stories, and to work out deep feelings and conflicts.

I have a degree in psychology from the University of California at Irvine and received my master’s degree in music therapy from New York University in 2004. From there, I completed a three-year certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy with Dr. Diane Austin and completed my licensure in creative arts therapy working with psychiatric patients in an inpatient facility in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. I have threaded my belief in trauma shows up in the body throughout my 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. As director of the music therapy program at The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, I am a leader in our diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work for social justice in the areas of race, disability and LGBTQIA+.

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