Music Therapy Grad realizing success by doing what she loves
As an undergrad, Kimberly Moffit (MMT ’08) was a member of the all-girl pop band Untamed, traveling across the country for shows, recording hit singles. Despite the success, she felt it wasn’t enough. “I realized early on that the process of being a professional musician was great, but I wanted to do more—I wanted to help people,” she says.
Determined to make a difference, Moffit studied music therapy at Laurier. Her program included an internship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, where she helped patients deal with issues such as addiction and schizophrenia, and a masters thesis that examined how songwriting helped six youngsters navigate the tumult of high school.
After completing her graduate work at Laurier, Moffit began offering counseling and music therapy out of a small office. Now, she operates Kimberly Moffit & Associates, providing a range of therapeutic services, including chiropractic and massage therapy, in a beautiful clinic in the heart of downtown Toronto, the 10 members of her team sharing similar ideas and attitudes, she says. A psychotherapist, she is also completing her doctorate in Psychology at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom, and has become a ubiquitous media presence.
Moffit has made more than 100 television appearances on Canadian networks including Cosmo TV, CITY-TV, and the CBC, speaking on issues related to relationships and dating, and her print credentials include The Globe and Mail, Flare Magazine, Fashion Magazine, The Toronto Sun, and the Toronto Star. This year, she is also the national spokesperson for the dating service match.com. She attributes the dramatic growth in her practice to her media presence, ultimately crediting music for her success.
“I never had the opportunity for public speaking when I was younger, but I think, growing up as a musician prepared me well,” she says. Her degree in music therapy also helps her daily at the clinic.
“A physician is trained to see a problem and offer a remedy, but a psychotherapist is trained differently. We ask a lot of questions, trying to get the whole story so that we can design a program for the person we’re working with—this is a creative process. Music is creative. Psychotherapy is creative. It helps to be intuitive because we’re not just trying to know the facts. We’re trying to feel them.”
Despite her success, Moffit remains humble and driven. Every January, she lists her goals for the year, a habit she began in university. She would like to have a presence on American television, similar to what she currently enjoys in Canada, and would like to write a book. Also in her plans, she wants to create a thriving forum for people to access therapeutic services on-line, this to accommodate people’s busy schedules and reluctance to seek help. Always, her goals are rooted in a simple belief: “When you’re doing what you want to do, when you love what you’re doing, you’re going to be successful,” she says.
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