I hold degrees in piano performance, social work and music therapy from the University of Manitoba, Wilfrid Laurier University and the New York University. I am an accredited music therapist and certified to practice the Helen Bonny Method of guided imagery and music.
As the coordinator of Laurier’s Master of Music Therapy program, I can help you decipher if our program is a right fit for you.
In addition to my work with music therapy, I perform collaborative improvisation concerts and piano duet repertoire on modern piano and fortepiano.
I am active as a research and clinical supervisor with a particular interest in arts-based performative research, and imaginal music psychotherapy. I have written book chapters and published in international journals such as the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives and the International Journal of Community Music.
My work with adult clients involves collaborative improvisation, and imaginal listening and art making in the Bonny Method of guided imagery and music, a music-centred psychotherapy and creative approach to healing and growth that engages different levels of consciousness.
My research specialties include arts-based performative inquiry, holistic musicianship and improvisational music psychotherapy. I have developed a reflexive theory of improvisation called Musical Transparency that explores intersections between use of self in music therapy and performance contexts.
I have teaching assistantships for 2nd year graduate students that provide opportunities to work with music therapy and music faculty. Teaching Assistants are involved in a range of academic, clinical and creative activities.
I am willing to supervise students in the areas of arts-based research, improvisation, feminist practices and imaginal music psychotherapy.
For me, improvisation is the integrating element between teaching, clinical work and performance. I am a classically educated pianist who has practiced in improvisational music therapy for 25 years. This musical and psychotherapeutic experience infuses my teaching.