CREATIVE DEPTH PSYCHOTHERAPY

Frequently Asked Questions

How will you help me with my problem?

Everyone who decides to pursue therapy needs something a little bit different, and the relationship that we form as well as the work that we do, if we choose to work together, will be unique to us.  I understand therapy as a process of exploration, where we try to understand the dynamics of your difficulties in depth and look to your thoughts, feelings, fantasies, experiences, and relationships as part of developing a full understanding of you.  If you are thinking, behaving, or interacting with others in ways that you would like to change, I believe that we need to try to understand why you developed and may be stuck in patterns that are no longer serving you, rather than simply trying to eradicate them.  Many people find that this approach to therapy and self-understanding leads to growth, healing, and lasting change.

What do your credentials mean?

My credentials include the LCAT, which refers to my designation as a “licensed creative arts therapist” in the state of New York.  This license is granted to creative arts therapists (including music, dance, drama, and art therapists) who complete an approved graduate education program, pass a board exam, and receive 1500 hours of post-graduate supervision.  Creative arts therapists are licensed to practice psychotherapy and are considered one of the state’s licensed mental health professionals.  To learn more about the LCAT license, visit the website for the New York State Office of the Professions.  My other credential, the MT-BC, abbreviates the title “music therapist, board certified.”  This is a national certification granted to individuals who complete an approved music therapy university program (there are over 70 such programs around the United States), fulfill a 1200-hour internship, and pass a board exam.  You can learn more about the MT-BC credential by visiting the Certification Board for Music Therapists website.  

Do you accept insurance?
Most insurance companies will reimburse for my psychotherapy services, as part of your out-of-network benefits.  If you don’t have insurance (or your benefits do not cover psychotherapy) and you have financial concerns, we can discuss a sliding scale fee.

What is music psychotherapy?
Music psychotherapy is practiced by music therapists who have been trained in psychotherapy– in New York, these therapists have the LCAT license.  Depending on your past experiences, you may find seeing a music psychotherapist to be very similar to working with any other type of psychotherapist.  The music is simply another tool that can be used during the therapeutic process. 

Is it necessary to use music if I want to work with Meghan?
No.  If we choose to work together, you will find yourself working in an environment that values creativity, but use of musical instruments or music processes is not a requirement to engage in a psychotherapy relationship or benefit from that work.  There are many other ways to tap into creativity for the purpose of self-exploration and healing, including the consideration of dreams, the roles we play in life and in relationships, and our own internal creative sense.

Why would I pursue psychotherapy that includes music and creative arts instead of regular talk therapy?
Verbal therapy and conversation are still part of a music psychotherapy session.  Music interventions can be included in a variety of different ways depending on the goals for therapy– but what the music provides when it is part of the session is a way to access feelings, the body, and different aspects of the self that often cannot be reached using cognitive processes (such as talking, thinking, and analyzing) alone.  Some individuals choose to see Meghan because the presence of creativity and artistic sensibility in their therapeutic process is important to them, regardless of whether they are interested in engaging with music processes in session.

What if I don’t have any musical ability?
The music that is used within a music psychotherapy session is music for your heart and soul– it does not rely in any way on musical skills or knowledge.  If you are interested in pursuing psychotherapy and willing to consider the ways that humans express themselves beyond words, music psychotherapy could be well-suited to you.