Psychotherapy is one path to understanding oneself more fully; it can help one to be alive, engaged, and purposeful in daily living. In that journey of self-discovery, sometimes words are not enough. Many psychotherapists of all types are reaching out to discover more creative ways of conducting therapy, to engage the body and soul in addition to the mind. As a creative arts therapist, Meghan has a flowing, collaborative style that engages the whole self, whether a session focuses mostly on conversation or on specific music interactions or– as in sessions with children– on therapeutic play.
As a depth-oriented therapist, Meghan helps her clients to explore their thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and life patterns, and to discover connections to the deeper self. Dreams, daydreams, and fantasies can provide important pathways to insight and healing. Stressors and symptoms are addressed with respect for the purpose they may serve in helping to create a feeling of balance in life. Meghan strives to create a safe space in the therapy room where exploration can flourish, and clients can find themselves feeling more trusting, autonomous, and confident in the world.
For those who choose to engage this aspect of Meghan’s expertise, music can be used in a variety of healthful and deeply therapeutic ways. Music combined with relaxation exercises or imagery experiences can help to create a calm place where difficult emotions can be soothed and coped with. Improvising with instruments or the voice– even if you have no musical experience– can provide a unique expressive opportunity. Even the familiar music that is part of daily life– favorite songs, or other tunes that might be running through your mind– can be powerful tools for therapy. Music interventions are personalized to each client and created collaboratively within each session.
No musical experience or skill is necessary to benefit from music psychotherapy. This modality is ideally suited to anyone who is interested in psychotherapy and willing to consider the ways that we express ourselves beyond words.