News and Insights

A journalist experiences Guided Imagery and Music

A journalist and friend, Damian Fowler, interviewed me and other music therapists, and writes about his personal experience of a music therapy session. You can read about his experience here in order to get a sense of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and music therapy from a client’s perspective, and to read about his profound experience […]

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Treating trauma with Guided Imagery and Music.

In 2015, I co-authored an article for the journal, Music and Medicine, a link to which can be found here: Treatment of Trauma Utilizing GIM. The editors describe the article: This report is a generous synthesis of GIM and The Bonny Method, reflecting how music and imagery can impact work with trauma, PTSD, and how it […]

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Trouble sleeping at night?

Many clients complain of insomnia, anxious or racing thoughts while they lie in bed, difficulties falling asleep, or the problem of waking up in the middle of the night. All of which leaves a person feeling unrested, depleted of energy, even exhausted and unable to make basic decisions. There is lots of advice out there […]

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Moving away from Psychology Today, to Psychology Tomorrow…

Having subscribed to Psychology Today magazine, and advertised in its therapist directory for several years, I have recently ended my subscription. Despite it being one of the largest search engines for therapists, helping many people find a therapist, I find the ethos of the Psychology Today magazine antithetical to my own understandings about therapy and […]

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Trauma-Informed Guided Imagery and Music

On July 16, 1:30-3:00pm, Erin Montgomery and I will be presenting at the 23rd International Conference of the Association for Music and Imagery in Elizabeth, NJ. Our presentation will explore Judith Herman’s phase-oriented model of working with trauma as it relates to a developmental model of Guided Imagery and Music: Supportive GIM for Safety and Stabilization; […]

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Art as Non-Performative

Savion Glover was at the Joyce Theater in New York City this summer. I didn’t know anything about his production, “Om,” but had seen him perform before and was willing to be completely surprised. And I was. The curtain opened on a stage filled with pictures of religious figures and tap dancing icons, surrounded by […]

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Skype Supervision available

Are you a creative arts therapy student or professional looking for clinical supervision? I am now available to provide supervision via Skype or Facetime. For several years now I have been able to provide therapy for clients who have moved out of state, or abroad, and needed to continue services with me. Despite the technological […]

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Overheard: a comedian feels sad

The comedian Louis C.K. appeared on the Conan O’Brien show last year. I think his reflections on the damaging effect of cell phones on the developing empathy in children, went viral for a while. When I first watched the clip, I felt completely in awe of this man. He beautifully describes experiencing the thing that […]

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Music Psychotherapy Group in Manhattan

Suzannah facilitates a weekly music psychotherapy group for high-functioning adults.  It is an ongoing, open-membership group for those individuals interested in a depth-oriented creative arts therapy process. Meets weekly on Wednesday evenings $50 per 1.5 hour session Addresses your relationship to music, self and others Utilizes unfolding group dynamics, words, music and imagery processes The […]

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Overheard: Two musicians, listening anew

I take special pleasure in reading the obituaries and life-retrospectives of musicians – I enjoy learning about their challenges and life-sufferings, as well as their relationships to music and how this relationship might change over time. The highly respected conductor Claudio Abbado died in January 2014, aged 80. Claudio Abbado’s obituary included a story from […]

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