Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW
245 Metro Dr, Appleton WI 54913
Empowering individuals—those living with social, cognitive, emotional, physical and/or spiritual needs—through music, art and mental health therapies to improve health & well-being.
Individual therapy may be Music Therapy, Music Psychotherapy, Music and Imagery or Guided Imagery through Music.
Individual therapy always starts with an initial evaluation. This evaluation is meant to gather as much information as possible through a face to face meeting and gathering of paperwork from the individual/family. From here, a treatment plan is proposed and goals are set. Then individual sessions will begin based on the differing needs of each client. These sessions may be 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 60 minutes in length. For certain Guided Imagery through Music appointments, these may be 90-120 minutes in length. This will be discussed with each individual prior to any appointment.
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. A board-certified music therapist utilizes music and all of its facets-physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual-to help clients to improve or maintain their health.
Music therapy interventions can be designed to:
Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in a wide variety of healthcare and educational settings.
"My son is new to music therapy and I’ve already seen many positives! Music therapy has provided an avenue to increased eye contact and verbal interaction. In a relatively short time, he has built a solid, trustful relationship with his music therapist. Because of this foundation, he and his therapist have used the power of music to encourage eye contact, verbal communication skills, participation, interaction with his therapist(s) and peers, compliance, and maintaining appropriate behaviors. all while being exposed to a variety of musical genres and instruments." ~Lori, mother of an adult son with autism
By utilizing the training from both a music therapy degree as well as a clinical social work background, Sara is able to practice music psychotherapy in order to best meet the needs of some individuals. Music psychotherapy combines the use of music therapy and psychotherapy to find that perfect blend for each individual. By utilizing a holistic, strengths based approach, Sara intentionally utilizes music to address goals that are non-musical in nature. Music allows individuals struggling with expressing themselves verbally a different and unique avenue to facilitate desired change in their lives.
Sara is committed to allowing individuals to access their creativity in order to facilitate change in their own lives. Music psychotherapy allows for Sara's holistic, client centered approach to best meet the needs of each individual seeking help. This may be through cognitive work, transpersonal or meaning centered psychotherapy all through tapping into our creative minds.
Sara's belief that connections between a person's mind, body and spirit have the capacity to affect physical health drives her approach with all who she works with.
"Music psychotherapy has impacted my life from 0 to 100 miles an hour! Singing & playing my djembe drum with Sara, transports me to another world without leaving the room.
When I leave her office, I feel like a NEW person! Yes, NEW!
Sara has a special talent, she has brought back music in my life to help me cope with my cancer and all the issues that come with the illness.
We harmonize songs together and I just love it! What a treat! She makes me HAPPY!!"
~ Nancy individual with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer
Imagery is more than just visualization. Types of imagery may include: visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), gustatory(taste), tactile (touch), kinesthetic (internal sense of movement in the body), body – distortion of body parts, and noetic – a very strong sense of knowing. We are all very unique in how we image, and each time may be different for us. Music and Imagery psychotherapy is a process that allows us to tap into our psyches in order to address issues in our lives in a different method beyond pure talk therapy. A music and imagery session utilizes carefully selected music depending upon the focus and desire of the session. After the music is selected, the therapist and the music become "co-therapists" with both components playing a major role in the session. The intent is to work with one specific issue or intention.
After the imagery work is over, the experience is continued on paper, in order to process, usually through a mandala.
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