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.

Group Music Therapy Sessions

Summer is almost here!! Plan for which groups you are wanting to be a part of -

Check out our 2017 Group Schedule in this Booklet!!


In this booklet, you'll find information on summer groups for 

Social Skills,

Positive Perspectives

Tuning in through Music

Socializing in Music

and added for summer is another session of Sensory Song and Play - click here to see details for summer!



Group therapy can be very successful and powerful for most individuals.

Group therapy, regardless of the group focus, allows for numerous benefits including, but not exclusive to the following:


• Space to gain insight into interpersonal effectiveness and building of interpersonal skills and social skills

• Realization that one is not alone.

• Facilitates giving and receiving support, allowing some to “find their voice”.

• Motivation from peers/other group members to make a change.

• Provides a space to relate to others in a healthy environment.

• Provides space to express feelings in a safe place.


Expressive Therapies offers multiple group settings in order to best meet the needs of each individual.

Look below to learn more about the following groups:


Social Skills and Music Psychotherapy (ages 4-10)

Tuning in Through Music (Preteens and teens)

Socializing in Music (Teens)

Syncopated Senses (all ages)

Positive Perspectives(Teens)

CRESCENDO (a band for teens and adults)

Music and Imagery (adults)

Sensory Song and Play (Caregiver and 18 month-3 years)


Contact Expressive Therapies for questions relating to any of these groups! 







CRESCENDO group members

Some band members working hard!  



A band for individuals (preteen through adults) looking to connect, practice social skills and play an instrument. We currently have three bands that meet on

Thursday nights, providing a place to build connections, practice social skills & create music together.


Contact Expressive Therapies for more information! 





Sensory Song and Play



      This group is for caregiver and child (ages 18 months to 3 years) seeking to engage in activities that will stimulate your child’s developing brain, sensory system and physical body.  

      Through music therapy and occupational therapy techniques, caregiver and child will engage in purposeful play and music.

     Families will leave group with great melodies and new insights into using play as a tool for healthy development.


Potential Side Effects:


  • Connections with other parents/caregivers
  • Increased connection with your child
  • Improved confidence in Purposeful Play
  • Improved knowledge of play as a tool for learning
  • Increased song repertoire for intentional activities




Sensory Song and Play

Social Skills through Music Psychotherapy

Through small group music psychotherapy interventions – group participants will gain experiences with: Social use of language Initiating and maintaining conversations Gaining empathy and perspective Improving attention and organization Improving emotional regulation Improving interpersonal skills Improving self-esteem 45 minute or 60 minute groups Limited to five group participants of similar ages and strengths An initial screening is required prior to your child/teen beginning in the group setting Cost is dependent on length of group. Insurance and/or other funding may be available to help offset the cost. Please contact Expressive Therapies to discuss what out-of-pocket costs may be for your individual situation!



Music is a very powerful tool! We don’t need any experience or special talent on an instrument in order to benefit from the powers and motivation of music! These groups will incorporate listening to favorite music, expanding knowledge of music and instruments, creative movement, song writing and working together with problem solving and teamwork!



Tuning in Through Music


A group for preteens and teens to learn to use music in grounding & centering themselves, practicing emotional regulation, distress tolerance skills, gaining empathy and communication skills!


Through small group music psychotherapy interventions group members will gain experience in:


  • Being Socially Engaged
  • Initiating and maintaining conversations
  • Gaining empathy and perspective
  • Improving attention and organization
  • Improving interpersonal skills
  • Improving self-esteem
  • Gaining insight into their emotions and appropriate affect
  • Improving emotional regulation / self-regulation skills
  • Improving mindfulness and relaxation skills
  • Improving leadership skills





Socializing in Music

A Social Skills group for teens!


This is an eight week social skills group that gathers teens with similar strengths and needs with a goal to improve upon your teens’ social skills.



The skills that will be focused on include:


  • Being Socially Engaged
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Emotional Expression
  • Initiating and Maintaining Conversations
  • Improving Self Esteem
  • Improving Leadership Skills


Progress is measured using a social skills scale and a prompting scale that objectively explain where each teen’s social skill levels are in each session.

Our goal is for each participant to improve upon their social skills by at least 1 skill level over the course of the 8-week group!



Calm down song - syncopated senses

    Singing the Calm Down Song

         while in an inversion!

Syncopated Senses - The COLOR CONTINUUM

“Finding success and fulfillment in your own beat!!”

Expressive Therapies LLC and Building Hope Therapy Services LLC

Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW and Amanda Kletti MS OTR/L


Join us for practical and functional music, sensory based, life changing interventions to improve social participation, teamwork, self-regulation, sensory modulation, gross and fine motor development and cognition; all through activities that just feel like fun!


Potential side effects:

  •  Improved mood

  Improved sense of self

  Growth in learning how to regulate own emotions

  Growth in learning how to regulate own sensory needs

  Improved body awareness and sense of space



Positive Perspectives (P2)

Being a teen can be really stressful! Mindfulness is a powerful way to handle stress, and live life more fully. Mindfulness is all about being present, living fully in the moment, without judgment, and with an attitude of kindness to ourselves and others. It’s about breathing, being curious, noticing what’s happening right here and now, sending a gentle smile to whatever you’re experiencing in this moment (whether it’s easy or difficult), and then letting it go. You can be mindful anytime, anywhere, no matter what you’re doing.  It sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to do, especially when you are stressed!


This group is open to any individual ages 14-19 whether this student is neurotypical or atypical.  Ideal for supporting mental health needs (improving mood, decreasing stress, decreasing anxiety).  

In order to have an independent lifestyle, teens will also benefit from developing executive functioning skills

(important for all individuals to improve focus, increase attention span, self-awareness, self-regulation, and time management skills). 







Pas de Deux

Music and Imagery

Clients and therapist agree upon a focus, from here the therapist & music are co-therapists for the imagery work.  Utilizing carefully selected music, depending upon the focus and desire of the session, the purpose of the session is to get “a glimpse of the psyche”.  The intent is to address 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.


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). 




In the group, we would identify common themes to focus on for the imagery portion of group. During this part, we shared what was going on in our lives, and this was a great way to get to know the fellow group members. The music was well chosen – not having lyrics seemed especially beneficial – and music that didn’t belong to an “extreme” genre was helpful so it wasn’t triggering to group members. Sara has a very relaxing voice that helped to guide the imagery portion of the experience. Focusing on the theme and using music really helped to “carry” the imagery experience. My favorite part of the group was processing the images we drew and identifying how they related to what we and other group members were going through, then eventually recognizing common themes / metaphors / etc. was really neat. Having other people to give feedback / point out different perspectives was very helpful.

                                ~ M (group member)



Music Enrichment

Sometimes Music Therapy is not the best match for the group of clients we are working for.  At times, music enrichment may be a better option.  Music enrichment is still led by board-certified music therapists, however we do not set individual goals for each client or document on these sessions that we provide.

This is an option that many facilities appreciate in order to meet the needs of their clients.


Expressive Therapies will travel to your location to provide these groups.



Sara also teaches music enrichment classes for youth/young adults with special needs through Lawrence Academy. 

Check out Lawrence Academy of Music's webpage to learn more!



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