Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT, LCSW

920.903.1009

800.791.3601

 info@expressivetherapies.net

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.

Expressive Therapies Staff

Sara Devine MT-BC, NMT-Member, LCSW is founder and a therapist at Expressive Therapies LLC. She has over 15 years of experience working with individuals and groups combining her passions of music and positive mental health together in her approach to optimize potential and promote wellness! Sara is a Board Certified Music Therapist, Neurologic Music Therapy - Member and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Sara is trained to become an International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC), currently finishing this process. She is also in her final year of training to become a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, working specifically with the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery through Music.

 

Sara has had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of ages from infants through geriatrics and populations including: traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities, autism spectrum, medical diagnoses including cancer, cardiac and physical rehabilitation, cognitive disabilities, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease to depression and anxiety due to situational stressors and/or chronic illness.

 

“My background in music therapy is a wonderful tool to diversify my therapy approach and one which I have found people can learn to use on their own. I love watching the power of music when it is combined with therapy, to bring patients to a deeper level of healing!”

 

Sara is currently on the panels for Arise, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, UMR, Preferred One/Multiplan/Aetna, HPS Meritain, Humana, Network Health,Tricare, WEA, and Medicare.

 Rachel Lofton MT-BC, NMT-member joined Expressive Therapies in September 2016. Rachel has four years of prior experience in music therapy, working primarily with psychiatric populations including individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, substance use disorders and personality disorders. She also has experience working with children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Rachel has always been fascinated by how the brain processes music, and how music can have such profound effects on the brain, so in May of 2015 she completed the Neurologic Music Therapy training in Ft. Collins, Colorado. Rachel is so excited to be a part of the Expressive Therapies team!

 

 

Rachel

 Tiffany Vollrath, MT-BC, NMT-Member, graduated from The University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music degree.  After completing a 6 month internship at Cedar Lake Campus in West Bend, WI, she has practiced music therapy with a variety of populations including: skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and dementia, early childhood, pregnancy and childbirth, and developmental disabilities. Tiffany is also a Neurologic Music Therapy member. She is able to use this knowledge with her varied client base that she enjoys working with. Besides being employed with Expressive Therapies, she has been a choir director and artist in resident with VSA Wisconsin for 17 years. 

 

 

Pamela Andersen, MT-BC, NMT-Member joined Expressive Therapies in September of 2017. Pam is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a degree in Music Therapy and Elementary Education. Pam worked as a private practice Music Therapist primarily serving children, and adults and working with VSA Wisconsin. Pam has spent 15 years as a certified Yamaha Music Education Specialist and is overjoyed to be a part of the Expressive Therapies team.

Meghan Fischer ATR-P, LPC-IT

Meghan is a recent graduate from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, P.A. completing her Master's degree in Art Therapy with a Specialization in Counseling. While in Pennsylvania, Meghan served members of a Hospice and Homecare Program, creating a space for exploration of emotions, fears, and hopes for the future through creative expression. Since returning to Wisconsin, Meghan has had the opportunity to serve survivors of sexual assault, and is looking forward to her next chapter as a blossoming art therapist.

Alyssa Gruett, MS, ATR, LPC, is a Registered Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a licensed Art Educator.  She earned her Master's degree in Art Therapy, with an emphasis in Counseling, from Mount Mary University in 2013 and her Bachelor's degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, in 2007. Alyssa believes in the healing powers of the creative arts and enjoys sharing how the creative process can be used for reflection, community building, and self-expression.

 

Alyssa works with clients of all ages, but specializes in children and adolescents. She has experience working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mood disorders, anxiety disorders, anger, boundaries, depression, bereavement, self-injurious behaviors, suicidal ideation, relationship conflicts, and life transitions.

 

Since Alyssa joined the Expressive Therapies team in December of 2017, she has not stopped dreaming of all of the creative possibilities. She is excited to be a part of this fantastic team, and is looking forward to making some art with you! 

Alyssa

Jennifer LeVasseur MT-BC, NMT-Member is a recent graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where she earned degrees in Music Therapy and English with Creative Writing. She has enjoyed working with a variety of clients, including: hospice, Alzheimer's/dementia, Parkinson's, cancer, homelessness, autism, and developmental disabilities. She is passionate about both music and writing as creative, therapeutic outlets and plans to pursue further training in both in order to best serve the community. Jennifer is thrilled to be in Wisconsin as part of the Expressive Therapies team!

Sara Williams MT-BC worked in the music therapy field for four years prior to starting with Expressive Therapies in early 2016.

She has enjoyed working with clients from the toddler years through geriatrics, and she is experienced in working with populations such as dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, well-elderly/long term care, depression, anxiety, and additional behavioral health diagnoses, early intervention, and autism.  

Sara is passionate about using music to help others achieve greater balance and wellness, utilizing a whole-person approach with her clients. She enthusiastically incorporates her love of art and crafts within her therapeutic practice as well, noting how the expressive arts create powerful outlets for communication and processing. 

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