Kristen works collaboratively with clients and families to set individualized goals that build upon each person’s unique interests, strengths, and resources. In sessions, she cultivates an affirming space where clients can be, experience, and express however they need to in the moment. A Music Therapy session with Kristen may involve singing, dancing, music improvisation, songwriting, or music listening. As an instructor, Kristen can also incorporate beginner violin, piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons into the session.
Kristen received her Master’s degree in Music Therapy from Slippery Rock University which emphasized culturally responsive approaches to music therapy. Practicing since 2014, she has worked with clients of all ages and abilities, from infants in neonatal intensive care to elders in hospice. Her clinical interests and expertise include: mental health, neurodivergent children and adults, intellectual & developmental disabilities, children and teens, medical, survivors of trauma, and wellness. She has additional training in early childhood music therapy, drum circle facilitation, and guided imagery and music.
Kristen’s clients describe her as warm, open-minded, creative, and flexible. She meets clients where they are at and from there, co-creates a musical journey that supports their emotional, social, physical, and spiritual health. Outside of her work, Kristen enjoys nature walks, yoga, and spending time with her cat and black lab.