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Our Mission

The mission of Music Therapy Services, LLC – Cincinnati is to provide exceptional music therapy services to assist clients in accessing their potential through music.

Music Therapy Services, LLC uses person-centered, collaborative, and strength-based approaches to address the needs of the whole individual, and strives to promote the field of music therapy through advocacy, research, and education.

Our Philosophy

Music Therapy Services, LLC – Cincinnati upholds the inherent dignity and worth of every person.

Our music therapists focus on the strengths of the individual and take a collaborative approach in our treatment to help clients access their potential within a musical relationship. Music therapy involves collaborative music experiences to facilitate changes which are non-musical or musical in nature.

Music therapy sessions are based on individual assessment, treatment planning, and ongoing evaluation. The music therapist functions as part of the interdisciplinary team to support and foster a continuum of care. You can learn more about music therapy here.

Meet our

BOARD-CERTIFIED MUSIC THERAPISTS

Megan Brewer

she/her

DIRECTOR

I believe in the inherent power of music to support, connect, and foster transformative growth in an individual. While disconnection, isolation, and trauma leave us feeling drained or diminished in our ability to care and support ourselves, music therapy can provide a dynamic opportunity to cultivate creativity and connect with ourselves and others on a deeper level. My approach to music therapy is from a person-centered, trauma-informed orientation and includes aspects of psychodynamic and transpersonal perspectives; meaning I take a collaborative approach to treatment, support the individual, and provide space for expressive and receptive symbolic uses of music that may create connections to experiences greater than ourselves.

I first arrived at my training in music therapy after playing the piano for a group of residents in a skilled nursing facility. I noticed a complete change in the energy and engagement of the residents and had to learn more. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Dayton and a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Because of my interest in the symbolic use of music and music psychotherapy approaches, I am currently continuing advanced training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and Analytical Music Therapy (AMT). I have supervised music therapy students and interns as a practicum site and university-affiliated internship, and have served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton teaching functional piano skills for music therapy students.

I have several years of experience in addiction recovery, adolescent and adult mental health, and hospice and end of life care. In addition to seeing clients in our clinic, I have had the privilege of providing services for organizations which include Ridge Ohio, REM Seeds of Change, HOPE for Children and Families, Queen City Hospice, St. Elizabeth Hospice, The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Lighthouse Youth Services, and Clermont County Public Library. I am an active member of the American Music Therapy Association, the Association of Ohio Music Therapists, and serve as Secretary for the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association. In my free time I enjoy singing and playing keys in a classic rock cover band called GenX, biking, hiking, snorkeling, spending time in nature, and taking some quiet time to meditate and practice reiki. I would love to foster a creative space for you on your journey to deepen your relationship with yourself and those around you in body, mind, and spirit.

Publications

  • Shelley, M., Kowski, J., Goldberg, F. S. (2021). Three roads diverged: Transformative self-experience in AMT and GIM. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 30(3), 289-308. doi: 10.1080/08098131.2021.1903976.
  • Brewer, M. (2017). Development of professional identity in music therapy: Interviews with influential voices. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Saint Mary of the Woods College, Saint Mary of the Woods, IN.
  • McHugh, L., Gardstrom, S., Hiller, J., Brewer, M., Diestelkamp, W. (2012). The effect of pre-meal, recreative music therapy on the nutritional intake of residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias: A pilot study. Music Therapy Perspectives, 30, 32-42.

Presentations

  • Everybody Hurts: Using Music Therapy for De-escalating Patients in In-Patient Mental Health. Co-presenter at National Conference of the American Music Therapy Association, Minneapolis, MN. November 2019.
  • Music Therapy in Private Practice. University of Dayton Music Therapy Professional Development Seminar, Dayton, OH. November 2017.
  • Music Therapy Services for Your Community. Clermont County Public Library 2017 Staff Development Day, Batavia, OH. October 2017.
  • Music Therapy in Adolescent Mental Health. HOPE for Children and Families and Family Access to Integrated Recovery: A Program of Central Clinic, Cincinnati, OH. September 2017.
  • Perinatal Music Therapy. St. Elizabeth Hospital Maternal Health Management Team, Edgewood, KY. August 2017.
  • Music Therapy in Private Practice. University of Dayton Music Therapy Professional Development Seminar, Dayton, OH. October 2014.
  • Music Therapy and Parkinson’s Disease. Co-presenter, Tri-State Chapter Parkinson’s Wellness Meeting, Edgewood, KY. September 2013.
  • The Effect of Pre-Meal, Vocal Recreative Music Therapy on the Nutritional Intake of Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: A pilot study. Co-presenter at Annual Conference of the Association of Ohio Music Therapists, Akron, OH. October 2011.
  • Clinically Relevant Research: Music Therapy and Nutritional Intake of Individuals with Dementia. Co-presenter at World Congress of Music Therapy, Seoul, Korea, July 2011.

Bethany Rice

she/her

I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand how music can affect my own health and well-being. As I grew as a musician and a person, I desired to bring that sense of health and well-being to others through music therapy.

I have been a board-certified music therapist since 2015 and have additional training in Rhythm, Breath, and Lullaby Level I NICU music therapy, perinatal music therapy, Level 1 of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and introductory DIR-Floortime© and music therapy. I have enjoyed providing services for clients with various neurodiversities, mental health needs, educational needs, and individuals in end-of-life care.

I taught violin and piano lessons in a private studio for 10 years before my music therapy training and am pleased that I’m able to teach adapted music lessons with music therapy services. I approach therapy with an eclectic mix of humanistic, existential, and neurodivergence-affirming/disability-affirming perspectives.

In my spare time I like to be outdoors and spend time with my family, friends, and pets. I would love to work with you to discover how music can connect to your identity, health, and well-being.

Presentations
An Introduction to Clinical Skills in Perinatal Music Therapy. Co-presenter at the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association annual conference, Cincinnati, OH, 3/2019.

Josiah Doron

he/his

Music has played a central role in my life ever since my father (a music teacher) began recording my vocalizations and playing them back for me at age two. I started playing instruments soon after and some of my earliest memories are with my father sitting on the piano bench. As a teenager, I found both a great motivating force and a graceful refuge in the spaces between resonating strings, keys, vocal cords, and drumheads. I also recognize that many of my most meaningful relationships have been formed in, around, and through music.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from Indiana University in 2021 and became a board-certified music therapist following a six-month internship at Springfield Hospital Center, a psychiatric hospital in Sykesville, MD. I also have experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. Prior to my music therapy training, I volunteered and interned at The Power House Youth Center in New Haven, IN. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading, spending time with family and friends, and swapping tunes with my best friend. I approach therapy from an existential-humanist perspective, meaning that I view therapy as a co-creative process wherein I encourage my clients to be their authentic selves while helping them to identify and create meaning in their lives. I also take a music-centered approach because I believe in the inherent, healing power of music to connect us with ourselves, others, and experiences that are beyond words. I would love to get to know you and explore how music can help in your movement towards health and wellbeing.

Presentations
Mindfulness for Individuals in In-Patient Mental Health and Mental Health Professionals. Presenter at Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville, MD, 6/2021.

Tesla Hazel

she/her

When I was in elementary school, my grandparents made the decision to pay for music lessons for all of their grandchildren. Being around the age of nine, I decided to learn how to play the flute because it was “pretty.” Since then, I have fallen completely in love with music and how it can positively affect individuals in a variety of ways. Knowing how music has helped me throughout my life truly created my passion to use music therapy as a way to help the people I have the opportunity to serve. When practicing, I take an eclectic approach to music therapy- I believe that the best way for me to serve the patients or clients I am working with is to use the approach best fit for the individual. Therefore, I believe that sessions can incorporate varied approaches to help shape the session and meet the specific needs of each person.

I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Therapy from Indiana Wesleyan University and became a board-certified music therapist in 2021. I have also completed additional training through Florida State University and am certified in NICU music therapy. Before becoming board-certified, I completed a six-month internship at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, Kentucky. While an intern, I had the opportunity to provide music therapy for a wide variety of populations within the medical setting including palliative care, pediatric and adult psychiatrics, pediatric and adult oncology, NICU, and those with developmental disabilities.

In my free time, I love reading, baking, playing disk golf with my husband, spoiling my pet cat, and spending time with my family. I would love to provide a safe space for you to discover how music can meet your individual needs and promote mental and physical well-being.

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