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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

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

  • 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, 11/2019.
  • 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,10/2011.
  • Clinically Relevant Research: Music Therapy and Nutritional Intake of Individuals with Dementia. Co-presenter at World Congress of Music Therapy, Seoul, Korea, 7/2011.

Abby Klemm

I have always been fascinated by music’s unique power to connect us, both to others and to ourselves. This fascination drew me to the field of music therapy and still guides my practice today.

Since beginning my work as a board-certified music therapist in 2015, my clinical practice has largely focused on working with foster care youth and families, children/adolescents with mental health needs and trauma histories, children/adults with developmental needs, and adults in hospice care. My person-centered, trauma-informed practice utilizes resource-oriented and strengths-based approaches – meaning, I seek to facilitate collaborative spaces where each person is able to access music in the way most beneficial to them.

I have additional training in music therapy with adolescents and introductory training in utilizing the DIR-Floortime© model within music therapy. I enjoy research and have co-authored an article in the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. I have also completed unpublished research on the various connections made within a music therapy session.

Outside of my clinical practice, I enjoy presenting at conferences and serving on the Executive Board for the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. In my free time, you can find me spending time outdoors or staying in with a good book and a warm cup of tea. I would love the opportunity to help you or your loved one find ways to use music to connect with all the parts of yourself.

Publications

  • Gardstrom, S., Klemm, A., Murphy, K. (2017). Women’s perceptions of the usefulness of group music therapy in addictions recovery. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26(4), 338-358.

Presentations

  • From Me to We: A Resource-Oriented Music Therapy Group with Adolescent Women. 2019 Great Lakes Region Music Therapy Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, 03/2019

Bethany Rice

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.

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