The Music Therapy Centre

In addition to programs funded across the country, the Music Therapy Trust also operates a Music Therapy Centre in Toronto, Ontario. At the Music Therapy Centre, we offer affordable, accessible music therapy sessions, delivered by accredited Music Therapists. Our Centre is all about making music therapy available in the community.

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Our
Mission

At the Music Therapy Trust, we want to make music therapy more accessible. Our Centre provides a space to offer music therapy sessions at affordable prices. One day, and with your help, we’d like to open more centres like this one in other parts of the country.

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Our
Services

What happens at the Music Therapy Centre?

Group music therapy sessions: Music therapy is offered in a group format to those for whom this is the best fit. We work with a broad range of groups – from moms with toddlers born with physical disabilities to support groups for caregivers, or youth with autism – where participants have common challenges or goals that can be helped through music therapy. If your community organization would like to create a group that could benefit from music therapy, we can provide sessions at the Music Therapy Centre or another location.

Individual music therapy sessions: Sometimes, one-on-one support is the best form of music therapy to help meet your needs and reach your goals. In this case, we offer individually tailored sessions, working directly with a music therapist at our Centre or your location if required.

Guided Imagery and Music: At the Centre, we also offer Guided Imagery and Music; a form of music psychotherapy. In this form of music therapy, we listen to specially recorded music programs to help you explore your consciousness through imagery experiences.

As with all music therapy sessions, the goals of the therapy offered at the Centre depend on your needs and challenges. They can range from increased mobility, to improved communication, to reduced anxiety or exploring personal issues.

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Our
Therapists

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Gloria Lipski, MA, RP (Qualifying), MTA
Gloria has been practicing since 2012, primarily with older adults experiencing dementia in long-term care and day programs, as well as with children and adults with developmental and/or physical challenges in one-on-one and community group settings. She has a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Concordia University and a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Toronto. Her holistic scope focuses on culture-centred activities, and value for accessibility stem from the Community Music Therapy approach.

Chrissy Pearson, BMT, RP, MTA, FAMI
Chrissy has been practicing in various settings since 2002 including long-term care, group homes, hospital acute care, palliative care, public schools, community groups, in a women’s centre with children who have witnessed and/or experienced violence in their families, and with adults using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Chrissy is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery and is a certified internship supervisor. In addition to providing music therapy sessions, Chrissy is also the Clinical Manager of the Music Therapy Centre. She believes that music within a therapeutic relationship can provide a foundation for growth, transitions, and healing.

Erin Lindan, MMT, RP, MTA
Erin has been practicing since 2008. She completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy at Capilano University, and her Master of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University. Erin works mostly with young people and occasionally with adults. Erin considers the people with whom she works to be innately resilient and wise. She aims to work collaboratively with each person, their families, and their communities. Erin’s approach is creativity-centred, resource-oriented and anti-oppressive. She draws vital ideas from Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and various music therapy models, including The Field of Play. She offers multi-modal opportunities for processing (e.g., music, art, poetry, and verbal counselling).

Justine Stehouwer, BMT, RP, MTA
Justine completed her music therapy training at Capilano University in North Vancouver. She has been practicing since 2012 and has experience working with adults of all abilities, older adults with dementia and mental health diagnoses and adults in inpatient mental health – including clients with psychiatric diagnoses, forensic psychiatry placements, developmental delay and autism.
She keeps busy volunteering with youth and mentoring adolescents and believes in using music and creative experiences to provide her clients with opportunities to communicate, interact, respond and reach goals.

Danielle M. Robert, BMT, MTA, MT-BC
Danielle completed her Honours Bachelor of Music Therapy at Wilfrid Laurier University and her internship in palliative care at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital. In addition to palliative care, Danielle has experience working with various client populations, including children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, adults with mental health challenges, and seniors with mild to advanced Alzheimer’s and non-Alzheimer’s type dementias.
In addition to her clinical work, Danielle is an independent singer-songwriter and performer. Her extensive songwriting experience complements her skills as a music therapist, as she incorporates songwriting and improvisation in her approach to help clients achieve their goals.

Trish MacAulay, BMT, MTA, RP, FAMI
Trish has been practicing music therapy since 2006. She has experience working in adult mental health (schizophrenia and mood disorders), dementia care, and Veterans care. Trish uses a client-centered, humanistic approach; one underlying common goal in her approach is working with her clients in moving them towards positive change. Trish is a Registered Psychotherapist and is certified in The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.

Emily Stegweit, BMT, MTA, MT-BC
After graduating from the Bachelor of Music Therapy program at Wilfrid Laurier University, Emily went on to complete her clinical music therapy internship at Baycrest Health Sciences, where she enjoyed working with older adults in long-term care and hospital settings. In addition to geriatric populations, Emily also has experience working with individuals with developmental and physical challenges, mental health diagnoses, and in palliative care. Emily uses a person-centered approach to practice and strives to create opportunities for growth, healing, and empowerment for each of her clients.

Jessica Nielsen, BMus, MMT, RP (qualifying), MTA (qualifying), RECE
Jessica completed her Masters of Music Psychotherapy and Bachelors of Music Composition at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has experience working in the mental health field with people of all ages living with various challenges including schizophrenia and mood disorders, and people living in inpatient forensic units. Jessica also has experience working with children and adolescents on the autism spectrum, and people requiring dementia care, palliative care and grief care. Jessica uses a client-centred, music-centred approach in working with clients. In addition to using voice, piano and guitar, she incorporates various flutes, and acoustic and electroacoustic composition, when appropriate, to help her clients express themselves through music.
Jessica also works as an Early Childhood Educator, using music to help facilitate learning and communicating in a classroom setting.

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Our
Location

The Music Therapy Centre is located in a street-front clinic in Toronto. The Centre is fully accessible and reachable by TTC.

Music Therapy Centre
1175 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

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Fees

All fees are subsidized by the CMTTF. Please contact us to find out more about our fees and services. 

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Getting Started

To request an assessment or for more information, please call 416-535-0200 or email info@musictherapytrust.ca.

Music therapy saved my life — physically and spiritually. It all started for me when I was in kindergarten. I went from a wheelchair to a walker to crutches and learned how to walk because of music therapy. I would not be who I am without it.

-Chin Injeti, singer, musician, music producer and founding member of the Juno award-winning group Bass is Base.