Music Therapy

We help hundreds of survivors heal by participating in our music therapy programs at partner agencies and shelters in St. Louis, Seattle, and New York City.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”

— Victor Hugo

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the specialized use of music by a credentialed professional with a therapeutic goal in mind.

Music therapy can help address social, communicative, emotional, physical, cognitive, sensory and spiritual needs.

Who runs the Sessions?

We hire music therapists who have been certified by the Certification Board of Music Therapy (CBMT) which has been fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) since 1986.

Music Therapists

Courtney Arndt

Music Therapist

Courtney Arndt, board certified music therapist, graduated from Maryville University in 2008 and has been practicing in the St. Louis area since.

Courtney believes that every voice has dignity, value, and deserves to be heard: 

"My clients often say that sexual assault has left them 'silenced.’ It is a great honor to be a part of someone’s personal journey to finding their voice using the power of music."

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Courtney Arndt
Music Therapist

Emily Perna

Music Therapist

Emily Perna, MMT, MT-BC received her Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA in 2004 and her Masters of Music Therapy degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA in 2015. Board certified in Music Therapy since 2005, Emily has diverse experience working for non-profit organizations with adults managing mental health disorders, addiction and trauma, homeless LGBTQ youth as well as children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her approach is strength-based and person-centered.  She strives to facilitate experiences that promote personal growth, empowerment and interpersonal and community connectedness through creative music making. Emily is excited for the opportunity to align with The Angel Band Project in lifting the voices of survivors of sexual violence and creating a community that adequately honors and supports their journey.

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Emily Perna
Music Therapist

Katie Down

Music Therapist

Katie Down, (MT-BC, LCAT) is a licensed creative arts therapist, sound meditation teacher and facilitator, certified Reiki practitioner and performing musician offering listening and sound meditation classes, and training programs in music therapy and sound as well as clinical supervision. Katie received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University with additional trauma training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell in EMDR. Incorporating Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction techniques, EMDR for trauma, and creative visualization, Katie provides a nurturing, grounded and open environment for opening the heart and letting go of blockages and negative patterns that hold us back from feeling connected to our higher selves and each other.  She has also worked internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops in improvisation and song writing and has trained to work with immigrants and refugees with Musicians Without Borders in the Netherlands. www.soundwellcenter.com

Katie was inspired to hear of the work of The Angel Band Project and has been honored to be asked to facilitate music therapy for them. Her interest and belief in the power of music and sound to tap into our consciousness and provide a healing and grounding force for letting go of trauma has brought her to work for The Angel Band Project. 

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Katie Down
Music Therapist

Kelsey Meigs

Music Therapist

Kelsey Meigs received her B.S. in music therapy from Maryville University in 2014 then completed her six month internship at Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center. Since 2015, she has been a practicing board-certified music therapist with a focus in adult mental health. Having had deeply personal encounters with severe depression and PTSD, she effectively reaches clients through music so that they may develop better coping skills, improve self-love and positive self-expression, and achieve personal growth. Kelsey has been with The Angel Band Project since 2015, conducting drum circles and leading group discussions with survivors of sexual violence. With The Angel Band Project, she believes she is able to have a positive impact on those who struggle, their families who love them, and a community that supports them. 

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Kelsey Meigs
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Laryssa M. Creswell

Music Therapist

Laryssa M. Creswell earned her Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University/Washington DC. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in DC and Maryland and a board-certified music therapist.  She has worked in the field of mental health in various settings for nearly 20 years. Prior to moving into an administrative role, she practiced as a music therapist working with children, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations.  Dr. Creswell has published research on women’s perspectives of treatment in the psychiatric institution and continues to conduct research on best practices for women with mental illness, substance abuse and trauma histories.

I truly appreciate and respect the work The Angel Band Project has done and continues to do by seeking music therapy for women who are survivors and assist in the healing process.

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Laryssa M. Creswell
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Rose Ritter

Music Therapist

Rose Ritter, board certified music therapist, graduated from Maryville University in 2016 and has been practicing in the St. Louis area since. She has experience working with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, and survivors of intimate partner violence. She chose to work with The Angel Band Project because she is very passionate about helping people discover how music can be utilized as part of the healing process. 

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Rose Ritter
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Sarah Michaelis

Music Therapist

Sarah Michaelis, board certified music therapist, graduated from St. Louis University with a bachelor of arts in music studies in 2013 and completed her master of music therapy at Maryville University. Sarah has worked with a variety of clients including children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults with neurodegenerative diseases, and individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Currently, Sarah provides music therapy services to adolescents and adults experiencing acute crises in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in addition to her work with The Angel Band Project. Sarah strives to provide clients with a safe space to explore and express thoughts and feelings while improving emotional, mental, and physical wellness through interactive musical experiences.

 

Sarah chose to work with The Angel Band Project because the voices of survivors deserve to and must be heard and amplified.

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Sarah Michaelis
Music Therapist

How do I Apply for Music Therapy Workshops?

If you are a survivor of sexual or intimate partner violence and are 18 years of age or older, please click on the “Contact Us” button below.  Our music therapy coordinator will then contact you to complete the application process and advise you of upcoming workshops in your area.

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