I work with people who want to feel more connected to their lives. 

Growing pains happen.

But let's not shy away from feeling the feels anymore.

I'll help you be vulnerable and brave.

Let's learn to be safe and secure no matter what. 

about mechelle

 photo credit: Daemon Becker

photo credit: Daemon Becker

my core belief

Under the armor, under the surface, under all the bells and whistles and drama, we want to know that we are secure, ok, and connected. And we often need help to remember this when we are in the throws of challenge and aloneness. We all have these needs. It's our human condition. 

a little about me

I  started college at Manhattan School of Music where I studied viola performance. By second year, I transferred to Barnard College of Columbia University where I earned my BA in psychology and music. Then I earned an MA in Music Therapy from New York University. After grad school, I attended the post-graduate certificate program in Vocal Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology at the Music Psychotherapy Center of New York. I then trained in Music and Imagery at the Institute for Music and Consciousness and trained in Maternal Mental Health at both the Postpartum Resource Center of NY and the Seleni Institute. My training then expanded into the Gottman Method of couples therapy and I have attended educational trainings in sex and sexuality at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. 

While at NYU, my clinical work began with children at the NY Foundling Hospital, acute inpatient psychiatry at Jacobi Medical Center, and Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and NICU at Beth Israel Medical Center. I helped hospitalized people from ages 0 to 104 experience being connected and witnessed through both talk and music therapy. 

From working in New York City hospitals researching the use of wind instruments on the management of asthma to running creative arts therapy groups in acute inpatient psychiatry and hospice, to home visits to residential homes for the disabled, and children in the Jersey City Public Schools, I helped my clients express themselves through music and talking and recovering from trauma, domestic violence, and acute and chronic medical and mental illness.

In New York State I practice as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Additionally, I maintain my national certification as a Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC) from the Certification Board for Music Therapists. 

Teaching is a joyful challenge that I have had the pleasure of being a guest lecturer in undergraduate and graduate-level programs in the NY Metro area. And I have really loved supervising interns from high schools and master's level programs in NYC in their quest to become professional music therapists. 

I enjoy getting the word out and accessible to as many people as possible. I've discussed my practice and music therapy on numerous news outlets, blogs, and podcasts including the WNYC, The NY Daily News, Everyday Health, Mommikin, Parenting Tips 2 Go, and the Third Story. My work has been published in Music Therapy and Social Work industry journals and books and I have presented locally and nationally.