It is surreal to be writing a final blog post of my internship at Therabeat! As I am sitting down to find the words to type, it is so hard to express and think about all the ways I’ve grown as a music therapist and as a person in the past 6 months. What I know is that my heart is so full of gratitude, because all of that progress is due to the amazing parents, patients, and therapists that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from in my time here.
When I first began looking for a place to do the internship, I sort of had the idea that anywhere I went would be great—I’m a blank slate and ready to learn what anyone can teach me. However, after being here, I realize how special this place is, and am aware that this experience is very unique! While interning here, I have had the opportunity to work with patients aging from 8 months-89, patients of varying abilities, and patients in a variety of settings including in clinic, in the school, in the home, and at a recovery center. In each case, an extremely skilled therapist from Therabeat was there to teach and guide me in ways that made me successful and confident in every situation. The lessons and input from these therapists allowed me to grow in therapeutic techniques and abilities on a daily basis. These lessons range from recognizing and addressing problem behaviors all the way to blowing bubbles effectively (yes, this is an important skill!! J).
Not only did these therapists teach me how to become a more well-rounded, skilled therapists able incorporate a variety of techniques, but they also taught me so much more! These therapists create an atmosphere of integrity and honesty that promotes amazing relationships with the kiddos and parents. They share their passion and drive with everyone so naturally, and it livens up the clinic and allows meaningful therapy to really take place. These are lessons that these ladies probably didn’t realize they were teaching, but it has made an incredible impact on me as a therapist. They truly are the hands and feet of Christ in their work, and that has really allowed me to be a music therapist who loves what she does and who prays for strength and grace to provide the best therapy I can!
So it has truly been a wonderful experience of growing and learning these past 6 months, and it is crazy for it to come to an end. Every child I’ve had the pleasure to work with has brought me so much joy and taught me many valuable lessons!! I love these kids, and I love this team of therapists, so I am beyond happy to get Board-Certified and start working here come January! J J
I am so thankful to the Therabeat Team for giving me the tools and confidence to start my adventure as professional music therapist!! Yay!