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 Sound Well Creative Arts Therapy, PLLC is an integrative, creative arts psychotherapy practice with a holistic, and loving  approach to trauma-informed care. 

Whether it's through creative processes, mindfulness meditation, or just being in the therapeutic space together to see what unfolds, the basis of our collaborative work is the idea that our inherent well-being is intact, whole and attainable.

There is  an Indian proverb that the universe hangs on sound - that sound is what connects everything. 

When we  listen and expand our ways of listening to ourselves and each other,

we can begin to understand how everything relates and is related.

Through deep, mindful listening, breath-work, improvisation, visualization, voice-work, and other musical experiences, we can find connection to undiscovered parts of ourselves and our consciousness, creating new neural pathways, and continuing on the path of healing. 

Drawing from  the tools and techniques found in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction,

Deep Listening and somatic psychotherapies, we are able to identify patterns and make conscious decisions for finding pathways towards optimal health and wellbeing. 

My philosophies about music and healing are steeped in what I call

the "3 C's of Music and Mindfulness" - Compassion, Curiosity, and Creativity.

These  3 C's  are the basis of my work.

Compassion

is at the core of the therapeutic alliance in every session,

providing a sense of safety to release emotions, and begin to move and grow in new and healthy directions while being seen, heard, and supported during the healing process. 

Creativity

is what helps us re-frame situations, see things through a new perspective,

and think "outside the box."  Self-inquiry using music, movement, meditation, creative writing, and visual art, can elicit positive shifts in our conscious and unconscious thoughts and actions.

It is through creativity that we are able to access a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves  and situations that might otherwise seem insurmountable. The creative arts therapies help us embark on the

journey of self-actualization and well-being.

Curiosity

is what allows us to discover things we never knew were possible

by promoting balanced perspectives around our relationships to people and events. Curiosity helps us to accept, listen, observe non-judgmentally, and be open to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. 

Changing patterns in conscious and unconscious behavior and emotional response

can lead us towards a healthy and happy life. 

Therapy is a collaborative journey and through the process of healing, deep feelings and emotions may arise.

Participation in therapy and healing does not guarantee problem resolution. As with all medical, psychological, and energy healing treatments, there are both benefits and risks. Please feel free to ask questions and address any concerns you may have about our process as we take this journey together. I look forward to working with you.

I work with survivors of the trauma of sexual assault and intimate partner violence and am the regional coordinator and lead music therapist for the Angel Band Project in New York. Please visit Angel Band Project HERE to learn more about our free music therapy services. If you are in danger of sexual assault or violence call the 24-hour hotline - 800-656-HOPE or for more resources, call the NY Alliance against sexual assault (212) 514-SAFE (7233)  or go to RAIIN at https://www.rainn.org/ 

To make an appointment for an initial intake, go to the CONTACT tab and fill out the form for what services you are looking for. You may also download the client intake form.

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Katie Down
LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM
917-426-4393
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