Music Psychotherapy

Focused on the overarching goal of improving quality of life and wellbeing, music psychotherapy can involve creating, moving to, listening to, and/or talking about music. These creative experiences are often processed mutually within the therapeutic space to gain deeper understanding, make meaning, and relate these discoveries to our everyday lives.

In the music psychotherapy work that Maevon does alongside clients, they incorporate the Internal Family Systems model as a framework for understanding people and our experiences. 

Internal Family Systems (also referred to as IFS or parts work) has a few core concepts

SELF or SELF ENERGY: The innate presence within each and every person that is inherently good and whole.

When we are being led by our Self Energy, our internal system is balanced and our parts are in harmony with one another. Being is Self is usually marked by the 8 C's of self-energy: calmness, curiosity, clarity, compassion, confidence, courage, creativity, and connectedness.

PARTS: Ever find yourself saying, "Part of me wants to .... but another part doesn't ... and then another part says I'm ridiculous for not being able to make a decision"? This is a prime example of how we each are made up of a multitude of parts. We can sense and experience our parts in a variety of ways: 

  • As inner images of people, characters from movies / books, ourselves at certain ages, animals or objects
  • As inner voices, words, sounds, or thoughts with or without images attached to them
  • As emotions with or without images, voices, or physical feelings attached to them
  • As movements or behaviors (e.g., eating part versus critical part)

It can be hard to believe at times, but all of our parts are acting from a place of positive intention. There are no bad parts, only bad roles that were often forced upon our parts out of a need to protect us from hard to witness wounds.

When our parts feel threatened and don't trust our Self Energy, they try to protect the system, often times getting into conflict with not only Self but our other parts as well. When our parts trust our Self and feel understood / appreciated, they are able to take on positive roles within the system. 

There are three broad categories of parts

1. Exiles: The parts of us that carry our most extreme memories and feelings. They are often some of our youngest parts and can hold the experiences of abuse, neglect, humiliation, shame, and overall hurt. A part can become exiled when our internal world pushes away this pain in an effort of protecting our system from becoming overwhelmed. At their worst, exiled parts can overwhelm us with their pain. leaving us feeling trapped and hopeless. At their best, these parts can inspire a kind of child-like joy and hope in the world. 

2. Managers: Protective parts of our system that are mainly focused on keeping us stable and prepared, able to get work done and be productive. At their best, they keep us organized, on-time, and engaged in meaningful work. At their worst, they can be incredibly critical and overbearing. These parts are often looking for ways to control the system and keep the exiled parts (and subsequently the pain/hurt that those parts are experiencing) locked away. They often fear that we will be overwhelmed or that other parts will take over.

3. Firefighters: Reactive protective parts that step in when an exiled part has broken through defenses. At their best, they keep us from getting burned out and overwhelmed by stress. At their worst, they can engage in extreme behaviors that many might label as dangerous or unsafe. The goal of these parts is to stop the system from feeling the pain that exiles carry. This often involves engaging in behaviors that serve to numb, distract, or detach us from the pain (e.g., using food, binge-watching TV, alcohol and drugs, numbing, dissociation, self-harm, suicide, etc.). These parts often find themselves at war with manager parts who often despise the way that firefighters behave. 

Through music psychotherapy, Maevon supports you in engaging in creative processes to get to know your parts, your Self energy, and the relationships within your internal world. These can include activities such as talking about songs as they relate to experiences of our parts or Self, building playlists for our parts or Self energy, writing songs with / for our parts, using music as a container for mindfulness experiences, engaging in music and other forms of expression (e.g., poetry, art, etc.), and so on!

These are all aimed at accessing our creative Self energy and supporting each of our parts with 1) releasing burdens / roles that do not serve them and 2) releasing the resources that exist within each of our parts so that we might live more enriching and fulfilling lives. 

You might be feeling nervous about using music in therapy spaces, and that makes so much sense. Music can be a vulnerable place, especially if we're worried about "doing it the right way." The good thing about music therapy is: You don't have to have any background in music. You don't have to be a "musician." We're not here to perform. We're here to be present in the music and engage in it as a way to foster health and wellbeing.

Please note that all services are only being offered through Zoom.

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Becoming Through Sound

Music Therapy Services

Offering music psychotherapy, gender affirming voicework, supervision, and various workshops

What people are saying ...

Maevon has helped me so much with getting to know myself and the different aspects of who I am. I've never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am today. At first I was nervous to use music in our sessions, but Maevon made it really easy. I'd never played any instruments before, but I've now written several songs about my experiences and got to express what I've been going through for years. Doing this helped me to find peace and healing. That has been such a powerful and healing experience. Thanks, Maevon, for making this process so welcoming and allowing me to explore my creativity and myself and to finally find peace!

-- Rachel

Just hearing my own voice take on a more feminine pitch and resonance makes me extremely euphoric and finally happy about my voice. I went from hating my low sounding masculine voice to absolutely loving my voice and I feel really happy to have finally found my authentic voice. Thanks again Maevon for helping me find my true voice!!

-- Jenna

Maevon was truly [a] wonderful coach! They were knowledgeable in voicework in general but were still able to break it down into terms I could easily understand. They were incredibly kind, patient and resourceful in their methods and very open to what I wanted to work on at any point. I would absolutely recommend Maevon and their approach to anyone undergoing a transition and looking to work on changing their voice!

-- Flora

based in Pittsburgh, PA

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Monday: 11am - 8pm EST

Tuesday: 11am - 8pm EST

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 11am - 8pm EST

Friday: 11am - 8pm EST

Saturday: closed

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