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What is Art Therapy?

What is art therapy?

According to American Art Therapy Association, Art Therapy is a mental health profession in which clients, facilitated by the therapist, use art materials, the creative process, and the resulting work to explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts,  increase self-awareness and self-esteem, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, and reduce anxiety.



More about music therapy and agitation in dementia

The article in the Nursing Times (Nursing Practice-review; had such great information about music therapy and agitation in patients with dementia, I just had to share more about what the researchers found.

The article outlines 4 key points (slightly changed to reflect U.S. figures):

1. There are over 5 million people in the […]

Holiday Music — It’s not too soon!

We have just booked 3 Thanksgiving and Christmas party dates for the upcoming holidays!! Every year, my subcontractors (Kindred Spirits Music Therapy, Rose City Music Therapy and Waves Music Therapy) and I are asked to provide musical “entertainment” for client and family parties. While this isn’t really “music therapy” per se, we […]

Music Therapy Reduces Anxiety Response in Hospice Care

Facing the end of life, your own or a loved one’s, commonly brings with it feelings of anxiety.   These feelings may stem from a variety of sources, including emotional, psychological, spiritual or social.  Medications, physiological changes in the body due to the progression of illness may also contribute to anxiety in patients on hospice […]

Music Therapy vs. Entertainment

I am often referred to as “the entertainment.”

Or “the music lady.”

I have become accustomed to this, since the word “therapist” just isn’t often heard in the same sentence with “music.”  We think of music as having the function of entertaining us, but in truth, music has healing properties which are well-documented in human experience […]

UpBeat Music Therapy Services welcomes Dan!

Welcome to our team, Dan!  

UpBeat welcomes Dan to our team!  Dan is a Southern Californian and is a jazz guitarist, percussionist and has experience in recording arts studies.  Dan has strong clinical skills and a calm, accepting, and inviting presence.  Dan will be serving groups of older adults as well as middle school […]

Music Therapy and Dementia

Here’s a great article about music therapy and dementia:


I have revived my 1000 Person Project, giving myself another shot at reaching my goal of telling 1,000 people in Clark County (Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, LaCenter, Salmon Creek, Washington) about the healing power of music and music therapy. Today, I was invited to a PEO meeting, attended by 36 lovely women. I […]

Arts and Aging in Clark County

Plans are underway to create a studio dedicated to serving Clark County’s elders in a new, innovative way!  I can’t divulge all the details yet, but art, drama, dance, and music therapy will be offered for clients with dementia and their care partners and family members.  I am so excited to be on the […]

The Columbian page D6 – Karaoke experiment for diagnosing dementia

Interesting article about using karaoke in the diagnosis of dementia.  Check it out on page D6 of today’s Columbian.  Researchers recorded people singing along with “My Girl” by the Temptations then watched their performances.  If the client showed reduced self-consciousness, it pointed to possible degeneration the pre-genual anterior cingulate cortex of the brain, possibly […]

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