“At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer.”
– Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Sarah is a registered psychotherapist of Ontario (RP), a music therapist accredited (MTA), educator, songwriter, public speaker, and musician based in Kitchener, Ontario.
My name is Sarah and I am a therapist, artist, and innovator. I’ve got a passion and a penchant for making music happen in unlikely places, and a knack for nudging the art out of people that they secretly yearn to create.
As both a working artist and a psychotherapist, I am a devoted believer in using creative practice to transform lives, relationships, and communities. Based in Kitchener Ontario, and hailing from the beautiful city of Montreal, I have worked as a music therapist in mental health settings, Long Term Care homes, and various community agencies. In 2012 I created the first music therapy program in oncology and palliative care at Grand River Hospital, and have been in that role ever since, thanks to the Grand River Hospital Foundation. As the program development coordinator for the Room 217 Foundation, I have trained hundreds of health care providers and family caregivers on the use of music in care, and have presented widely at Canadian medical conventions on the subject of music and person-centered care. I am a regular contributor to eHospice Canada, Cancer Knowledge Network, and other online medical publications. Also a clinical supervisor in the music therapy department at Wilfrid Laurier University, I supervise university students in their practicums, and keep a small private psychotherapy practice. I hold a master’s degree in music therapy and also have degrees in English and music performance. The three most impactful contemporary non-fiction books I’ve read are: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron; The Pregnant Virgin by Marian Woodman; and Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
When I’m not working at the hospital, developing workshops for Room 217, or connecting with private clients, I’m writing and performing songs, recording albums, planning interactive community music events, singing in professional choirs, listening to DIY podcasts, and running on the beautiful Iron Horse Trail.
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