In this special episode, Mabel shares her story of becoming. Her journey to America, her experience with being the only Hispanic person in her cohort, and her path to finding her voice in the music therapy community.
Mabel Ortiz, MM, MT-BC, a native of Puerto Rico, is a board-certified music therapist who obtained a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Florida State University and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. She has clinical experience working with adults and adolescents in substance abuse recovery and psychiatric settings, children with ADS, and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease/Dementia. Mabel specializes in grief work as a hospice & bereavement music therapist in Vero Beach, Florida. As a bilingual music therapist (English and Spanish), Mabel utilizes therapeutic interventions to address psychosocial needs and pain management goals of those facing the end-of-life journey & those who have experienced loss and major life transitions. Mabel is currently completing a master’s in clinical social work at Florida State University. As a cross-trained music therapist, she strives to continue to advocate and provide services to Latinx clients in the community, as well as education, support, and resources for music therapists working with this population.
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