Check out the episode! In this episode, Kirsten discusses her current work with children and adults. She dives deep into the importance and nuances of the therapeutic relationship, sharing thoughts on authenticity and therapist-as-self. Take a listen to jump down a few rabbit holes and gain amazing insight into the world of play therapy. Kirsten… Continue reading #7- Trauma, Relationship, and Exploration in Play Therapy with Kirsten Goffena, LPC, RPT-S, NCC
Besides that I am a HUGE Joni Mitchell fan.....I felt thankful for the clouds today. I live in Denver, where it is sunny 300 days out of the year. And honestly after living here, I think it might be more. BUT. Today was the first day of fall that was cloudy, misty, and foggy. I… Continue reading Thankful For Clouds…..
*Deep Breath* This is a BIG topic that I have been hesitant to dig into because I want to cover it in depth. However, this is one of my most passionate areas of music therapy that I want to talk about on this blog. This will end up being a series and I hope you… Continue reading Child-Centered Music Therapy Series, Post #1
This is something that was talked about a lot in my training and even more so in my internship. In my internship, I worked with many students who were very limited in their responses to their environment due to communication, physical, and other deficits. Many children that this applies to have multiple disabilities, may not… Continue reading Always Assume Competence
Autonomy has been a word that has come up in my practice quite frequently in the past few months. Currently I am assisting in a research study that involves assessing client autonomy with music therapy interventions. Also, I am taking a graduate course called "Ethics in the Counseling Profession" and within the first ten pages… Continue reading Finding A Client’s Autonomy
I have to admit that my absence has been due to a hefty case of burnout. Yes, I said it. BURNOUT We read about how to prevent burnout, how to maximize self-care, and luckily the conversation has been started and helping professionals are talking seriously about this issue. For me, part of my healing required… Continue reading Burnout. Burnout. Burnout.
HAPPY 2019!!!!! It's been awhile since I have had time to dedicate to my blog. Luckily it is for a good reason! Since April of 2018, I have begun working towards my LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) certification here in the state of Colorado. It has been such an amazing process already and I look… Continue reading Just Listening in 2019.
The thought of a blog has been rolling around in my mind for awhile. Music therapy is not just a job for me; it is a passion. Recently I began working at a new position and I feel that it has been a confirmation that working with children is my calling! When I started working… Continue reading Why Umbrella?