The Angel Band Project offers 8-week music therapy sessions online and in person when it is once again safe to meet in person.
The sessions are open to any female survivor of sexual violence who would like support of a group and is interested in the healing power of music and sound for helping to navigate the symptoms of trauma and PTS. Each music therapist consults with our agency partners to determine the best techniques based on individual client needs and goals and a thorough intake is provided for all prospective clients to ensure that the group is the right fit for every client.
Katie Down is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist, Board-Certified Music Therapist and trauma-informed psychotherapist specializing in EMDR, music therapy and mindfulness based stress reduction for symptoms of anxiety, PTS, and depression. Her approach is rooted in somatic psychotherapies and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for the development of the mind-body awareness as a key to recognizing our inner strengths and entitlement to wellbeing.
Clients who seek Katie’s support are often finding their way after a traumatic experience from single incident trauma, to systemic or past traumas. Katie understands that trauma is hard to measure on objective terms and she works with clients in a holistic, collaborative manner to determine the right course of treatment. This might include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) or other methods to facilitate reduction of abreactions.
Katie encourages a sense of play and creativity into her practice, including authentic movement, creative writing, music improvisation, composing, song writing, and deep listening meditation as a way into the subconscious, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the self. It is in the act of divine play, also known as "lila" in Sanskrit, that we can safely connect with intimate and vulnerable parts of ourselves and others towards deeper understanding and healing.