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Passion vs. Purpose

I have always sought the contemplative and empathetic life, going for runs through the woods and picking up spider webs in my hair and desiring to reach a heart by just a spoken word. Upon entering college, I was surprised by the chaos that life truly held, particularly within the school of music. I envied […]

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Hello, I’m in Therapeutic Sales

As a junior in high school considering potential career paths, “sales” never once entered my list of options. Many a band fundraiser had revealed my aversion to competition and discomfort with selling people, that I love, things they don’t need.  Incentives even seem to have the opposite effect on me – if there was a […]

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Non-Traditional Self-Care

I have always considered myself as terrible at self-care.  As therapists, it is a part of our DNA to give of ourselves and it is a proven necessity to replenish your give-abilities by taking some time and making some effort to focus on your own needs.  For the past 10 years I’ve thought I was just […]

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The Trumpet was My Lullaby

For as long as I can remember, my dad has practiced his trumpet at very late hours of the night. Sometimes, he practices as late as 2am (thankfully, with a mute).  As I have always had sleeping problems, I often remember listening to my dad’s trumpet playing until I would finally drift off to sleep. […]

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Music Therapy and Mental Health

I cannot believe that May is already here, but with May comes National Mental Health Awareness Month. As one of the four music therapists here on staff, I have the opportunity to work with individuals, both adults and adolescents, recovering from substance abuse. Today I am going to share with you an intervention that some […]

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Look Who Joined the Music Therapy Team

This past Monday the Music Therapy Department added a new intern to their team. Katy Hinckley is from Deland, Florida and has 3 siblings, which are all brothers. She completed her course work in music therapy at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Katy had the opportunity to complete practicums with pre-school students, assisted living residents, […]

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Summer Camps at STAR

During the summer months, our art and music therapists like to find new ways to branch out even further into our community to offer their unique services. One of our favorite ways we try to reach those who don’t always have the benefit of our services throughout the year is through summer camps. Art Therapy and Music Therapy are designed to […]

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Birthday Cake

Every month, one afternoon gets a little better.  My calendar dings at me, and in surprise I look down to see what meeting I’ve totally forgotten about.  Instead of a meeting, I see that it’s time for birthday cake.  I love cake. For the last several years, Jennifer has baked cake every month to celebrate […]

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How Can Occupational Therapy Remove Barriers?

I’ve learned over the years that very few people know what an Occupational Therapist is. So before you start to think that Occupational Therapists find jobs for people, let me take a minute to explain their role in the habilitation and rehabilitation processes.  Habilitation refers to a process aimed at helping individuals who are born with […]

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