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A Pandemic of Grief

One year ago the Covid-19 pandemic startled the world. With over 30 million cases recorded to date, the pandemic has caused a drastic shift in our everyday living. Will life ever be “normal” again? While that question still remains, one thing is known; grief has impacted all of our lives in some way.

Grief is defined as “the natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you.” Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, grief also has physical, behavioral, cognitive, cultural, social, spiritual and philosophical dimensions as well. Losses such as a loved one, financial and job related losses, the feeling of normalcy, social and familial interaction, and certain freedoms we may have taken for granted have caused grief to be present in our current lives. Anxiety, depression, sadness, loneliness, and hopelessness are all common symptoms that can accompany grief.

While this is still a difficult time for many, Metro Music Therapy is here to provide ongoing support and comfort. Our experienced staff understand the difficulty and uniqueness of each circumstance faced by our clients. Metro recognizes that grief has no timeline and that your feelings and thoughts are valid. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know are interested in our grief and loss services, please visit the contact tab on our website to fill out our client intake form. You can also call us at 404.510.3799 if you have any further questions.

 

MMT is Expanding!

Metro Music Therapy has served the metro Atlanta area for almost 14 years … and we are thrilled to announce that we are now also serving the state of North Carolina! We will be providing in-person and telehealth services for clients and facilities in the Triangle and Triad areas.

If you are interested in partnering with us to bring music therapy to your loved one or to the clients of your facility, please reach out and let us know!

We can’t wait to begin serving you, North Carolina!

Lunch & Learn: Is Telehealth Effective?

 

We have been providing Telehealth Music Therapy Services for ONE YEAR NOW!

We have learned so much, and want to share our knowledge of the Efficacy of Telehealth with our facility partners, and other healthcare and education professionals.

Join us online next Friday, March 26th, for our Lunch & Learn, “Is Telehealth Effective?” and find out how we are adapting our services to continue meeting the needs of our clients and making progress toward their therapeutic goals!

Bring your lunch & hop online to join us!
Registration is FREE and required – details below:
When: Friday, March 26th
Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST
Access the Call hereZoom
Meeting ID: 924 0584 5164
Passcode: 511880

Why Music?

One of the strengths that music holds is that it can encourage, uplift and support. It can and does at times remind us of better days ahead and that we have the internal strength to get to those better days.

But I also believe that, unlike most other things in this world, music has the power to meet us where we are in the dark and deeply sorrowful places. It validates our feelings and acknowledges them without the push to also remind us of the good ahead. Music can just sit with us, free of judgement and opinion, and instead of saying, “this too shall pass,” say, “this hurts so much.”

The power and science behind music therapy comes from knowing what we need from music and when.

We are with you, and we are for you. Let us know how we can help you.

Core Values

Hello! We want to make sure everyone who finds this space knows who we are … and in order to know who we truly are, you must know what we truly value.

Here are Metro Music Therapy’s 6 Core Values; we hope they give you insight as to who we are and why we exist.

We are passionate about helping others find health, happiness, and a renewed sense of purpose. We are here for you in whatever ways you may need us!

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Welcome to Metro Music Therapy!
We are so glad that you found us.


WHO WE ARE ::

Here at Metro Music Therapy, we consider it a high honor to walk alongside our clients and their families through some of life’s hardest seasons. We envision a day when all of our clients, from their first breaths until their last, will be given the opportunity to grow, heal, and thrive through their involvement in music therapy services.

Our mission is to provide the most current and innovative music therapy practices to assist our clients in achieving their cognitive, educational, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual goals.

We value honesty, transparency, empathy, warmth, and genuine connection with others.

Our Founder and CEO, Mallory Even, believes that quality Music Therapy services can only come from the best Music Therapists. Everyone on the Metro team is Nationally Board-Certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), and Licensed to practice Music Therapy in the State of Georgia.

To maintain our credentials, Music Therapists must participate in 100 hours of Continuing Education every 5 years; and we are proud to say that we not only partake in continuing education, but we are also an Approved Provider with the CBMT to lead Continuing Education courses for other healthcare professionals.

WHO WE SERVE ::

When we say, “from first breaths until last,” we mean it! Our team has the certifications and experience necessary to work with the following:

  • Premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Persons with Autism
  • Children with Cognitive or Developmental delays
  • Children and Adults with Behavioral disorders
  • Grieving Children and families
  • Refugees who have resettled in the Atlanta area
  • Teens in Residential Foster Homes
  • Teens and Adults in Inpatient Psychiatric Units
  • Veterans with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Hospital Patients of all ages and with varying diagnoses
  • Older Adults with Dementia or Alzheimer’s
  • Hospice & Palliative Care patients
  • Children and Adults striving to achieve Wellness
  • Employees in High-Stress Work Environments (Healthcare, Education, First Responders)

WHY METRO ::

For thirteen years, Metro Music Therapy has been changing the face of music therapy in the Southeast U.S, and more recently, across the country and globe due to our cutting-edge Telehealth Music Therapy Programming. Our creative, dynamic, diverse, versatile and well-educated team has over 50 years of collective experience in our field. We have served clients of every age and diagnosis, we have created new Music Therapy programs for countless healthcare facilities, schools, and private programs in Atlanta, GA, we have a competitive and highly sought-after University-Affiliated Music Therapy Internship Program, and we have collectively employed over 30 music therapists since opening our doors. We believe in the work that we do, and we tenaciously and passionately advocate for our field and for those who benefit from our services.

SERVICE MENU ::

MORE ABOUT MUSIC THERAPY ::

The American Music Therapy Association defines Music Therapy as the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can be designed to:

  • Promote Wellness
  • Manage Stress
  • Alleviate Pain
  • Express Feelings
  • Enhance Memory
  • Improve Communication
  • Promote Physical Rehabilitation

LET’S CONNECT ::

Wellness Services

We all need ways to de-stress – especially in 2020.

Our team has you covered! We provide Wellness Music Therapy services in-person and online, and we are ready to support you and your staff.

RESULTS:

  • Lower stress levels
  • Team-building
  • Improved coping skills
  • Improved motivation

Reach out and let us know how we can support your team of essential workers!

Songs of Hope

Today marks the 1st day of our 6th year in partnership with Wellspring International!
Over the last 5 years, Songs of Hope, our grant-funded music therapy program, provided 1,609 individual and group music therapy sessions for hospice patients, children experiencing grief and loss, and Refugees who have resettled in Atlanta — and since March of 2020, we’ve also served clients throughout the US and the globe through telehealth services.
We are continuously grateful for Wellspring International, and for their willingness and excitement to walk alongside us so faithfully, and for trusting us to work well in their name!
With sincerest gratitude,

Military Suicide Up 20%

Six-months into this “new norm,” and everything still feels very strange and heavy.

On the way to my office this morning, I heard these statistics on the radio, and I had to take a minute to wrap my head around these numbers that were screaming out to me over the car stereo:

Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019 …

And senior Army leaders — who say they’ve seen about a 30% jump in active duty suicides so far this year — told The Associated Press that they are looking at shortening combat deployments … *

Last year, the suicide rates, 20% lower than now, were still too high and unacceptable. It is overwhelming to think of each and every one of the lives that have been tragically changed because of these statistics.

I do not have all of the answers, and these situations can be so complicated; but I do know that music therapy services can help our active-duty military members and veterans. Not only does our field have the research to show this, but we have firsthand anecdotal evidence that music therapy can improve overall well-being and the outlook for the sometimes long road ahead.

Our team provides in-person and telehealth music therapy services for Veterans and active duty military personnel, and we are also very proud to partner with Music Therapy of the Rockies, a non-profit very near and dear to us who provides Songwriting Retreats for Veterans with PTSD.

If you or a loved-one is struggling due to military-related trauma, please know that we can help — no matter where you are. Our team now provides telehealth services to clients all over the globe, and we would be honored to walk alongside you during this crucial time.

With you in the hard times and the good,

 

 

 

 

*Read the full article from WSB News & Talk here.

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