About Us

History of CTMTS

Our practice was established in 2005 by music therapist, Jennifer Sokira. She set out to nurture creative possibilities in people. To accomplish this, she traveled to the homes, schools, and facilities of her clients. Sharing top notch treatment in a variety of settings was a success. Soon after, she partnered with music therapist Emily Bevelaqua and the practice flourished. Connecticut Music Therapy Services has grown to employ several music therapists and serve hundreds of people throughout the state of Connecticut. In addition to helping clients in the community, we also educate fellow music therapists in the nation through in-person and self-study courses. In 2013, we became an approved provider of continuing education so that music therapy colleagues can learn from us to maintain their board certification.

 

Our Music Therapy Philosophy

We believe in helping people and the therapeutic modality we employ is music. We use the power of music and all of its inherent sounds, structures, emotions, and possibilities to connect with our clients, reveal possibilities and make their lives better. We believe that personal growth takes place through positive relationships built on trust and hope. We can nurture creative possibilities in you and your loved one. Find a complete list of our services here.

Staff

Executive Director

CT Music Therapy Services-29Jennifer Sokira, MMT, LCAT, MTBC has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2002 and her primary clinical foci are working with children with special needs and with adults in hospice/palliative care. She has authored two chapters and a published research study and has presented locally, regionally and nationally on topics including Rett Syndrome, Children with Physical Disabilities, and on various topics in music therapy business including practice building, marketing and ethics. Jennifer received her bachelors from Duquesne University and her master in music therapy from Temple University. She is a NY Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. Jennifer has served the profession of music therapy in a variety of capacities, currently as President-Elect of the New England Region and nationally on the AMTA Ethics Board. She was the recipient of the NER Presidential Achievement Award in 2011.

 

 

Co-Director & Clinical Coordinator

CT Music Therapy Services-25Emily Bevelaqua, MMT, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist who has experience with a wide range of client populations, including children and adults with autism and neurological disorders, Rett Syndrome, learning disabilities, multiple disabilities, NVLD, Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, PTSD, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Emily became the co-director and co-owner of Connecticut Music Therapy Services in 2010. She works with clients throughout the state and also provides clinical supervision and support for the Connecticut Music Therapy Services team.

Emily received her bachelor of Fine Arts in Music from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music, her Music Therapy Equivalency from Anna Maria College, and her master in Music Therapy from Temple University. Emily serves her National Organization as the co-chair of the AMTA Professional Advocacy Committee and locally as the New England Region Professional Advocacy Representative.

 

Senior Staff Music Therapist

HS Gati 150xKelsy Gati is a board certified music therapist who joined the Connecticut Music Therapy Services Team in 2015. Armed with a Bachelor’s of Music Therapy from Anna Maria College, Kelsy has experience working with a wide variety of clientele. She has experience working with Children, Adolescents and Seniors in Nursing homes, schools, hospitals and home settings. Her clinical background includes working with people with: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Rett Syndrome, cognitive delays, developmental disorders, Down Syndrome, Autism, verbal delays, visual impairment, Hospice, Grief Support, physical disabilities and depression. Read more about Kelsy on our blog.

 

Staff Music Therapist

PInkSweater ThumbnailRebekah DeMieri, MT-BC is a board-certified music therapist who has experience in a variety of settings including hospital/rehabilitation, adult day programs, and special education and with a wide range of client populations including children and adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Lesch-Nyhans, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurological disorders. She received her Bachelor of Music Education specializing in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas and has completed training in Neurologic Music Therapy from Colorado State University. She is currently pursing her masters degree from Colorado State University.

 

Staff Music Therapist

Megan Kellogg is a board certified music therapist and has worked with an array of clientele ranging from infants to seniors. Megan has worked with clients in many settings including schools, homes, and hospitals. Her clinical background includes working with clients with visual impairments, developmental disorders, Autism, cognitive delays, memory impairment, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Megan received her Bachelor of Music from Western Connecticut State University, and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Music Therapy from Lesley University.

 

Staff Music Therapist

HS McSorley 150xKristen McSorley is a board-certified music therapist who focuses on empowering clients in a strength-based, music-centered approach. She has worked with people in all walks of life, including children and adults with special needs, mental health, autism, medical, dementia, hospice care, oncology, stroke, substance abuse, homeless, survivors of trauma, and health and wellness groups. She has also provided music therapy internationally in Jamaica as part of a field service team. Kristen received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy at Slippery Rock University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Read more about Kristen on our blog.

 

Staff Music Therapist

Muchahy ThumbnailCassandra Muchahy, MMT, MT-BC is a board certified music therapist who joined Connecticut Music Therapy Services in 2010.  She has experience working with children, adults and seniors in adult and adolescent psychiatric settings, shelters, schools, community centers, nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and in their homes.  Cassandra has experience working with individuals and groups who have been diagnosed with autism, neurological disorders, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, cancer, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, etc.  Cassandra received her Bachelor of Music (BMus) in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Master of Music Therapy (MMT) from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Staff Music Therapist

HS TortoraSteve Tortora is a board-certified music therapist with his bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Montclair State University in New Jersey. He has experience working with a variety of clientele including: children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with varying levels of both mental and physical disorders. He has worked with people diagnosed with: Alzheimer’s disease, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, speech and visual impairments, and many more. Read more about Steve on our blog.

Staff Music Therapist

Philips ThumbnailMatt Phillips is a board-certified music therapist and licensed social worker (LCSW in PA & CT, LMSW in NY). He specializes in trauma-informed group work with adolescents using music and experiential activities to facilitate integration of past traumatic experiences and development of healthy adult identities.

 

 

Administrative Staff

Bosse thumbnailLinda Bosse, MT-BC, is a board certified music therapist with over 35 years of experience working with adult mental health and substance abuse clients in residential treatment settings; in the 1970’s she founded and directed a music therapy internship program at Fairfield Hills Hospital in Newtown, CT.  During the last ten years, she has guest lectured at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, taught music therapy courses & provided clinical supervision to music therapy students at Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, and taught fundamentals of music and introduction to music therapy courses to music students at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, CT.  Linda has been active in both regional and national music therapy associations, currently serving as regional representative to the AMTA membership committee, member of the regional conference committee, and parliamentarian to the AMTA Assembly of Delegates.  She received her Bachelor of Music Education in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas in 1972.

 

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