Shirley is a Creative Minds Music Therapist who works with children and adults to help enhance cognitive and physical skills, nurture emotional and social development, and provide a space for creative and authentic expression.
Shirley believes that, as humans, we are all inherently musical. Music is easily accessible, and can be used in a variety of ways to help clients work through day to day challenges. Clients also find new ways of communicating and interacting with others and the world around them during music therapy sessions with her.
For the first eight years of her 15+ year career, Shirley supported adults in long-term care settings. Her practice has since expanded to include children with various developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, adults with various physical and developmental challenges, and Mental Health with teens and adults.
Shirley is a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. She is also a Registered Psychotherapist (RP).
Shirley holds a Masters Degree in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI).