Peyton joined Infinity’s team in July 2021 as a staff music therapist. As one of our staff clinicians, she will be conducting individual and group music therapy sessions, completing assessments, consulting on cases, and more.
Peyton received her B.A. in Music Production / Audio Engineering with a minor in Leadership Studies from University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2017. Continuing to explore her love for music and psychology, she received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Music Therapy from Lesley University in 2020. Prior to this, Peyton completed two internships at both Walnut Street Center in Medford, MA and Pelham Academy in Lexington, MA. She worked with both adults dealing with developmental disabilities and teens processing emotional trauma and distress. Peyton is nationally board certified as a music therapist through the Certification Board for Music Therapists.
Mental health and holistic approaches are at the forefront of Peyton’s focuses, especially while working with children and adolescents. Through her master’s thesis research, Peyton has found that the use of preferred music, lyric analysis and songwriting has been extremely beneficial in helping individuals manage and process trauma.
Peyton’s primary instrument is voice and she has enjoyed singing from a young age. She has experience in in audio engineering and music production and incorporates this side of music in her clinical work when appropriate. Her favorite instruments to use in music therapy sessions are guitar and drums and she enjoys facilitating group drum circles with clients regularly.
Peyton is excited to be joining Infinity Music Therapy’s team and is looking forward to advocating for music therapy services in mental health settings!
What brought Peyton Music Therapy?
“Music has always been super important to me. I’ve been singing since I was a kid and I remember driving around with my mom in the car singing songs like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Respect” and always having fun. When I was a teenager, music always helped me feel better and aid in exploring my emotions.
In high school, I was very involved in music – after school choirs, honors choirs, singing competitions and musicals. I spent more time in the chorus room than in the classroom and genuinely believe it was the best place for me to be. In college I went through many trials and errors of what I wanted to do, eventually landing on audio engineering and music production. Shortly after realizing my love for psychology and helping others, I discovered music therapy.
At the time, my family members were looking into treatment programs for my grandmother and spoke with a music therapist at an Alzheimer’s information center. My uncle texted me right after with an info card and said, “you need to look into this, this is for you!”. Seeing how connected my grandmother has been to music even given her Alzheimer’s diagnosis is truly amazing to me. I did my research and realized music therapy was the direction of the career path that I wanted to take. Upon graduating, I attended grad school received my dual degree in mental health counseling and music therapy. What has helped guide me along the way is my passion for mental health and music therapy work combined, knowing how much it impacted my upbringing, and life in general. Being a helping hand in others’ lives is what drives me to be a music therapist today.”
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