I love teaching music therapy at Laurier, and my classes always include plenty of experiential components.
As a clinician, I practice music psychotherapy and have developed the group analytic music therapy method. I specialize in working with adult clients who suffer psychological trauma, PTSD, vicarious traumatization or burn-out.
My research covers a wide range of qualitative, music psychotherapy research and evidence-based music medicine research, e.g., low frequency soundwave-research.
I have authored several books, (e.g., Group Analytic Music Therapy 2007, Barcelona Publishers) and have presented at many universities and conferences in Europe and North America.
I received a PhD from Joensuu University (1998), Finland, and an MA from the University of Helsinki (1990) and am a recent graduate from the Harvard University Refugee Trauma - Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program (2014).
I am registered psychotherapist (RP), accredited music therapist (MTA), and a clinical member of Ontario Society of psychotherapists (OSP), Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (CGPA), and American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
I supervise students’ major research papers, master thesis and PhD dissertations. I also provide clinical supervision.
Chapters in Books
Papers in Refereed Journals
To see my complete list of publications, please visit researchgate.net/profile/Heidi_Ahonen
Languages spoken: English, Finnish
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