Music Therapy Thankfulness = Music Therapy Happiness

I don’t know about you, but my Facebook newsfeed has been chocked full of “November Days of Thankfulness” status updates. “I’m thankful for my children”, “I’m thankful for dance parties”, I’m thankful for lazy days on the couch watching movies”, “I’m thankful for social networking”.  My Facebook friends have spent the last 3 weeks posting something for which they are thankful for each day with the idea that the thankfulness theme dies on November 30th. Not to say that sharing things that we are thankful for is a bad thing…. I think it’s a warm fuzzy for everyone involved!

However, one friend (and parent of one of my clients) has not taken part in this social fad, but instead posted a picture of a piece of art that simply stated, “I am not thankful because I am happy. I am happy because I am thankful”. Perfect. I have another friend (and administrator at one of the facilities we serve) that has a piece of art hanging in her office that says, “Have an Attitude of Gratitude!”  I have found myself thinking about that quote on almost a daily basis since the first day I saw it, which was over 2 years ago!

Of course there are good days and bad days, but I am an extremely happy person. It took me a little while to find it, but I attribute my happiness to this…. I am thankful every day for music therapy and what it has brought to my life and the lives of those around me. I have the best job in the world. Providing music therapy for my clients is challenging, but rewarding. Sometimes it’s frustrating, but it’s always magical. Seeing individual goals being met through the medium of music making is inspiring and affirms my belief in humanity. I am thankful for our clients and our patients for allowing us the opportunity to share our passion. I am thankful for our patient’s families, who communicate the needs of their loved ones, assist in providing the most effective music interventions, and support us by stepping back to allow us to grow our therapeutic relationships. The best part? I get to share this joy everyday with the greatest team of therapists and administrative staff around! Not a day goes by that I do not realize that I could not do this alone. I am so grateful for my employees and contractors that keep the wheels of our music therapy machine turning! Including our groups and facility contracts, our talented little team of 6 provides music therapy services to over 500 clients! Andrew Littlefield, Laurie Peebles, Andrea Johnson, Tasia Dockery, and Christy Deneau…. THANK YOU!!!

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The George Center!!!

Jamie George

The George Center for Music Therapy, 12060 Etris Rd. Suite 200, Roswell, GA

JAMIE GEORGE

Jamie founded The George Center for Music Therapy, Inc. in 2010 in order to expand and increase access to quality music therapy programs in the metro Atlanta area. She is a licensed and nationally board-certified music therapist. Jamie holds additional certifications in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy (NICU-MT).

Jamie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Western Michigan University, and a Master of Music with a concentration in Music Therapy, from the University of Georgia. She completed her graduate research studying music therapy and its effects on children with sensory processing disorder. Jamie completed her internship working with exceptional children in the Fulton County Schools Music Therapy Department in metro Atlanta. Jamie specializes in autism and other neurologic conditions. In addition to teaching and treating, she actively consults with parents, therapists, allied health, and therapeutic and educational programs across the country.

Jamie serves on the Ethics Board for the American Music Therapy Association, and serves as Government Relations Co-Chair for the Southeastern Region of the AMTA. She serves as Reimbursement Chair for the Music Therapy Association of Georgia, having previously served as Treasurer for the organization from 2007 – 2012.  Jamie also serves on the Georgia state task forceand the Georgia Secretary of State appointed Music Therapy Advisory Committee.

Jamie is an accomplished vocalist, and comes to Atlanta after having performed for several years in New York City and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Check out some of Jamie’s work over on the blog!