About CMTS

Creative Music Therapy Solutions is just about 20 years old !! We have grown from a team of four to a team of eighteen. C.M.T.S.provides Music Therapists for permanent as well as temporary positions, working with clients in their homes and in established facilities. We work with a widely diverse client base including children and adults on the Autism spectrum , veterans with PTSD , and geriatrics with great results. We also have therapists specializing in mental health and addictions, brain injury , and in geriatrics with dementia and Alzheimer’s. We have a great, skilled team to serve your needs.

News and Information from CMTS

By Lucy Cross, MTA According to the Music therapy Association of BC’s 2015 Annual Report, there are only 22 Music Therapists working in hospitals in BC, compared to over 175 working with geriatrics, adults and children outside of the hospital setting. It seems there is a great need for more music therapists in Vancouver’s hospitals. In a hospital setting, an accredited […]

 by Marni Brechin, M.T.A. Background music is used in many settings. In many facilities, it is used to fill in the silences between meals and programs. Naomi Ziv of the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion, Israel, and her colleagues showed, in a Journal of Music Therapy study, that background music is associated with an increase in positive […]

By Emily Teng, MMT, MTA, BMus Over the past 10 years, I have been working with children and adolescents living with various conditions and special needs. Even though my title indicates that I am a therapist, I often wonder who gets the maximum benefit from my therapy sessions. Is it me or is it my client? I would like to […]

written by Sheldon Francescini, BMT, MTA, MT-BC After 5 years in school (at Douglas College and Capilano University) I recently graduated with my Bachelors of Music Therapy, passed the board certification process, and am now an Accredited Music Therapist. “What do you do, though?” or “What is Music Therapy?” many people have asked. In this article I’ll attempt to explain […]

Written by Amelia Koebel, BMT I currently work in a couple of different high schools with youth in grades 8 through 12. The classes that I work with include students with a variety of both physical and cognitive disabilities. Common diagnoses include Autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. One thing that all of these student’s have […]

by Tatyana Dobrowolski, MTA In my work with at risk youth I have used performing as a tool to help manage anxiety and increase confidence in these youth. It has worked really well and has surprised the students, teachers and even myself at times. The programs I run give the students different opportunities to perform with different levels of risk. […]

By Shannon Westlake, BA, BMT, MTA February, the month of Valentines Day and love is quickly approaching.  As a music therapist who works in Long Term Care, I have the opportunity to see some amazing examples of lasting love through trying circumstances.  I can only imagine how difficult it must be for couples who have lived most of their lives […]

By Christine Dibble, MMT, MTA I was working with a geriatric client for almost two years when I encountered a true “music therapy miracle” as I like to call them. It was one of those “a-HA!” moments that really reinforce the purpose of music therapy. This client had not made any observable responses to music in the entirety of our sessions. They had […]

by Jennalene Brink, MTA This famous quote by Hans Christian Anderson rings true for an 86 year old gentlemen adjusting to life with Dementia. Due to a decline in health and memory that has affected his independence, “John” and his family decided it would be best for him to move into an extended care facility. Though John agreed , he […]

by Christina Cheshire, BMT If you bring forth that which is within you, Then that which is within you will be your salvation. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, Then that which is within you will destroy you. ~ the Gnostic Gospels What is Trauma? Trauma can be the result of a perceived life-threat or […]