My name is Cheryl-Lee Campbell. Music therapy is my second career. Before switching paths, I was a singer, a singing teacher, and a private web consultant. I still perform professionally on occasion: most recently I was the soprano soloist in a performance of Mozart’s Requiem.
A few years ago, I started to learn about music therapy. I found what I learned so convincing that I was inspired to completely change course and fulfill a desire to help people (especially babies and children). I have also become passionate about helping parents who dealing with “extra”: a disability diagnosis for their child for example, or the need to look after others as well.
I have experience working with paediatric clients with a variety of diagnoses, including Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and genetic disorders. As an intern, I was the first representative of music therapy at a major Toronto hospital (Mount Sinai), where I worked with babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), as well as their parents. Another practicum was a Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital. I also have experience in long-term care.
I hold a Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, where I was honoured to receive the Harmonize for Speech Master of Music Therapy Award. In addition to classroom work, I completed over 1000 hours in clinical internship. My Major Research Project was titled: Leaving space in the music: Music therapy, children, and speech and language disorders.
I have the MTA (Music Therapist Accredited), and MT-BC (equivalent U.S. accreditation) credentials. I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), and I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice Standards of the College. I have completed extra training in early childhood music (through Raising Harmony), and I have taken DIR101 (a introductory course for the DIRFloortime® approach). I continue to pursue educational experiences in order to expand and improve upon my practice and I am currently focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as Narrative Therapy.