Therapists

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Julia Sims, MME, MT-BC

A born and raised Texas girl, Julia began her higher education at the University of Oklahoma where she received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with a minor in psychology. In the Fall of 2014, Julia decided to continue on with higher education and moved to Lawrence, Kansas. Here, she spent three years at the University of Kansas learning not only how to help others using the elements of music, but also discovering both of her passions for research and advancing the field of music therapy.

At the University of Kansas, Julia gained clinical experience with the following populations:

  • Toddlers with developmental disabilities
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Adults with neurologic disorders
  • Adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders
  • Well older adults at a senior living facility
  • At-risk toddlers attending a daycare program

In addition to providing services to these populations, Julia spent 6-months interning at Ozanam, a non-profit residential treatment facility in Kansas City. Here, Julia worked with at-risk adolescents who had emotional and behavioral disorders, and had experienced varying levels of trauma. Julia was fortunate to have a music therapy supervisor that guided her towards learning about and utilizing music therapy interventions such as: rap therapy, songwriting as a coping skill, music lessons as a coping skill, adapted cover band rehearsals, and group drumming.

In May of 2017, Julia graduated from the University of Kansas with a Master’s degree in music therapy. Soon after, she moved back to her hometown in the Parker County area, where she currently resides and is working to build her private practice, Wildflower Music Therapy.

 

 

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Colton Smith, MT-BC

Colton is a board-certified music therapist currently pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy at Texas Woman’s University in Denton. Before beginning his graduate studies in music therapy, Colton received a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance from Baylor University in 2012. During his time at TWU, Colton developed a particular passion for working with adolescents and young adults in the mental health field. Additionally, he gained experience working with a variety of clinical populations, including:

  • Preschool-aged children with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Incarcerated adolescents in a juvenile detention facility
  • Senior adults in a memory care facility
  • Adults with intellectual disabilities

Colton also completed a 6-month clinical internship at Sound Starts Music Therapy, a private music therapy practice in Frisco, TX. At Sound Starts, Colton worked with a variety of populations including children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, older adults in senior living and memory facilities, and neurological rehabilitation patients. After completing his internship, Colton began working as a music therapist at Wildflower Music Therapy while also working to complete the final requirements of his master’s program at TWU.