Interview with Ian Thornley from Big Wreck for World Music Therapy Day

Ian Thornley from Big Wreck- Interview with Esther Thane for World Music Therapy Day

March 1, 2018 was celebrated around the world as: World Music Therapy Day, thanks to the initiative led by Music Heals Canada. Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing Ian Thornley, singer and lead guitarist of the long standing Canadian band: Big Wreck. We chatted about music's connection and significance in one's life. Big Wreck are performing March 1 & 2 at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver- the latest stop on their 20th Anniversary North American tour. Thank you for the chat Ian!

Music Heals "Strike a Chord" Fundraiser Event- October 19, 2017


Evret Tucker & Esther Thane attended Music Heals concert event at The Commodore in Vancouver. 

Fabulous performers including Sam Roberts! Over $500,000 was raised!  Thanks Chris Brandt & Music Heals!

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Amazing music, musicians, music therapists and community advocates coming together to raise awareness and money for music therapy services in Canada.  Fabulous performers including Sam Roberts! Over $500,000 was raised!  Thanks Chris Brandt & Music Heals!

ET Music Therapy clients performing at the Autism Speaks Walk Vancouver- October 1, 2017

It was an exciting day for two of our talented clients, performing a music set at the Autism Speaks walk.  Skilled guitar playing and passionate singing from both inspired the audience.  They were joined by Esther Thane, Executive Director who provided back up vocals/drums.  So proud of their accomplishment!

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Staff Training- Creative Response Therapy™ with Cyntha Gonzalez, August 20, 2017

Evret Tucker, Cyntha Gonzalez, Esther Thane, Nate Chan, Emily Naccarato (attending online in Ontario!)

Evret Tucker, Cyntha Gonzalez, Esther Thane, Nate Chan, Emily Naccarato (attending online in Ontario!)

ET Music Therapy staff were honored to experience an art therapy based afternoon with Cyntha Gonzalez.  We were introduced to the Creative Response Therapy™ (CRT)  which included her Spontaneous Painting method. One of the art works centered on Self Portrait, and both experiences were followed by a writing exercise.  Thank you so much to Cyntha, who travelled from Dubai- where she has been living and offering her therapeutic services for the past 19 years.    

Cyntha Gonzalez, creator of the Creative Response Therapy™

Cyntha Gonzalez began the creation of Creative Response Therapy™ in Paris, France in 1989, applying her background of Transpersonal Psychology and counseling, as well as non-ordinary states work, supporting the client to access deeper states of consciousness with the intention of healing and integration. She expanded the modalities beyond the initial Spontaneous Painting, to include Spontaneous Clay, Collage, Face Mask, Coloring Mandalas and Sand Mandalas. She also taught it in conjunction with Holotropic Breathwork, Constellation, Radical Forgiveness and Relationship workshops and her long-running yearlong Transpersonal Counseling Course. She initially taught private classes as well as trained medical practitioners throughout France, including psychologists, occupational therapists, geriatric and psychiatric nurses and special needs practitioners. She moved on to the UK and then the UAE, from where she is currently based and teaches this method throughout the Middle East, India, the Americas and Europe, both in person and online through Mundo Pato's Unitus TI Cloud platform. For more info on Cyntha:

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Bikers For Autism "Shuck it Forward 2017" fundraiser

A great day Downtown Vancouver with performances from our amazing client Marshall Forsythe & Nate Chan, music therapist at ET Music Therapy (on drums & back up vocals).  Thank you James Baker from Bikers For Autism for the opportunity and the most generous gift to Marshall- a beautiful guitar donated by Bikers For Autism, D'Angelico Guitars and International Motorcycles.  

An Inspiring week in New Delhi, India at the Women Economic Forum 2017 (May 8-13). Honored to speak and receive an "Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All" award by Dr. Harbeen Arora

This was a gathering of international women making progressive changes in various industries and disciplines.  Beautiful connections were made and I so appreciated the sharing of innovating ideas and relationship!  An unforgettable experience. 

World Autism Awareness Day Celebration at Pacific Autism Family Network Centre!

ET Music Therapy enjoyed the wonderful celebration at PAFN this past Sunday.  The music therapy room was open for familes to explore, and we had a table display offering information on our programs.  In the front lobby, a talented member of our program performed along with Nate Chan, one of our music therapists. It was fantastic to connect with families, other providers at the centre, and the whole community! Thank you to PAFN and Blue Cross for hosting this event!