Creative Knowledge Center Manager, Music Therapist
Akash is a Music Therapist and the Intake Coordinator at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology at Illinois Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Music Therapy & Counseling at Drexel University. Through training and practice in inpatient behavioral hospitals, Akash has developed clinical experience in working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, and psychosis. Akash also completed a clinical practicum at Frankie’s World Medical Daycare, which serves infants and children with developmental disabilities in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his clinical work, Akash has worked with LGBTQ youth at The Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia, where he utilized music-making and visionary fiction to facilitate social justice work and identity development. Akash has chaired and presented at ITA’s Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference and has presented at the Critical Pedagogy in the Arts Therapies conference and at the South Asian Mental Health Consortium conference. He enjoys membership in the American Music Therapy Association, Asian American Psychological Association, and Creative Arts Therapists of Color.