Ava is a part-time music therapist at the Institute for Therapy through the Arts and a former music therapy intern at ITA. Ava received her Bachelors in Music Therapy from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina along with a double minor in Theater performance and psychological sciences. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Ava was exposed to many forms of art in the DC area and is passionate about the different modalities of creative expression and their uses for therapeutic purposes. Ava is a budding researcher in the field of music therapy having completed experimental research as an undergraduate and being awarded the American Music Therapy Association’s E. Thayer Gaston research award in 2018.
Ava has experience working with a wide range diagnosis including school aged children with autism and other special needs, pre-teens and adolescents with anxiety, depression and other mood and behavioral disorders, adults with mental health conditions, and adults with autism and developmental delays. Ava’s therapeutic philosophy values and celebrates diversity and differences while empowering those facing any form of oppression. Ava practices with an eclectic approach, designing and adapting interventions to best encourage the full potential of an individual. She is so excited to be back with ITA as a Board Certified Music Therapist!