From a young age Jona has been involved in working with individuals with behavioral health and developmental needs. Jona has worked in collaboration with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) as a music therapist. In addition, Jona has also served as a direct support aide for adults with developmental disabilities, a live in house manager at a DDS funded group home, and has held other managerial positions working with adults with developmental disabilities. Jona’s experience working with a variety of populations allows her to have a comprehensive knowledge of not only client needs, but also state systems.
Jona is a member of the American Music Therapy Association. She is an active clinician in the state and has presented workshops locally and nationally regarding the therapeutic and educational applications of music.
Jona is also trained in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth and Creative Arts Birth Education.
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What brought Jona to Music Therapy?
“When I was about eight years old I start learning how to play the flute. I volunteered at a nursing home at that time and I started bringing my flute with me. One day, while I was playing, one of my residents began to sing. I had never even heard her talk! I decided then that I would help people with music. I began volunteering with local agencies serving individuals with disabilities. I became a peer mentor. I spent my summers working with at risk children and adults with mental health disorders. It wasn’t until high school that I learned about music therapy and I have never looked back. Music therapy just made sense; music has been my way to cope with pain and journey through life. I have watched children learn to talk with music, older adults rehabilitate their gait and I have watched clients enjoy their last days of life in song. There is nothing like music therapy. It is amazing to see something so magical have such a foundation in science. I have great joy each time my clients make one small step. Music fulfills my life.
What has kept me in the field is watching the profound effect music has. I have a son with Autism. It was through music he finally crawled. It was through music that he said his first words. It is through music that he is learning how to express himself in times of frustration. I am passionate about music therapy because it has drastically changed the path that my son’s development was on. I have watched the same happen for countless others as well.”
Clinic LocationsMain Office:
196 Queen St.
Southington, CT 06489
125 Shaw St.
New London, CT 06320
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Main Line (860) 518-5557
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