Yup. It can be weird at first - going to therapy and talking to a stranger. Consider this our "hello," or our way of breaking the ice.

Meet Our Team

 

WHY I'M A MUSIC THERAPIST: 

Music made a incredible difference in my life when I was a teenager and college student, coping with family issues and the death of grandparents. Music was my support every time I needed it. Now, I get to help folks find relief and level-up by connecting to music. It's pretty much the best job ever. 

WHAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT:

Singing. And helping people work through anxiety and low self esteem.

MUSIC I LIKE: 

One of my super powers is making themed playlists, and right now I'm obsessed with the band AJR, Chance the Rapper and Billie Ellish. 

ME, AS A PERSON: 

When I'm not running the practice, you can find me drinking coffee, reading, bullet journaling, or watching the latest season of Grey's Anatomy. I adore hot air balloons, aerial circus arts, and cuddles with my dog. I come from a huge family (nine siblings), and this year I'm taking on the challenge of reading 100 books. 

EDUCATION STUFF: 

Two Bachelors -  Psychology & Music Therapy from SMU. I interned with MusicWorx in San Diego. 

Founder, CEO, Music Therapist

Esther Craven, MT-BC

WHY I'M A MUSIC THERAPIST: 

I kind of jumped into music therapy, feet first.  I didn't know much about it before college, but I've always loved music.  So, when a high school teacher mentioned it to me my senior year, I thought "Where do I sign up?  Music + Helping Others = A Good Fit for Me".  But, what makes music therapy so amazing for me, is the people I get to watch have aha moments, really good cries, laughs and moments where they feel seen.  Those are the moments that make the challenging days so worth it.

 

WHAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT:

Singing. And making people laugh. And coloring. And helping people explore their identity.

 

MUSIC I LIKE: 

I grew up around A LOT of gospel music.  It is still my favorite genre to this day.  But outside of that genre, I LOVE Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé,  PJ Morton, Rihanna and Jazmine Sullivan.

 

ME, AS A PERSON: 

Hi, I'm an introvert!  I love time to myself to recharge.  My favorite ways to do so?  Coloring in adult coloring books, being an extremely unofficial movie critic, watching funny YouTube videos, and thinking of weird and fun introspective questions to ask myself and my friends.  When I'm out in the world, I love catching up with friends, roller-coasters, seeing live music and eating really good food.

 

EDUCATION STUFF: 

Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from SMU. I interned at Austin State Hospital in Austin, TX. 

Music Therapist

Autumn Langston, MT-BC

WHY I'M A MUSIC THERAPIST:
I grew up seeing a bunch of ways that music could bring people together. From singing songs in church as a kid, dancing along with some of my parents' favorite classic rock songs, and finally learning to play an instrument myself, I saw how music can tell a story and shape how we feel. When I learned about music therapy in high school, it immediately felt like a perfect fit. Getting to use music as the bridge between my clients and me still feels like the coolest thing in the world.

WHAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT:
Listening, playing guitar, finding the bright side in stressful situations, crossword puzzles, and helping people find their voice.

MUSIC I LIKE:
My taste in music is a weird mash-up that came from the influence of my family, years of listening to classical music, and hours spent going down "related artist" rabbit holes on Spotify. Some of my favorite artists are The Staves, Florence + the Machine, Rukhsana Merrise, Kishi Bashi, and Tune-Yards.

ME, AS A PERSON:
When I'm feeling especially motivated, you can find me writing songs, studying a new language, baking things to satisfy my sweet tooth, or out with my camera taking pictures of people and places that I love. Otherwise, I'm usually watching movies, clicking through Wikipedia articles on everything from philosophy to the history of toast, or discovering a new story-driven video game.

EDUCATION STUFF:

I received two Bachelors of Music from SMU -- Music Therapy and Viola Performance. I interned at the Austin State Hospital in Austin, Texas.

Music Therapist

Kevin Bock, MT-BC

WHY I'M STUDYING MUSIC THERAPY: 

Music was there for me at a time when nothing else was. It was my outlet during times of adversity growing up. I once told someone, “I really love music, but I also want to help people”. Their response was, “why can’t you do both?”. So, once I found out music therapy existed, it was a perfect fit because as a music therapist, I'll do both of these things every day! 

WHAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT:

I am good at making people laugh and being a goof. I am good at showing up for people and being reliable. I am also a great songwriter and love to write music in my spare time. 

MUSIC I LIKE: 

One of my favorite bands is Radiohead. But, I listen and like all types of music! All music of all genres can and should be appreciated and enjoyed in my world. :) I will say live music is my all-time favorite- research supports live music is best too!

ME, AS A PERSON: 

I am a nerdy open-minded individual who loves to read, learn, and engage in healthy  debates. I was exposed to a beach-outdoor centered life at a young age, which led me to become an eco-nut that loves the Earth and nature very much! In my spare time I like to exercise, go on walks, volunteer my time, practice music, etc. My mottos: Always do the best you can do and pay it forward however you can. 

 

EDUCATION STUFF: 

Pre- B.M. (Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy), Minor in Psychology,

Research Assistant for the MuSci Lab at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. 

Music Therapy Student

Lea Hobbie

WHY I'M STUDYING MUSIC THERAPY: 

I fell in love with music at a very young age, and always knew I wanted to be a professional musician. I struggled with an eating disorder and anxiety as a teenager, and attended group music therapy during my treatment. Music therapy has healed me in so many different ways, and now I want to share the gift with others! 

 

WHAT I'M REALLY GOOD AT: 

Singing, playing piano, and empathizing/validating people's emotions. I also make a mean vegan grilled cheese sandwich. 

 

MUSIC I LIKE: 

I grew up listening to the music my parents love. My favorite bands are Queen and the Beatles, but I listen to all kinds of music. My Spotify is filled with Van Halen, Hall and Oates, Frank Sinatra, Etta James, KISS, Elvis, Van Morrison, Vivaldi, Chopin, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Prince, Nirvana, The Smiths, and of course, Beyonce. 

 

ME, AS A PERSON: 

When I'm not busy with school work, you can find me volunteering at Dallas Animal Services. Come find me if you're looking for a fur baby to join your family! I've also been known to frequent Spiral Diner for a veggie burger with friends. My favorite thing to do on weekends is get dressed up for an opera or musical at the Winspear, or the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson! 

 

EDUCATION STUFF:

Currently an SMU student, looking to graduate December 2020 with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy. 

Music Therapy Student

Malley Morales

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Esther is a very compassionate and understanding person who is very good at what she does and cares very much for the people she works with. I feel very comfortable sharing with her, and I always look forward to the time I spend with her.

— Katie Logan Nix, MA LPC @ katienixcounseling

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