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Katie Down, (LCAT, MT-BC, MMT, MM) is a licensed creative arts therapist, Reiki practitioner, meditation teacher, performer and composer. She has been teaching and facilitating sound meditations and deep listening workshops for over 10 years offering classes, and training programs in music therapy and sound healing as well as providing clinical supervision for LCATs, LCSWs, MDs and other creative arts therapists.
Katie received her master's degree in Music Psychotherapy at New York University and went on to post graduate training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and with Laurel Parnell for certification in EMDR and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Paulette Graf.
Incorporating MBSR, EMDR, and creative visualization for trauma and trauma-related symptoms, Katie provides a nurturing, grounded and open environment for opening the heart and letting go of blockages and negative patterns that hold us back from feeling connected to our higher selves and each other.
Katie teaches for the SUNY New Paltz music therapy department and is the clinical coordinator.
She developed the Brooklyn Music School's music therapy program and continues to offer sound meditations and continuing education for music therapists through their professional development program.
Katie offers continuing education for clinicians, bodyworkers, and sound practitioners interested in learning more about sound, music, vibration and the healing arts and has designed courses such as "Music and Mindfulness in Clinical Applications" for The Spiegel Academy, "The Art of Listening "at NYU, and The School of Visual Arts, "Deep Listening Through Sound Meditation" at Cal State Fullerton, "Sound and Mindfulness in Contemplative Care" at the Art of Healing conference at The Jewish Theological Seminary, The Expressive Arts Therapy Summit, and The International Conference on Deep Listening, and has presented at grand rounds presentations for local NY hospitals.
Katie has worked internationally in the Balkans, South Africa, and Ecuador, offering workshops in improvisation and song writing for children and teens and has trained with Musicians Without Borders in the Netherlands to work towards social justice for refugees and marginalized populations.