Healing with Harmony:
A Music Processing Group
for Trauma

12

Sessions

Virtual

Meeting

18+

age range

80 min

Duration

$50

cost per session

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Healing with harmony overview

Music is often quoted as being “a universal language” given its power to transmit ideas, stories, and feelings across cultures and people. The Healing with Harmony: Music Processing Group for Trauma at Sandoval Therapy harnesses the power of music and structured sound experiences as tools for expression, processing, connection, and coping for survivors of developmental and single-incident trauma (C-PTSD & PTSD).

The group encourages active, somatic processing and a focus on nervous system regulation and stabilization. Clients can expect to leave the group with dozens of tools for grounding, coping, processing, and healing.

Who is this group for?

This group is welcoming to clients 18+ of all gender identities & expressions. The group is limited to a total of 10 participants. All attendees must be residents of California and physically present in the state during the sessions.

meet your facilitator

I am Danielle Palomares, an associate marriage and family trauma therapist at Sandoval Therapy in Pasadena, CA. I have been a private music educator since 2008 and a lifelong singer, holding a Masters Degree from UCLA in Music in addition to a second Masters degree in Marriage & Family Therapy.

My work as a musician is what brought me to psychotherapy. I have had the pleasure of witnessing the transformative power of music to serve as a conductor of emotional processing throughout my life, both personally and in my colleagues and students.

I envisioned and developed this group first at Peace Over Violence while an intern working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual trauma. The group was a huge success, and I am thrilled to be able to relaunch it.

group structure

The group runs for 80-minutes and is broken up roughly into three sections. We always begin with a group karaokecheck-in question & then a short psychoeducation presentation on the day’s theme.

We then move into the somatic & music-based interventions, such as: guided breath work to music, bilateral stimulation to music, entrainment or drumming work to music, performance analysis and discussion, listening and reflection, group or solo guided compositions, sing-alongs, expressive arts, guided singing, grounding exercises, improvisations, guided meditations and visualizations, stretching, tapping, and havening to music.

We always end with group talk therapy processing, discussing the interventions and what’s coming up emotionally for group members that week. Between sessions, we have collaborative Spotify playlists that align with the week’s theme, allowing us to stay connected through music between sessions.

Syllabus

This session will focus on learning about trauma & the nervous system, the power of music and somatic interventions for processing, building group cohesion, and engaging in some initial music-based interventions.

80 Min – Virtual Session – $50

This theme will focus on fostering internal resourcing and appreciation of our resilience. All music and interventions will focus on the theme of empowerment & strength.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

This theme will focus on transitions, including letting go of relationships, beliefs, habits, people, and experience that no longer serve you.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

Developing and strengthening safe love & connection are vital elements of trauma recovery and nervous system regulation. Today’s music and interventions will be a celebration of all things love and connection, and reflection on ways we can expand and deepen our circles of support.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

Grief and loss are core parts of our human experience, along with being some of the most painful parts of our human experience. Today’s music and intervention centers on the themes of loss and grief, and interventions for feeling, coping, and making meaning from these experiences.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

In the wake of C-PTSD and PTSD it can be challenging to establish and enforce healthy boundaries, both with oneself internally between various competing parts of the self, and with others. Today’s theme explores boundaries and their importance.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

Anger and Rage are often villainized emotions in our society, but using a parts-work perspective, they are often symbolic of protector parts within us trying to keep us fundamentally safe. Today’s session focuses on making room for these emotions and parts and harness their power for empowerment and forward motion.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

When we are in creative and imaginative energy, it’s often a sign that we are connected to our higher self energy, borrowing from an Internal Family Systems informed lens. Creativity and imagination are important ingredients for both healing and processing, so today’s group hones in on these parts of our human experience.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

Today’s group is especially poignant for members with complex, developmental trauma. All children have a desire to feel safe, seen, and delighted in, yet many of us did not get those fundamental needs met. Today’s session looks at how we can improve our own awareness of inner child or exile energy, increase self-attunement, and foster internal resources for self-soothing and nurturing.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

When we survive trauma, feelings of joy and celebration may feel snuffed out as we are in survival mode. Today we will focus on how to foster increase joy and celebration in our lives, building off of the inner child work from week 9.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

This session’s group and music interventions take a more existential turn as we focus on the brevity, singularity, and wonder that is being alive.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

As we round out three solid months of processing work through music and sound experiences, we leave reflecting on hope and acceptance. Today we will reflect on nurturing hope and leaning into radical acceptance.

80 Min  – Virtual Session – $50

FAQs

Definitely not! This group uses music as a tool to process emotions, and it is not a performance class where talent or skill matters. You just need to have a love of music, a willingness to try some of the exercises, and the courage to channel your creative side.

We will be doing four main types of interventions: improvisationsguided compositionsre-creative exercises (singing, playing, performing, sing-alongs), and receptive work (meditation, listening, movement to music, breath-work to music, combining listening with visual art, lyric discussion, unguided music imagery, to name a few.)

If you have an instrument, feel free to bring it to session. Otherwise, we will mostly be using the voice and our bodies. For some of the sessions, we may invite you to bring some basic art materials (paper & coloring tools). Most importantly, we strongly recommend attending on a larger laptop/ desktop computer instead of a small phone and use earphones. We also recommend creating a free Spotify account so that you can enjoy the weekly themed, collaborative playlists for the group!

This is a closed group, limited to 10 participants. This means that once we begin meeting on February 1st, we will not have new people coming and going.

Because the content in the group builds on itself week to week, there are two absences allowed during the group. We require a 24 hour notice for cancelation to avoid paying the full fee of the group.

We do not have sliding spots available for this February 2024 cohort as we are offering an introductory rate to everyone, however, future groups will be planned so that we can offer a limited number of sliding scale options. Feel free to enroll to get on my referral sheet to be contacted about future groups in Spring and Summer 2024.

This group is virtual, but clients will be required to attend from a private, static location (i.e. not in public or on the go). Clients will have the opportunity to turn off their camera during portions of the session, but to ensure safety, confidentiality, and protect trust and rapport we need everyone to be willing and able to be on camera for the majority of session time. Because of the confidential nature of the content, young children, significant others, and non-members are prohibited from being in the room during the session.

are you ready to start?

If you’re interested in scheduling a 15-minute screening call to enroll in the group or being listed on my referral sheet for notification about upcoming music groups launching later in the year, please fill out the form below.

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