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Alumni Interview: Sophia Morreale, #30

Sophia Morreale, Intern #30

Interviewed By Brianna Larsen, Intern #122

Sophia is the founder of Music Heals and creator of The Sophia Process, a music and expressive arts methodology.  Her life of music began when she was bedridden at the age of five.  She experienced the healing powers of music and since then has been hooked.  Like other MusicWorx alumni such as Kat Fulton and Chelsea Davis, Sophia ventured on a different route than others.  See what Sophia has to say about her time at MusicWorx.

1. What is your current job? 

I am in private practice, working one-on-one with clients and training other helping professionals to use music and expressive arts therapies in their practice.  I do online classes and trainings for individuals and have produced self-guided music therapy CDs, wrote a book and produced five training videos on the subject.  My website is www.musicheals.me.  I changed my name from Mary to Sophia last year.

2. Would you say MusicWorx (MW) helped you get to where you are today?

Yes, definitely … both personally and professionally.

3. What drew you to the MusicWorx internship?

The variety of populations to work with, Barbara, and of course, San Diego!

4. What was your favorite moment of your internship experience?

Presenting a quadriplegic patient in rehab a four-CD set of his life story in song produced by all of the interns!

5. Are there any aspects of what you learned at MW internship that best prepared you for your career today?

My experience with substance abuse rehab helped me to realize that I prefer this population and have worked for years in rehab, trauma and sexual abuse clients.

6. What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship? 

I did not find the internship challenging, but a joy!

7. What was your biggest “aha” moment for your professional and/or personal growth?

Affirming that my path would not be as a “traditional” kind of music therapist, and Barbara was very supportive of how each individual created his or her own path.

8. What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?

Pay attention to the deeper questions and insights from your heart.  These will always be a beacon and guide.

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