Alumni Interview: Trina Rainey #53
It was inspiring to interview Trina and hear of her accomplishments in the field of music therapy! She has been sole proprietor of Healing Harmony Music Therapy business for seven years. Trina testifies to the way that internship contributed to this success, and recalls the support of the MusicWorx family throughout.
Enjoy Trina’s responses below!
What is your current job?
I am a music therapist in Bozeman, Montana. My business has been thriving since 2006. Yes, MusicWorx taught me about the foundation in which you need to create your own business.
What drew you to the MusicWorx internship?
I knew two others from my school, Appalachian State that had good experiences there. Upon research, it seemed to fit the realm of what I wanted experience in: diverse population and private practice. Plus, why not move to Cali for a while?!
What was your favorite moment of your MusicWorx experience?
I felt so supported there by the team. I can remember on several occasions walking out of sessions and getting hugs, high fives and feeling so wonderful about the work that had just been done for clients and patients.
Are there any aspects of what you learned at MusicWorx internship that best prepared you for your career today?
Just going for it!
What was one of your biggest challenges during your internship?
Working with clients/ patients for an extended period of time. It was a challenge for me to set personal and emotional boundaries so that I did not get burnt out and I could do my best work for that person.
What was your biggest “aha” moment for your professional and/or personal growth?
I was once working with a hospice patient that had alcoholism and a history of abuse to his adult daughter. At first it was difficult for me to not judge the patient, but during my session with him, I realized that he deserved “a good death” just like anyone else. It was from then on I finally threw away my own judgments with everyone I work with and learned to treat them fairly and help as much as I can.
What would be your one piece of advice to future MusicWorx interns?
Have fun, put yourself in challenging situations so you can grow and just go for it!!