Founder: Amy Di Nino RP, MA, MTA, ARCT, NMT
I engage in an integrative theoretical approach within my music therapy clinical practice, fusing the connection of community with music psychotherapy techniques to promote and support change, healing and quality of life. My clinical specialities are neurodiverse/dual diagnosis children, addictions/recovery and mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.).
I entered the music therapy profession having been exposed to a variety of music from an early age and since then, have obtained degrees, diplomas, and certificates from the University of Windsor, University of Toronto, Humber College and I completed my Masters of Music Therapy at Berklee in Boston in 2018. Based out of Kitchener, ON, I am artistic director and conductor of Grand River Voices, and music director/organist at Mount Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo, ON. Additionally, I am the drummer for Cootes Paradise, a Dundas, ON blues and R&B band. As a conductor, pianist, and percussionist, I have performed with ensembles, symphonies, and as a soloist throughout North America and Europe. Additionally I am an arranger and composer, having written works for choirs, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and songs both classical and popular.
Prior to opening my private practice, I provided music therapy programming at the world renowned W. Ross Macdonald School for the Visually Impaired, Blind, and Deafblind where I established many initiatives, including the WRMS Deafblind Bell Choir, and the creation of an auditory sensory room, that was subsequently replicated at Sensity; Deafblind and Sensory Support Network of Canada). These efforts earned me the 2012 Premier’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Ontario in the Support Staff category.
Formally ADD Music Wellness, Connecting In Rhythm was born out of the first four years of private practice, and essentially understanding how my unique education, experience and skill set can most effectively help people, and how that is also transmitted by our team members. When we connect in rhythm, the possibilites are endless!
As a registered psychotherapist, I uphold the standards put in place by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). The scope of practice of psychotherapy includes the assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional or behavioural disturbances by psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based primarily on verbal or non-verbal communication.