Martha is a graduate of the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner (CTHP), which is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. Harp Therapy/live harp music effects positive changes in emotional, physical, mental, and/or spiritual functioning of individuals with health problems. These problems could include pain, stress, anxiety, and depression. Martha is currently working bedside with rehabilitation, complex continuing care, and palliative care patients, Alzheimer’s and Dementia illnesses and with various mental health issues in an institutional environment. She also facilitates interactive group programs through long term care, nursing and retirement residences.
Upon assessing her client/patient, she works to individualise each musical session meeting the wants and needs of the individual, by designing a soothing musical experience to enhance quality of life, with her harp. Martha has experience playing for hundreds of patients/clients which has promoted the development of various therapeutic styles, in which she can adapt, in the moment to different situations. Playing bedside or as a group facilitator, Martha is competent with her extensive range of repertoire, as well as incorporating other instruments and song, to help engage the client if warranted.
Martha has worked as a volunteer both musically and as a caregiver from a very early age. She is now involved with the IHTP both as a mentor for newly enrolled students through to certification and as supervisor of internships in Toronto. Martha facilitates self-healing harp circles, teaches privately, offers Skype lessons through IHTP, and continues to promote Harp Therapy as a therapeutic modality presenting workshops throughout the city.
Musically, Martha began piano at age 6, played cello in various ensembles, and began studying harp at age 10. She studied with Marie Lorcini from the Montreal Symphony, which lead her to study further at the Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario. Martha has taught both harp and piano privately. She has played harp professionally for many years, and affiliations included the London Symphony Orchestra, Theatre London, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Blyth Festival Theatre.