(Day 0: Picture taken by a patient who were receiving bone marrow transplant)

Nami Yoshihara, MS, MT-BC

Fellow of Association for Music and Imagery

Nami is a board certified music therapist, who received her Master’s degree from Radford University in Radford, VA. Her supervised training experiences include skilled nursing facility, school transition program, after school program, and community-based psychiatric facility. Her 6-month clinical internship was completed at the Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, AZ, where she served patients in bone marrow transplant (BMT) unit, oncology, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), psychiatric unit, rehabilitation unit, pre and post surgical, and maternity. For her Master’s thesis, titles as “Japanese Wives and Mothers and Acculturation: Music Therapy as Treatment and Prevention of Acculturative Stress,” she researched the effects of acculturation and its effects in depth. With this experience, she hopes to assist foreign population in Japan with their transition from one culture to another.

During her Master’s program, she started her training of the Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). GIM is a psychotherapy modality that combines the power of music and the power of imagery to explore within. Nami is qualified as a fellow of Association for Music and Imagery. There are only a few fellows in Japan and she is on her mission to spread knowledge of GIM.

Currently, she works at Totsuka Sumire kindergarten in Yokohama and offers in-class music therapy services to children aged from 3 to 6. She also facilities groups for older adults in residencial setting. She established Musicure in order to serve more populations in Tokyo and Yokohama area with music therapy and GIM. Please feel free to contact the therapist if you have any questions.