(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 (FAMI)

Nami is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), 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 form of music psychotherapy that combines the power of music and imagery to explore inner space of individuals. Nami is a qualified GIM therapist called a fellow of Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI). She has worked with many populations in this method. The challenges of clients include as follows:

  • Every day issues
  • Stress, pressure
  • Depression/Anxiety/ Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Relationship issues
  • Childhood, physical, sexual, emotional abuse/ Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)
  • Grief/ Loss
  • Divorce, Life transitions
  • Performance anxiety

Currently, Nami is working toward her PhD degree in music therapy at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. But she locates in Yokohama, Japan and provides music therapy and GIM in her private practice.