Nancy Grandits Sabatini, LMHC/ SONGTHERAPEUTICS LLC

MY STORY/ HOW SONGTHERAPEUTICS LLC WAS CREATED

I am a New York State licensed mental health therapist with a private practice located outside Buffalo, New York, specifically  Hamburg, NY since 2013.  I have been practicing within the field of mental health & psychotherapy in the WNY area for the last 25 years &, it has been essentially not only my mission & purpose, but passion!  My practice focuses primarily on individual, family and couples work and since the pandemic started, have been providing online/teletherapy with my clients.  I am always looking for new, creative & effective methods to connect with them.  I am also an ultimate music lover, with it being a consistent, fundamental part of my personal life.  Combining a love for helping others with a love of music is truly an undertaking of joy for me as a therapist, and as a person.  
On an individual basis, I utilize music and song to process my own thoughts and feelings on a regular basis.  It has always made a substantial difference in the quality of my life.  In what I consider a significant “lightbulb” moment with a struggling client several years ago, I thought, music and songs that carry meaningful messages, what a perfect way to connect with people’s emotions and reach them effectively yet so comfortably.  I then started to utilize songs with lyrics within individual therapy sessions.  I chose songs that reflected my client’s struggles, songs they could relate to and would help them process their thoughts & feelings, and put them into words.  When they were unable to express what they felt, the songs made it easier to describe their issues and pain.  And for follow through, they could remember those songs and use them when needed outside of their sessions.  It fit in so well with what I was looking for.  On a professional basis, I found the results to be quite a remarkable tool to reach and assist them, as their therapist.  Thus, I began offering it consistently to those clients who I deemed appropriate, and were interested, & enjoyed using music within their therapy sessions.  I subsequently received ongoing, positive feedback from them about the process, and how much they felt it made a difference. 

As time went on, based on these successful results, I really started seriously thinking about all the benefits of recommending songs with meaningful lyrical messages and themes to everyone, even if they were not receiving counseling therapy.  Couldn’t everyone benefit from this helpful, enlightening, information and self-discovery?  Hence, as the name implies, the Songtherapeutics concept was born!  It has become a major focus for me since then.  Today, we all need ongoing positive, proactive, comforting messages & life lessons, whether we are involved in a therapy journey or not.  Especially now, 2020, the year of the worldwide Covid pandemic health crisis.  We all continue to need unwaivering faith and hope.  We need encouragement to keep going, to believe better things are ahead.  We need to stay in tune with our emotions.  We need to stay strong and never give up.  The multiple benefits of the musical experience cannot be denied.  Who doesn’t want to attempt to understand or make things better in their life? What have we got to lose? One extremely efficient, yet easy, vehicle available to provide it, is undoubtedly, music and song!  Be open minded, reflect, listen, process, heal, learn…and as we do it, let’s all enjoy this musical ride!!!

For more information on Nancy’s private practice, please go to her therapy webpage, wnyomnicounseling.com

*Comments:  nancygs@songtherapeutics.com

Special thanks & appreciation to the following individuals for their ongoing advice & consult as well as support & encouragement helping me to make Songtherapeutics.com a reality: Larry Van Deusen, Les Greenbaum, Robert Long, Steve Tyndall, Nick Ingrassia, Jeff Miers, and Thomas Mariano.  Songtherapeutics is dedicated wth love to my wonderful Mom, Helen Wiles Grandits, who passed away this past spring.  She is my forever inspiration as I write my thoughts here, and remains in my heart, soul, and being, every day.  

                                  And, especially…THANK YOU to all who create the gift of music and song, and bring it into our lives everyday !

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