Working with change

This summer seems to be all about working up to slowing down. Because I am now seven months pregnant, I am focusing on scheduling clients and determining whether or not they’ll have a substitute music therapist in my absence. Some of my clients prefer to continue therapy with the substitute, and some do not. I leave this decision up to the parents and caregivers of my clients.

I am surprised that with my upcoming schedule change and lifestyle shift, I am nevertheless generating all kinds of ideas for the business and my work in music therapy. I wonder if this is because I am having trouble recognizing that I simply cannot, and should not, take on anything new at this point. I have a fear that my professional identity will be lost somehow. So, I was relieved that another music therapist in a similar situation addressed this “down time,” as she put it. You can find Michelle Erfurt’s posts about this subject here and here. I was happy to come across this relevant (to me, at least) writing.

One Reply to “Working with change”

  1. It’s so nice to hear that you connected with my posts, Erin. I found that my identity was tied up in music therapy work so when I wasn’t working I felt really bummed. But, then when another non-working downtime popped up, I didn’t feel bummed… I guess that just means that I learned from the first time.
    I just posted some resources for staying in touch with music therapy on the blog too. (Find it here:
    Congrats on your baby! What a wonderful blessing! 🙂

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