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About Us

The Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute (PBMTI) is a privately-held Music Therapy practice specializing in developing and implementing music therapy programs for educational, medical and community settings. Trained and certified PBMTI music therapists utilize music to address the physical, psychological, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs of our clients.

PBMTI Mission

PBMTI exists to cultivate health and wellness through music therapy programs, provide a network for music therapists and our supporters, and share relevant music therapy resources worldwide.

Philosophy of Care

PBMTI is committed to compassionate patient-focused care. We believe that the most effective treatment of any illness or condition involves addressing the needs of the ‘whole person.’ Music in a therapeutic context effectively achieves this aim. At PBMTI, we provide music therapy sessions that are designed to meet the specific needs of the individual in multiple areas of functioning. We implement the use of music as a non-threatening platform for therapy, and provide a positive & safe environment for learning, growing, recuperating, and expression.

The goals of The Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute are to increase the quality of life of our patients by:

  • Promoting Overall Wellness through Music
  • Providing Success-Oriented Experiences
  • Facilitating Growth and Development

In accordance with the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) standards of clinical practice, PBMTI develops our programs to address specific goals and objectives, and to document the progress of these goals throughout treatment. We believe that the benefits of music therapy are both observable and measurable.

About the Founder

Catherine Nielsen is a board-certified music therapist, and has clinical experience in music therapy with clients of all ages. With a Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy from Charleston Southern University, in South Carolina, Catherine is proficient in piano, guitar, violin, and voice. Catherine is a credentialed music therapist by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT), and a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), and the Florida Association for Music Therapy (FAMT). Catherine completed her internship training at the largest hospice music therapy program in the nation, Hospice of Palm Beach County.

In addition to music therapy, Catherine has a background in early childhood education. After working for two years as a teacher at a private preschool in Palm Beach County, and after receiving her music therapy credentials, she began the first “Step into Music” program at the school. In founding the Palm Beach Music Therapy Institute, Catherine and her team are able to offer the opportunity for more people to experience the benefits of music therapy by developing high-quality programs for both educational and medical settings, giving presentations to raise awareness of music therapy, and by offering private-consultation services.

“I’ve always loved music, loved helping people, and have had an interest in both medical and educational settings. Music therapy is the medium through which I’m able to make a real difference in the lives of those I’m fortunate enough to work with. The amazing part about music therapy is that everyone can benefit – no matter what age, despite any illness, and regardless of educational level. Music reaches people at the core of who they are, and that’s why it’s such an effective tool in therapy.”

Catherine Nielsen, MT-BC
PBMTI Founder