My Voice Music offers sliding-scale individual and family therapy in a private office at our studio space at 3520 SE Yamhill St in Portland. Sessions are accessible to all regardless of income or background.
To book a session please contact Monica at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 358-0318.
Areas of special interest include but are not limited to:
Children • Adolescents • Couples • Families • Groups • Women’s Issues • LGBTQIA Issues • Sex Therapy • Chronic Illness & Disease • Attachment Injuries • Trauma • Grief • Depression • Anxiety • Anger • Bereavement & Loss
Monica Metzler, MFT Licensed Therapist Intern
Since 2014 I’ve been with MVM as the Outreach Program Coordinator and Program Leader. I run many of the “Music-In-Therapy” (MIT) groups in residential treatment centers, where I work with youth who are recovering from trauma. I use music as a therapeutic tool to help folks transform difficult emotions and trauma into a positive and empowering experience. I believe process work, such as art and music, can lead to agency and a better sense of self through emotional and spiritual healing. At MVM, I’ve had the opportunity to develop and facilitate programs for many underserved populations including unaccompanied Latinx youth seeking refugee status in the U.S., youth and families in bereavement, and teenage girls recovering from commercial sexual exploitation.
I received my graduate training in counseling from Lewis & Clark and I’m a licensed Marriage, Child, and Family Therapist Intern in the State of Oregon. I specialize in Expressive Arts Therapy using music, art, and play therapy in conjunction with talk therapy. I have clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and families at Lewis & Clark Community Counseling Center, OHSU’s Novel Interventions in Children’s Health Care (NICH), and the Secure Children’s Inpatient Program (SCIP) at Trillium Family Services. I am committed to social justice and to working with underserved populations.
I’m also a life-long musician, performer, singer-songwriter, and producer with years of experience as a facilitator, advocate, and mentor to youth and families in the Portland community. I’ve worked for organizations including Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Ethos Music, Youth Music Project, and Children’s Cancer Association creating unique music programs for youth and families in crisis. I’m also a part of Spirit House Records- an indie record label for free spirits- where I continue to release music under, Forest Veil. My passions include songwriting, musical theatre, outdoor activities, biking, poetry, recording, and performing.
I believe that living in optimal health and well-being is possible for everyone, regardless of the trauma or pain you may be experiencing. I view you as someone who has powerful gifts to offer the world and all the tools within- to transform, heal, and empower yourself. As a therapist, I focus on resilience and strength-based practices with an emphasis on Expressive Arts. I often use art and music interventions to help clients process unresolved emotions and experiences. I respect each individual’s autonomy, while also recognizing the dynamic ways that family systems, society, and culture shape us. I will assist you in finding your own solutions and working to shift negative behaviors that affect your relationship to self and to others. I highly value accepting who we are, exactly as we are, in the moment. Healing is a unique journey, and my role as a therapist is to support your process, by providing a safe space where you can confront pain and suffering, and learn new ways to cope and thrive. I often enhance therapy with a variety of techniques and perspectives, which may include, but are not limited to:
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Narrative Therapy
• Solutions-Focused Therapy
• Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Family of Origin Relationships (Bowenism)
• Mind/Body Connection – What is your body trying to tell you?
• Expressive Arts Modalities (Music, Poetry, Drawing/Painting, etc)
• Power Dynamics and Systems of Oppression and Privilege
• Skills Training
• Therapeutic Rituals
• Radical Acceptance