Tracy Lowe, MA Counselling Psychology, CCC, FAMI
There have been times in my own life when music seemed like my best counsellor. It helped me feel whole and connected to life when everything else seemed to be falling apart. Where words fail, music has been there to express the inexpressible. Through this, I have developed a lifelong interest in the therapeutic power of music. And I have been fortunate enough to study a very unique form of music psychotherapy known as Guided Imagery & Music.
I began volunteering as a counsellor 25 years ago. After working in media for several years, I decided to study Music Therapy at Capilano University where I was awarded several scholarships including the Paul Gallagher Scholarship for Excellence and the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund Scholarship. My interest in music, spirituality and mental health led me inevitably towards Guided Imagery & Music. After finishing my MA in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria, I joined the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association in 2015 and became a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI) in 2016, allowing me to practise as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and an accredited practitioner of GIM – the only GIM accredited counsellor in Victoria. The websites for these professional bodies are below.
What I love about GIM is that it combines the best of old and new, from ancient healing methods involving music and imagery to supporting the principles of neuroplastic change. Counselling, therapy, and even life itself can be very hard work. The gift of music and imagery is that they can help us access resources we never knew we had, glimpse other possibilities and make this work not just bearable but beautiful to experience and fun to do.
Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/
Association for Music & Imagery http://ami-bonnymethod.org/