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The Harmony Resource is dedicated to self-care for helping professionals and increasing awareness of the practice of music therapy in mental health care.

About Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC

amibio2Hello, my name is Ami (pronounced ah-me). I am a board certified music therapist, founder of the Harmony Resource, and director of the Harmony Experience, a music therapy program serving individuals and groups in mental health treatment in Southern California.

My music therapy career began in 2006, working full-time at an inpatient psychiatric hospital with clients in schizophrenia and bipolar drug trials, and then on a trauma unit with clients in treatment for trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, PTSD, personality disorders, anxiety, and dissociative disorders. I currently work with individuals in my private practice, and provide music therapy services to residential, inpatient, and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.

I hold a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University. I have also received additional certifications in Yoga Education from Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India, and second degree Reiki from the International Center for Reiki Training. I have been playing guitar for over 15 years with experience in songwriting, performance, and recording.

Some informal facts about me: my favorite band is the Foo Fighters, I was born and raised in Hawaii, I have traveled twice around the world, and I view life as an adventure through love, learning, and connection. Music is my passion, peace is my mission.

About Music Therapy

The American Music Therapy Association defines music therapy as “the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” Music therapists are board-certified practitioners who integrate the power of music with a therapeutic relationship to help people attain an improved experience of life.

For information on the music therapy in mental health care please follow these links:

5 Ways Music Therapy is Used to Improve Mental Health
Music Therapy Fact Sheet and References

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