Orange Coast Music Therapy - "Music is what feelings sound like..."
Welcome to
Orange Coast Music Therapy
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC
 Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow
ph.  (949)496-1756

Welcome to our page. My life has always been filled with music. It has spoken to AND for me, soothed me and helped me connect with others.  I am passionate about helping others through the powerful tool of music.
Enjoy our site.  We would like to help you find your better self through making music.                      -Karen Skipper

       Orange Coast Music Therapy offers:

  • Group music therapy sessions
  • Individual music therapy sessions
  • Health Rhythms group drumming protocol
  • Educational seminars and inservice (Contact Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT for a list of topics)

In honor of World Alzheimer's Day, an inspiring interview with Kim Campbell about being a caregiver for her husband, legendary country music star, Glen Campbell.

***On the "Slide Show" Page***
South OC Tremble Clefs "Star Spangled Concert" excerpt.

Meet Our Therapists

Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT Fellow,owner/administrator, is a Board Certified Music Therapist who has maintained a thriving private music therapy practice in Orange County for 30 years.  She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association, a fellow of the Robert F. Unkefer Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy and holds certification with the Certification Board for Music Therapists.  Ms. Skipper has vast experience with geriatric clients including diagnoses of Alzheimers disease, CVA, Parkinsons disease and depression.  She has also worked with people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury, learning disabilities, psychiatric disorders and persons on the autism spectrum. Karen's advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy gives her specialized expertise in the use of music to address neurologic issues such as CVA, Parkinson's disease and traumatic brain injury. Karen is a sought after speaker at educational seminars, conventions, service clubs, support groups and hospitals on a variety of topics relating to music therapy and conditions of the elderly. 
Karen M. Skipper, MT-BC, NMT believes that anybody can benefit from making music. 

Kaitlin Morrill
Music Therapy Intern
Kaitlin is a SoCal resident who just finished up her music therapy course work at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ.  
Her major instrument was flute, but Kaitlin also plays guitar and sings.  After completion of a 1200 hour internship, she will be eligible to sit for the national Music Therapy Board Certification Exam.

Natalie Rodriguez, MSW,
received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts at Citrus College, followed by her Bachelors in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, and a Masters Degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. With an Equivalency Degree in Music Therapy from Chapman University, she uses music as a therapeutic intervention for children in need and the elderly with Alzheimer's and Dementia. She is a current member of the Yoga Alliance and a 200hr registered Yoga Teacher.   Natalie has had two years of clinical experience as a Social Work Intern, during which time she had the opportunity to work with several populations, providing social services and counseling.  Natalie has also had the opportunity to work with several individuals and groups who have diverse needs, in a variety of music therapy settings and is a member of the AMTA (American Music Therapy Association).

Vicki Hurst, MT-BC, is passionate about the use of music in healing.  She specializes in the use of music in combination with yoga to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness.  Her music and yoga programs can be adapted for any age group from children to geriatrics.Additionally, Vicki uses a variety of musical mediums to help clients, young or old, to achieve therapeutic goals.  She incorporates movement, drumming, singing and the use of a variety of instruments to find the appropriate tool to help each individual client.She also has experience in teaching adaptive piano and has maintained an instructional studio for 20 years. 

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