Press release submitted by the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Raber as a Clinical Care Specialist and Music Therapist. Erin Raber, a recent Healing Garden intern who completed a Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Music Therapy in May 2021, joined the Healing Garden clinical staff on June 15th! Erin will lead several support groups, provide music therapy groups and individual sessions, and will be available for short-term individual counseling for clients new to the Healing Garden.
Erin Raber. (Courtesy photo)
Erin is a music therapist, clinical mental health counselor, and certified sound healing practitioner based in Boston, MA. Erin’s expressive, voice-based music therapy approach combines theories and ideas from transpersonal and psychodynamic frameworks and ancient and modern music and sound healing techniques from a variety of Indigenous and non-Western cultures. She has also received accreditation through the California Institute of Integral Studies in Sound, Voice, and Music Healing and the Vox Mundi School of Sound and the Voice, and vocal training at the California Jazz Conservatory.
“I am so excited to join the staff at the Healing Garden and to begin this chapter of my career at an organization that provides compassionate, integrative care for people with a cancer diagnosis, and understands and values the importance of music therapy in cancer care. It has been such a joy and honor to work with Healing Garden clients, and I am so grateful I get to continue this work.” said Erin Raber.
About the Healing Garden
The Healing Garden is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and supportive, integrative therapeutic services, programs, and classes for all those affected by cancer. Clients and caregivers come from over 165 of the towns and cities in the Commonwealth. The Healing Garden provides high quality, evidence-based therapies in a magnificent healing environment, located on eight acres of lovingly created gardens on a wooded hillside in Harvard, Massachusetts. Here, without reminders of the disease and medical interventions, clients can begin treatments feeling calmer and supported. We offer, a community of others to share in the journey, counseling and support groups, mind-body medicine for symptom management, stress reduction and restoration of wellness, education about choices that contribute to health and healing, such as nutritional education, exercise, and mindfulness, expressive therapies as an alternative to talk therapy for processing/releasing emotions, programs, and services to help regain control in life, both during and after medical treatment. For a detailed description of the various modalities of care and their contributions to healing, visit healinggardensupport.org or contact us at 978.456.3532.