Board-Certified Music Therapist
In-Home Primary Therapist
Elk River Site Lead
Enthusiastic and sincerely driven to meet each of her client's needs, Danae provides a rich and welcoming therapeutic experience to her clients and families in their homes, at our Elk River session space, and while working with our partner organizations. We look forward to seeing what she can do for you and your loved one through our music therapy services!
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Danae graduated with a Music degree in Music Therapy at Appalachian State University in North Carolina and completed her clinical internship training at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Upon completion, she moved back to the Midwest to begin her career as a music therapist and to be closer to her family. Danae has piano, guitar, and vocal experience and regularly incorporates songwriting and improvisation when working with her clients and families.
In review of her clinical experiences, Danae has provided music therapy services to a diverse range of clients - from infants to adults in both the hospital and in-home settings. Specifically, her experiences have consisted of working with infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit who were withdrawing from opioids, hospitalized children who required additional support in approaching procedures/surgery and for symptom management, cystic fibrosis, blood disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health concerns and disturbances, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental delays. She also has experience with at-risk youth and individuals and families in bereavement.
From the beginning, Danae has sung her whole life, singing for weddings and solos for elementary school concerts. After reading a description of music therapy during her first year of college, Danae moved across the country to pursue a degree in music therapy. She was drawn to the profession as she saw the value in music, and discovered through her own experiences that it can have a profound effect on healing and self-discovery. Through music therapy, Danae has been able to combine her love of music with her love of helping others. She enjoys utilizing music as a medium to empowering others to heal and grow in a way that works for the individual and any unique family system. In her free time, Danae enjoys singing for weddings, dancing, hula hooping, traveling, spending time with her friends and family, and participating in outdoor adventures.
Danae is a wonder gal! Kind hearted, soft spoken. She connected with my teen daughter on day one. This is huge! Our daughter enjoys Danae's company so much that she calls her sessions "music lessons." It has really opened her soul to SING and not be so timid in doing so. She always enjoyed music, but being hands on with music has brought her love of it to a more positive level. I can see this affecting her for the rest of her life in the most positive way! Of many therapies we go to, this one is so enjoyable! Thank you! We are so glad Danae joined this already amazing group!