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Meet Stacie Aamon Yeldell of Stacie Aamon International in Venice Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacie Aamon Yeldell.

Stacie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I have been a musician since I was a child – I started playing the cello at age 7. I also wrote song lyrics – which eventually became rap songs -in response to being bullied in school. By the age of 16, I was on stage and had my first record contract as a hip-hop artist. After a few record deals fell through no fault of my own, I was broken-hearted and lost. In the midst of this darkness, I heard about a Master’s Degree Program in Music Therapy at NYU and thought I would give it a shot. In 2003, I applied and was accepted. My whole world changed. I began the healing process from a decade of invalidation and creative trauma in the music industry. I also learned the true power of music as a healing modality and most importantly, learned how to utilize music as a clinical tool in my own life and in the lives of others.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I once heard someone say, “smooth road, no growth. Crooked road, you grow.” The music business almost destroyed me. Gratefully, I began therapy once I got into the Music Therapy graduate program, but there was a lot to unpack after years of giving my power away to a business that is controlled by a handful of people. I spent years healing and rescuing myself, learning how to love myself and self-validate. Business-wise, once I became a music therapist, there was the challenge of becoming an entrepreneur and building my own business from scratch. One of the biggest obstacles I still face while building my business is the resistance and skepticism regarding music therapy as a legitimate healing modality. Thankfully, there is more and more research emerging to support the validity of music therapy.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Stacie Aamon International – what should we know?
I am a board certified music psychotherapist and I have worked with many populations throughout my 10+ years as a therapist: mental health/psychiatry, at-risk youth, pediatric medicine, homeless/HIV, to name a few.

My current focus is building, creating and crafting customized music therapy programs for organizations, including treatment centers and non-profits. I currently facilitate music therapy groups at a number of drug and alcohol treatment centers in the Los Angeles Area. I also have a private practice and see clients on an individual basis.

What I am most proud of is how I am evolving into an Innovator, Visionary and Pioneer, by creating a niche in the health/wellness field. I feel like the market has become oversaturated with gimmicks and get-better-quick schemes promising microwave-enlightenment. Spiritual “bypassing” has become rampant in a society that fixates on immediate gratification and the denial or repression of unpleasant emotions in pursuit of the “high” of “enlightenment” or “bliss”.

What sets me and my business apart is firstly – music therapy is Process-Oriented. It encourages us and gives us the courage to go within and explore our emotional and psychological realms, without “bypassing”. The effectiveness of music therapy lies within its uncanny ability to bypass the natural defense mechanisms of the mind, allowing each person to discover and heal unconscious negative patterns. In turn, individuals can create more self-awareness, insight and develop emotional regulation tools. By engaging in therapeutic musical interventions, a client can experience treatment in a non-threatening way, within the safe container that music inherently provides.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
The Courage to Change and a solid, daily Spiritual Practice. My ground zero is: “I can’t guide a client anywhere where I haven’t already been.” I MUST continually do my own inner work and maintain my own emotional sobriety, as well as energetic and psychological hygiene. My outer world is merely an out-picturing of my inner world, so I create success in my life by tending to my inner world – my perceptions, my thoughts – to all that shapes my reality.

Oftentimes, I have a challenge/breakthrough in my own personal life and then that issue becomes my talking/teaching point in my groups and sessions, in real time.

There is a symbiotic, cyclical and reciprocal process that occurs in the teaching/healing space and it is absolutely free of hierarchy. I am teacher/student; healer/healee, simultaneously.

Pricing:

  • 3-month package (Bi-monthly sessions+weekly check-in): $2000
  • 3-month intensive package (Weekly sessions+weekly check-ins): $4000
  • 6-month intensive package (Weekly sessions+weekly check-ins) : $7000
  • For organizations: Customized 10-week music therapy program: $5000

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Image Credit:

Petra Kovacs
Jose Mamede
House of Bliss

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