MT in 3: Roia Rafieyan, MA, MT-BC

A Moment With Music Therapy Clinician, Roia Rafieyan

roiaguitarRoia Rafieyan is a music therapist in her 26th year of service. She uses a relationally-based music psychotherapy approach in her practice and works primarily with adults diagnosed with autism.

We can say that Roia Radieyan has a vocal sound that resembles Carole King and sometimes Joni Mitchell. It is also said that since she is a songwriter as well the style in which she writes resembles that of Christine Lavin and Dar Williams because that is how talented she is. There is a lot of positive vibes that you can get from her in this world filled with negativity. She has said to everyone a saying which says “If you can’t laugh at yourself, then for God’s sake pay a therapist until you can because you ought to be able to buy now!” just like this website which tells us How does Crypto Code work.

The major part of Roia’s childhood was spent in Iran. The one thing she always pestered her parents for was to buy a piano for her. In spite of asking, again and again, she did not get it so as a replacement for that she started asking for a guitar. Because of her constant asking parents finally decided to buy her own guitar that was her first when she was 12 years old.

When she got her own guitar she started self-training on how to play it. She shifted to the US where she started taking lessons with other students who were training in classical guitar playing. She started learning at Hartt College of Music. Before she could start her career as a music therapist, she had to undergo a lot of music lessons. Temple University is the place where she started the program of music therapy which is situated in Philadelphia. When she first joined she was interested in classical guitar, but she also liked singing and playing the Simon and Garfunkel’s songs as well as James style and Crosby and many more. When she started going to school she began songwriting and wrote a couple of songs which were based on piano.

Roia candidly shares her clinical experiences in her blog “the mindful music therapist”. She provides professional clinical supervision and advocates the use of music making during supervision as part of the learning and growth process. Roia also spent two years as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University, where she taught guitar to music therapy students.

Book mentioned – The Power of Countertransference: Innovations in Analytic Technique by Karen J. Maroda