Abigail Landreth is the newest board-certified music therapist at Paradigm Health, beginning her work with Paradigm in February 2018. She graduated from University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in classical voice. She later completed a post baccalaureate equivalency program in music therapy at Cleveland State University.
During her time at Cleveland State, Abigail had the opportunity to work with many populations including older adults with dementia, and with children and teenagers with developmental disabilities. She also had the opportunity to co-treat with a speech and language pathologist for a semester. While completing her final semester, Abigail served as student representative for the Association of Ohio Music Therapists. Following her completion of her internship, Abigail attended music therapy training in Thailand organized by The Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.
Abigail’s principle instrument is voice, but she accompanies herself with guitar, piano, ukulele, reverie harp, and six-string banjo. She incorporates these and a variety of other instruments in her sessions, as appropriate, to address her client’s varying goals such as distracting from pain, decreasing anxiety, promoting relaxation, increasing socialization, supporting independence, improving mood, facilitating life review, and creating legacy projects for loved ones.
Abigail believes in a humanistic approach to music therapy and works to address the patient as a whole, collaborating with patients, their interdisciplinary team, caregivers, and family members, to best navigate a patient’s end of life care.