Why I Am A Music Therapist: Allison Echard

At A Place To Be, we work everyday to help people with disabilities, medical and mental health struggles face, navigate and overcome life's challenges using the clinically-based practices of music therapy and expressive arts therapy. Our Board-Certified therapists create individualized plans to achieve therapeutic goals and discover unrealized potential all in a supportive, engaging and fun environment.

Our “Why I Am A Music Therapist” video and blog series captures the passion and driving inspiration behind the work. In this edition of “Why I Am a Music Therapist”, Allison discusses the most intimate role of music in the hospital setting, as a family says goodbye to their loved one.

Allison Echard, MMT BT-BC is a board-certified music therapist, born and raised in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University. Allison began her clinical training at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio where she worked with patients and families on all medical units, inpatient and residential psychiatric units, and patients receiving in-home hospice and palliative care.