Recurring Music Therapist Support & Debrief Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays
6pm Mountain Time
Led by Anastasia Canfield, MM, MT-BC, RP
If you are interested in joining us, but are not a current CAMT member, that's ok! Send an email to for an invitation!
Group Leader's Bio:
Anastasia Canfield, MM, MT-BC, RP, hails from Texas, but has found a new home in Colorado, where she has lived since 2013. She is a master’s level board-certified music therapist and registered psychotherapist having earned her first master’s degree in neurologic music therapy from Colorado State University in 2016. Her studies encompassed a broad overview of music therapy with all populations, but Anastasia pursued extra clinical hours working in schools and mental health clinics to emphasize her interest in psychiatric music therapy. Her master’s research focused on music therapy with a child with an emotional disability in a specialized classroom. Anastasia has worked as a music therapist for nearly five years, offering individual and group services addressing a variety of individualized goals at facilities and private practices such as Highlands Behavioral Health System, Rocky Mountain Music Therapy, and the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan. She specializes in music therapy with mental health populations across the lifespan, as well as children and young adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders. Anastasia is currently completing her clinical training at Brightside Counseling as an intern under Dr. Angela Schubert, PhD, LPC, while she pursues her second master’s degree, Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University, to earn dual licensure as a board-certified music therapist and a licensed professional counselor.
During her previous work as a music therapist in hospital and private practice settings, she worked with children through older adults with various mental health difficulties ranging from situational depression, chemical dependency, and anxiety disorders to severe and persistent mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, and dissociative identity disorder. Anastasia offered groups and individual music therapy addressing goals relevant and specific to participants’ lives through experiences such as expressive songwriting, supportive risk taking through percussion improvisation, group cohesion and trust through active music-making, insight discovery through song discussion/analysis, and music-guided relaxation strategies. She subscribes to a trauma-informed and humanistic approach to therapy, believing that all humans have worth, and with careful intention and guidance, can improve their mental health and wellbeing.
Anastasia serves as treasurer for the Colorado Association for Music Therapy and is an avid conference attendee and presenter; she has presented student passages sessions, concurrent lecture sessions, and continuing music therapy education courses on a variety of topics including, but not limited to impostor syndrome in music therapy students, professionals, and healthcare professionals; cultural competence in music therapy; and the neurobiology and neurochemistry of music relevant to clinical application.
Anastasia prefers to remain busy and craves learning, but in her limited free time she enjoys hiking, attending concerts, playing with her acoustic duo, Still, We Rise, and her ska band, Then I Fly, spending time with her dog and cat, Bane and Jaina, gardening, and reading.
MA, Mental Health Counseling – Northwestern University (in progress, anticipated graduation September 2020)
Graduate Certificate: Psychology of Leadership – Cornell University (2019)
MM, Neurologic Music Therapy – Colorado State University (2016)
BA, Music – Texas Woman’s University (2013)
Licenses and Certifications
Registered Psychotherapist (NLC.0107796)
Board-Certified Music Therapist (12291)
Psychological First Aid
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (American Heart Association | American Stroke Association)
Crisis Prevention Institute: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NC99D712)