Asako Kando

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" Life challenges that you face cannot always be put into words. In music therapy, however, your innate musicality and creativity encourages you to reconnect with yourself emotionally, physically, culturally and spiritually through strength-based, participatory and self-empowering ways. 

Purposefully using the evidence-based aspects of music, integrating the current practices in trauma-informed cares, I support your journey in exploring yourself, fostering the connection and resilience, enriching your self-esteem, coping with stresses, navigating the challenges, and enhancing the holistic understanding of yourself. 

I work with children, teens, adults, couples, and families with diverse backgrounds. Specifically, I have been working with individuals in transition/cultural conflicts, and those in LGBTTQQIP2SAA/BIPOC communities. I’m also supporting creatives to strive in their creative journey. Difficulties related to hormonal wellbeing during the perinatal period and change of life (menopause) is another area that I focus on. 

My passion for anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally-centered work stems from my own experiences in different countries (Egypt, India, Italy, and Japan) as a visible minority, during which I studied, worked, married, gave birth to children, parented, temporarily single parented, rebuilt a career, and pursued a new career. 

Let’s take back control of your life. I am here to help you not just survive, but thrive. Sessions will be designed together with you incorporating your needs, values, preferences, and opinions. No musical skills are required. Everyone can benefit from music therapy.

Please feel free to contact me, and visit my website as well for events, workshops, and resources.

Language(s):

English, Japanese

Ethnicity/Race:

Japanese/Asian

Gender:

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Telephone number:

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Non-binary

Yes

No

514-240-3787

Provides services for:

Youth (ages 14-24), Adult (ages 25-64), Older adult (65 and up), Couple, Family

Needs/experiences:

Alzheimer's, Anxiety, Chronic Illness and/or Pain, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Emotional Issues and Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Life and/or Work Coaching, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Racial Identity, Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum, Relationship Issues, School Issues, Self Esteem, Sexual Violence, Sexuality and Gender Issues, Sleep or Insomnia, Spirituality, Sports Performance, Stress, Transgender Issues, Trauma and PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Immigration

Treatment approaches:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment-based, Culturally Sensitive, Coaching, Dialectical (DBT), Expressive Arts, Humanistic, Feminist, Integrative, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Humanistic, Mindfulness-Based (MBCT), Person-Centered, Play Therapy, Positive Psychology, Somatic, Strength-Based, Trauma Focused, LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapies/Support

Services located at a fixed address:

No

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Accessible facilities the space offers:

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Offers services remotely:

Yes

Range of hourly rate:

$90-$130

Methods of payment accepted:

E-transfer, Cash, Cheque, PayPal

Mandates / coverage you accepted:

N/A

Offers a sliding scale payment option:

Yes

Services can be covered insurance:

Yes

Accepts barter/trades as a payment option:

No

Offers attestation letters for trans individuals:

Yes

Profession(s) regulated by an order/requiring a permit:

N/A

Permit number(s):

N/A

Profession(s) not regulated by an order/requiring a permit:

Music therapist

Member of association(s):

Quebec Association for Music Therapy, Canadian Association of Music Therapists