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Awake in Wellness
We believe in holistic therapy, which is characterized by acknowledging and caring for the needs of each individual as a whole person while treating expressed symptoms.

We strive to enrich the lives of others by creating an excellent environment for individuals to grow and thrive through music therapy.

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What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is the therapeutic use of music to address non-musical goals. It is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.Through active participation in therapeutic music experiences, clients’ abilities are strengthened and transferred to other areas of their lives. Music therapy provides avenues for communication that can be helpful to those who find it difficult to express themselves in words.

Research in music therapy supports its effectiveness in many areas, such as…

  • Overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating movement
  • Increasing people’s motivation to become engaged in their treatment
  • Providing emotional support for clients and their families
  • Providing an outlet for expression of feelings

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Who is Music Therapy For?

Music therapy can support individuals of all stages and abilities through active participation in therapeutic music experiences. There is no need for prior musical education, as the music therapist will facilitate meaningful individual experiences based on age, stage, and abilities.

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How Music Therapy Helps

"(Music therapy) can make the difference between withdrawal and awareness, between isolation and interaction, between chronic pain and comfort -- between demoralization and dignity." ~ Barbara Crowe
We use music to address physical, emotional, cognitive, social, communication, and behavioral needs of individuals. Below are common goals we address through music therapy.

Motor & Physical

Goals addressed:
Range of motion · Bilateral coordination · Motor planning · Gross motor skills · Fine motor skills · Balance

Common interventions include:

  • Patterned Sensory Enhancement (PSE)
  • Therapeutic Instrumental Performance (TIMP)
  • Rhythmic Auditory Stimulation (RAS)


Goals addressed:
Developing music skills for leisure time · Skills to gain access to community music group opportunities

Common interventions include:

  • Adaptive instrument lessons (guitar, piano)
  • Composing
  • Music theory basics


Goals addressed:
Attention · Memory · Reality orientation · Awareness · Pre-academics (colors, shapes, numbers, etc.) · Academics (math, reading, etc.) · Spatial awareness

Common interventions include:

  • Musical Sensory Orientation Training (MSOT)
  • Musical Neglect Training (MNT)
  • Auditory Perception Training (APT)
  • Musical Attention and Control Training (MACT)
  • Musical Mnemonics Training (MMT)
  • Echoic Memory Training (MEM)
  • Associative Mood and Memory Training (AMMT)
  • Musical Executive Function Training (MEFT)

Social & Emotional

Goals addressed:
Social skills · Sharing · Turn-taking · Eye contact · Greetings · Listening · Waiting · Leadership · Following directions · Emotional expression · Emotional regulation · Self-esteem · Peer interactions

Common interventions include:

  • Music Psychotherapy and Counseling (MPC)
  • Songwriting
  • Social stories
  • Therapeutic Instrumental Performance (as it relates to expression)
  • Improvisation (Instrumental or Vocal)
  • Associative Mood and Memory Training (AMMT)


Goals addressed:

Coping skills · Identifying emotions · Regulating emotions · Relaxation techniques · Nonverbal forms of expression · Grounding techniques · Social skills to facilitate appropriate intimacy and support

Common interventions include:

  • Songwriting/Composing
  • Instrument playing
  • Singing/Vocalizations
  • Integration and movement with music
  • Lyric analysis


Goals addressed:
Tolerance of change · Appropriate behavior · Positive interactions · Impulse control

Common interventions include:

  • Musical Mnemonics Training (MMT)
  • Social Stories

Speech & Communication

Goals addressed:
Speech production (articulation, phonation, breath support) · Neurological development of speech · Supporting use of alternative communication aids · Appropriate conversation skills (turn taking, listening, responding) · Interpreting facial expressions

Common interventions include:

  • Melodic Intonation therapy (MIT)
  • Musical Speech Stimulation (MUSTIM)
  • Vocal Intonation Therapy (VIT)
  • Rhythmic Speech Cuing (RSC)
  • Oral Motor Respiratory Exercises (OMREX)
  • Therapeutic Singing (TS)
  • Developmental Speech and Language Training through Music (DSLM)
  • Symbolic Communication Training through Music (SYCOM)

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  • "We started working with Awake in Wellness awhile back as my daughter wanted to learn to play the violin. Jess became a huge part of our lives. I highly recommend Awake in Wellness for your music needs as Jess simply is the best! I give Jess five stars! Thank you Jess for all you do! We appreciate you!"
  • "My son loves going to music therapy with Jessica. She is great at connecting with him, always enthusiastic and encouraging. I love that she incorporates our belief and faith into her therapy when she can. She is really wonderful to work with."

  • "Jessica has been nothing short of an angel. My son has special needs and her ability to communicate and work with him as been a pleasure to witness. She has such a kind soul and pure heart. She has amazing energy. I am over the moon with the services Jessica has provided my son. 10/10 would recommend."

  • "My almost 3-year-old twins, one with Cerebral Palsy and the other with Sensory Processing Disorder, look forward to seeing Jessica every week! All of my children’s therapy goals are incorporated in a fun and engaging environment, and many of the activities taught can be done at home throughout the week. It has been one of our favorite forms of therapy!"

Our Process

  • Complimentary Call:

    We’ll get to know each other and determine if it’s a right fit.

  • Package Creation:

    Shortly following the Complimentary Call, Jessica will provide you with a therapy package designed specifically for the needs discussed during the call.

  • Interview and Intake:

    We’ll spend time diving into your story and clarifying what brought you here and where you want to go. At this appointment, we will review the intake paperwork and check that off the list before beginning therapy.

  • Hands-On Assessment:

    The client will meet with a qualified music therapist that will take the time to assess the strengths and needs of each client. This finalized assessment will be available to parents on the portal (discussed during intake).

  • Individualized Treatment:

    The qualified music therapist will provide therapy treatment.

  • Generalization Process:

    Once the client has mastered a skill, we generalize it into everyday life.

  • Re-assessment + Ongoing Support:

    We check in and determine what skills we’ve mastered and what skills we can continue to work on. From here, we determine additional treatment or how we can continue to support the client.

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We are an evidence-based private practice. We are committed to staying current on research related to music therapy and using that research to guide clinical practice.

At Awake In Wellness, we go above and beyond to get to know our clients and their story – and that’s what sets us apart. We create impact and results in our clients’ lives by doing what we love; actively participating in music therapy.

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Is Music Therapy Right for Your Loved One?

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Our approach is different. We’re music-inspired and goal-focused. We believe in a whole being approach where we care for your child as a whole person rather than treating expressed symptoms. We do this by getting to know your child’s story, understanding what makes them unique, and determining attainable goals that increase their overall wellness.

Whether your child loves music or is brand new to it, they’ll be sure to find the support they need through active participation.

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Meet Jessica

Jessica DittyJessica Ditty, founder of Awake In Wellness Music Therapy, is a Certified Music Therapist with a heart for serving others through her work. Music has been an essential piece of Jessica’s life for as long as she can remember. It served as her own therapy during health issues and big life transitions and inspired passion within her faith. Today, she’s made a career by helping others do the same.

Awake In Wellness

Jessica’s passion for awakening areas of her clients’ lives grew into Awake In Wellness Music Therapy and continues to shine through every day. Whether it be a social skill, anxiety, trauma, or developmental delays, Jessica uses the power of music to access and reach those darkened areas and awaken them to the light!

Jessica is the single parent of two amazing young kiddos! She loves spending time with family, drinking coffee in the morning, having game nights with her children, exploring Colorado, and reading a book at sunset. Aside from music, Jessica loves writing and publishing articles, blogs, and books.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
-Hans Christian Anderson

Jessica’s “Note-Able” Credentials

  • Current member of the American Association for Music Therapy (AMTA)
  • Current member of The Colorado Association of Music Therapy (CAMT)
  • Current Neurological Music Therapy Affiliate through the Robert F. Unkefer of Neurologic Music Therapy
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Colorado State University in 2013
  • Advanced training in Neurologic Music Therapy at the Robert F Unkefer Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy in 2014
  • Completed a six-month internship at Metro Music Therapy, Inc.

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