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Hidden Gems: Meet Anastasia Canfield of Creative Remedies

Today we’d like to introduce you to Anastasia Canfield. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
The story starts decades ago before I could make sense of the world around me — I made up songs about what I saw in my childhood home and interacted with everything around me in a musical way. My creative mother is a visual artist and pianist so it wasn’t long after my singing and creativity began blossoming that she introduced me to my first instrument (the piano) and only a little while later registered me for formal lessons. Music has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember and my interest and expertise only grew as I did — I joined band and played French horn then got a bachelor’s degree in Music. I continued on to a master’s degree in music, specializing in Neurologic Music Therapy, and finally another master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. I would be remiss if I allowed this to overshadow my performance history with two world-class drum & bugle corps, a singer/songwriter career, extensive private music instruction work, short film composition, and many more music industry roles before landing on the decision to begin a private practice and private studio for music therapy and music lessons. 

I was fortunate to be mentored by amazing musicians and music therapists such as Elizabeth Linder and Angie Berktold who encouraged me to take the leap to make my dreams of offering creative arts therapy services and a unique approach to music education a reality. I had been working in various settings, both public and private, providing mental health services from the humanistic, trauma-informed framework I had adopted as a board-certified music therapist. During my time working in various hospitals, I was exposed to the flaws and shortcomings of the mental health industry which both infuriated and deeply saddened me. I knew my skillset was salient for those who had experienced trauma or are Neurodivergent so I sought out ways I could share this with the community at large with fewer barriers than an inpatient psychiatric hospital. This led me to establishing my small business private practice and educational studio, Creative Remedies. 

Creative Remedies celebrated its 3rd year in existence in February with steady growth and numerous therapy clients and music students who have expressed their gratitude for our work. We grew from providing in-home therapy only (due to no office space and other logistical limitations) to acquiring an office space with several offices to be a location the practice can grow and offer several different creative arts therapies. We are recruiting for a veterans music therapy group and a Neurodivergent children’s social skills play therapy group with a budding Animal-Assisted Therapy program on the horizon. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m not sure any small business owner can say they’ve had a smooth road, but I’m fortunate that I had support and guidance which helped me avoid many new business owner mistakes (thanks, Elizabeth!). I was also fortunate to still have been working at other jobs that helped me pay my bills when I went back to school so the slow build that is inevitable with a new private practice did not cause excessive stress since I had the luxury of other streams of income and other tasks to keep me occupied. 

However, marketing and delving into the business taxes world is not something they teach you in music or therapy school! These are important aspects of running any sort of business which were definitely vast learning curves for me. In general, I have had to seek out a lot of support for establishing the business, developing my contracts and intake paperwork, and managing all of the other business needs along the way — but I wouldn’t trade it for anything! 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
This question is a bit loaded! We offer all sorts of services that are both more traditional “business” services as well as “creative” and “artistic” services. 

Creative Remedies is a multi-faceted creative arts private therapy practice and educational studio. We believe that creativity and the arts enhance life whether through healing, alternative education, or observing the world in different ways. We offer individual and group music therapy, play therapy, mental health counseling, traditional music lessons, and adaptive/therapeutic music lessons. 

All of the staff at Creative Remedies have degrees in music and cover the gamut of the music industry between therapy, education, composition, and performance to music business, recording arts, and film music. We have an office space and studio, but we also perform regularly in the community as a few notable projects: Anastasia Rose, Occam’s Rose, and Then I Fly. 

We are proud to use music and play to benefit others — we use these in our own healing personally as well! We offer pay-what-you-can services which is a unique model that provides accessibility to quality mental health services and combating the ever-notorious insurance red tape that never seems to work in the favor of the consumer. This model ensures that people seeking our services get what they need while the therapists and educators get paid either way — we aren’t at the hand of an insurance company deciding if therapy is “medically necessary” during a global trauma (which we all know it is). 

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Honesty and integrity, hands down. Safety and trust cannot be created without this! To provide quality mental health services, education, and even creative services like music performance or composition, a foundation of trust must exist. We have all be burned by someone in our past which makes us question approaching a similar situation. Creative Remedies is built on the understanding that it is a privilege to earn the trust of our clients and safety is what they decide it is, not what we decide it is. 

Pricing:

  • Pay what you can therapy services!
  • We work with our clients to determine what is the most feasible and fair payment option for the service, environment, and provider.
  • We realize the financial landscape is uncertain at this point in time and, thus, we are flexible too.
  • We currently offer $5/hour sessions with a graduate music therapy intern until she completes her hours, anticipated May 31, 2022.

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Image Credits

Chris Tracy Photography
La Migdalia Art

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