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I was born in 1955 in Glarus as 4th of 5 children. I also went to Primary
and Secondary School in Glarus and after 2 discovery years for a future
profession I went to the School for Physiotherapy at the University
Hospital Zurich (1974-1978).
As I was affected by a progressive eye disease which led to blindness
(1978), this was the ideal profession for me.
During the work placement in 1977 I worked among others in the Psychiatric
Clinic Burghölzli for 6 months.
Rheumaklinik Bad Schinznach: rheumatological, orthopaedic and neurological
North London School of Physiotherapy: Junior teachership and introduction
the teaching strategies for visually impaired students.
London/Zurich: Spezialization in the area of diagnosis and therapy of
muscolo skeletal disorders.
Paray Hospital Lesotho: project for development aid
University Hospital Zurich: Clinical work on the ward for psychotherapy
psychiatric Poliklinik, of the Rheumaklinik and teaching work at the
School for Physiotherapy
(First contacts with music therapy and inclusion of receptive music
techniques for individual and group work.
Paray Hospital Lesotho: clinical and teaching work in the medical therapeutic
basis supply and primary health care
Poppi, Italy: clinical work in physiotherapy in private practice. As
Italy and Switzerland in the area of physiotherapy, integral therapy
and supervision of interdisciplinary teams in the medical area.
Co-founder of a youth movement Romena close to the Catholic church.
Collaborator in adult education in the music centre Tessiner Klanghaus
concerning topics as: body, sound and voice, health care and the therapeutic
use of the polycord table
Soci, Italy: Atelier for music therapy, in particular care of multi
children in individual and group settings. Wide music therapy activities
young and adult mentally handicapped, individual work with patients
field of oncology, neurology, rheumatology and psychosomatic.
Continuation of the work as lecturer in Switzerland mentioned above.
Zurich: Private practice as music and physiotherapist, lecturer in the
mentioned fields, collaborator of a music therapy project to disabled
Introduction in the Music Therapy Register (AIM) www.aim.it as music
therapist, teacher, lecturer and supervisor.
Loco: Participation as music therapist at the short-term intensive therapy
with residential patients.
very first moment of the mainly body centred education I was searching
for a holistic view.
Therefore I trained in different kinds of humanistic body centred psychotherapies,
later I took courses in short-term therapy and 5week-long seminars in
integrative and systemic family therapy (Kirschenbaum Institute). Studying
intensively transpersonal psychology and the work with Stanislav Grof
(Esalen Institute) expanded my horizon and gave me the openness for
the integration of arts and spirituality in my therapeutic approach.
During my time at the University Hospital Zurich especially the experience
at the psychotherapy ward under direction of Prof. Jürg Willi I
had the opportunity to get to know the music therapy. At that time I
led a patient group <music and movement> together with a qualified
Times later during my work in Africa I had the opportunity to meet traditional
healer from the clan of Matuela who taught me a model of integrative
art of healing. In their vision human relationship, nature, art and
faith belong together and are at one.
They encouraged me to develop the attention to music, singing and dancing
in the work with the patients. This was one of the reasons why I started
using more active music therapy techniques during my group and individual
lessons. In 1996 I also decided to complete the formal music therapy
study at the Procivitate Citadella in Assisi which took 4 years (2000).
During the following years I gained experiences. Parts of them are represented
in my dissertation < growing together> music therapy an existential
challenge, approved and awarded by the board of examiners in November
<Growing together>-music therapy as existential challenge, Assisi
I am working
in the field of children an juvenile neuro-psychiatry, oncology, rheumatology
and psychosomatic and I take part in school projects. I am the senior
music therapist in the children music therapy project “il trillo”
I do teaching work in the field of adult education , professional education
of therapists and doctors as well as collaborators in medical pedagogical
and other institutions for disabled.
Among my numerous teaching activities I am regular lecturer at the Institute
for interdisciplinary resource-based Therapy www.sirt.ch
, the Institute for applied Naturopathy www.nhk.ch
and the Music therapy centre Tessiner Klanghaus and the Centre for interdisciplinary
Zurich, September 2007
dipl. music therapist, dipl. physiotherapist SRK, MMACP
Englischviertelstr. 35, CH-8032 Zurich
Phone: 0041/( 0)79 512 78 21
Individual and group therapies for children, youth and adults (integral,
humanistic, systemic approach
Music therapeutic self-experience
Experience based by listening pedagogic
Seminars and post-graduate teaching in the medical, pedagogic, therapeutic
and rehabilitative field
Lecturer on conferences and workshops in Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
Supervision for music- and physiotherapists.
Collaboration for the music therapy project to children “il trillo”
at Poppi, Italy.