MEET OUR TEAM
Marissa Ferl is the owner and director of services at Resonate Music Therapy.
Marissa completed her Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in music therapy at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After completing coursework at CSU, Marissa moved to Brooklyn, New York, to complete her internship in adult and pediatric hospice at Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care. At MJHS, Marissa developed the extreme interpersonal skills needed to support and care for those with a terminal prognosis, as well as support and care for their families before, during, and after death.
After completing the required 1,200 clinical hours at MJHS, Marissa successfully passed the CBMT (Certification Board for Music Therapists). She subsequently moved to Colorado Springs to start Resonate Music Therapy in January 2017.
Though Marissa has found incredible love for working with diverse populations including those on hospice care and those with autism, stroke, TBI, and chromosomal abnormalities, her main work is with children who have experienced trauma, abuse, or neglect. With strong influences from Neurologic Music Therapy and Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Marissa believes in meeting the client where they are by coupling an understanding of neurological processes with a humanistic view that embraces the client as their whole self.
“Music therapy has been a dream of mine for many years now. Growing up, I had the privilege of traveling to nursing homes to sing the oldies but goodies to residents. After seeing the tremendous power music has to provide connection and bring life to people, I realized I wanted to continue that work for the rest of my life.
I am a person centered therapist that combines aspects from behavioralism, Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT) and counseling techniques to provide individuals with treatment suited to their needs. The part of music therapy I love most is being able to help people through the intrinsically motivating and success oriented gift of music. I am passionate about working with diverse populations and people, and I am overjoyed to be a part of the Resonate Music Therapy team!”
My love for music therapy started when I realized its universality; it is welcoming and accepting of everyone. My approach is to serve people where they are at, focusing on the whole individual, and building meaningful, therapeutic relationships. This is why I am excited to work for Resonate Music Therapy.
I spent the majority of my life in Colorado Springs, and I am excited to live there again. I graduated from Seattle Pacific University in the Spring of 2018 and will soon complete my internship at the University of Louisville Music Therapy Clinic. These experiences have prepared me for this new opportunity with Resonate. I am thrilled to be a part of the growing presence of music therapy in my hometown through working for Resonate Music Therapy.