Meet Karah

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Karah Chappel, MT-BC

Hiya! My name is Karah, Texas transplant and Ohio native. I became board-certified as a music therapist in 2023 after completing my bachelor’s degree and internship in Kansas City, Missouri. My internship and first work experience were in acute psychiatric care before I started with Heart and Harmony in June 2023.

I first shadowed a music therapist when I was 14; I knew immediately that music therapy was my path. I love my work because I truly believe in the inherent value and beauty of each human; when I am serving as someone’s therapist I see my role as a facilitator for them to see that value and beauty in themselves. I pull from a variety of approaches in my practice to best meet each client’s needs, but my core values are radical acceptance, and unconditional positive regard. I also emphasize person- and family-centered care, holistic approaches, and elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

I adore research; I have led and distributed multiple studies on topics such as music therapy in policing, trauma treatment in music therapy, and impacts of low socio-economic status on music therapy as a career choice. I also hold a training certification for organizational-level trauma informed care implementation.

In my personal life, you can find me exploring new coffee shops in the metroplex, wandering the Dallas and Fort Worth botanical gardens, and cozying up on the couch under the softest blankets with my embroidery. My favorite thing about living in Texas is the warm community of friends and colleagues I have found down here. New Girl is my comfort show, I am a baker when stressed, and I will always say yes to chance to talk with both strangers and close friends.

Certification:

● Music Therapist – Board Certified (#17997)

Education:

● Bachelor of Arts in Music Therapy, University of Missouri – Kansas City, 2022

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I recommend Heart & Harmony to any family with children and our experience with how they work with neurodivergence and learning differences, how much autonomy and trust they give students, and how supportive they have been of his learning plan has been a total game changer. If I had to cancel every other therapy or support, H&H is the one I would keep.

– Lizzie M.

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My son loves music and loves his music therapists. They are a part of our family and a huge part of my son’s progress over the past four years.

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They are OT, speech, and lots of fun all rolled into one. When they are here, my girl can be heard loud and clear. We love these people.

– Lora C.

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I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am for having used music therapy to get me through my VBAC. This delivery changed my life!

– Lindsey C.

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It is such a blessing to have our son work with Heart and Harmony… It really is so much more than just music.

– Christina C.

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Heart and Harmony has outstanding music therapists who are highly trained in their field. Highly recommend them!

– Leigh Anne S.

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Heart and Harmony Music Therapy is a team of like-minded music therapists and music therapy interns who are committed to providing accessible, high-quality music therapy services to the Dallas – Fort Worth community.

When you work with Heart and Harmony Music Therapy, you help us provide our employees with important benefits like health insurance – something that contracted music therapists often don’t have access to. At Heart and Harmony, we believe that top-notch therapy is only possible when therapists and clients alike have top-notch support.

Heart and Harmony believes in honoring the self-identities of our clients. We build upon our clients’ strengths, meeting them where they are and celebrating with them as they grow. We are passionate about client autonomy and the accessibility of our services. We offer flexibility by making services available in-home or in-studio to provide a least restrictive environment. We work with individuals on the Texas CLASS and YES Medicaid waiver programs and also accept private pay clients. Payment plans are available to increase accessibility to the benefits of music therapy. 

Heart and Harmony therapists sitting in Nikki's living room, playing music. Nikki and Jordan are sitting on a green couch, playing ukulele and drum. Madison is sitting on an ottoman playing a stringed instrument.
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