Hey there, I’m Nikki! I’ve been a Board-Certified Music Therapist since 2009. I primarily see clients via telehealth at this time because the flexibility allows me to complete all the administrative duties that go into managing a group practice.
My undergraduate education focused on a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy, and while my foundation of practice began there, I have grown to incorporate a person-centered approach into both my clinical practice and supervision of professionals and students. I believe that behaviors and thoughts can often be deliberately managed and changed, but I also recognize that lived experience such as oppression, social injustice, and trauma can affect neurology and physiology. I have extensive clinical experience working with disabled individuals, and I deeply care about client autonomy, dignity, human rights, and disability justice.
My practice Heart and Harmony Music Therapy began hiring contractors in 2013 and employees in 2019. As an employer and supervisor, I value professional sustainability, workers rights, ethical business practice, professional collaboration, and creating a sense of community.
My other passion project is Music Therapy Access Fund. In 2019 I founded MTAF in honor of my late husband, David Belshe, who was also a music therapist. MTAF’s mission is to increase access to music therapy in Texas by awarding music therapy grants and music therapy intern scholarships.
I love being outdoors! Peak happiness is swinging in a hammock with a good book and a cold brew after a scenic hike with my favorite humans. I love state and national parks, birding, stargazing, and yard work – especially if it involves native plants. I have some kids, some dogs, some jumping spiders, a few beetles, and a whole lotta houseplants.