Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC is a music therapy private practice in the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota serving individuals and groups throughout the community. Our practice specializes in music therapy services for individuals with developmental disabilities; seniors; those with neurologic issues such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and autism; hospice; and community wellness. We also provide early childhood music classes, adaptive music lessons, and emotional and academic support for school age children. Individuals with mental health issues, and children and young adults with other needs are also served.
Our mission at Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC is to empower clients in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro with the tools to live life to their fullest potential through cutting edge, personalized, holistic, and dignified Neurologic Music Therapy Treatment. We strive to empower clients and their loved ones to move beyond disability and illness to release the living spirit in everyone; helping clients develop, practice, and utilize skills and techniques to help them live rather than just survive and cope with illness and disability.
Our values: Dignity, respect, compassion, empowerment, integrity, trust, personal growth.
Our vision is to build stronger communities by increasing independence, improving quality of life, providing support, and expanding resources of their members.
Living Spirit Therapy Services, LLC is committed to decreasing prejudice and increasing equity in access to services to support overall quality of life and well-being.
Our actions toward this goal:
- Offering one month free enrollment in our Empowering Wellness Initiative for people from historically marginalized communities, and organizations who support them.
- Offering one month free enrollment in our Empowering Wellness Initiative for people who work in schools, hospitals, and with older adults.
- Giving monthly donations to charities and organizations promoting equity and well-being to those with unique needs.
- Gaining sponsorships for early childhood, music therapy, and music and wellness programs to provide high quality programing at no cost to families.
- Acquiring grants that support our services to provide high quality programing at reduced or no cost to families.
- Performing annual service projects to strengthen our community.
- Hosting annual fundraisers for organizations that support equity and well-being for those with unique needs.
- Maintaining an inclusive environment for all of our early childhood and group programing.
- Fundraising to support reduced or no cost music therapy for older adults living in private homes who are low income, in rural areas, or from minoritized communities.
- Offering one month free enrollment in our Empowering Wellness Initiative for music therapy students; and to those who work in long term care, hospitals, or schools. Offering lifetime free access for music therapy internship supervisors.
1: Provide a trusted resource for empowerment of clients; help clients develop, practice, and utilize skills and techniques to help them live rather than just survive and cope with illness and disability.
2: To be a leader in implementation of innovative, holistic, and dignified music therapy strategies.
3: To provide music therapists with a supportive environment for growth, community, innovation, and resources for self-actualization.
Music therapy really makes people connect. It’s the most helpful of all the therapies. It’s like you flip a switch and turn them on. I have to bring a camera next time! She just lights up to the music!
The music touches him ... You’re the only one who can make him smile. He doesn’t even smile for me ... He has his eyes open more for you than anyone else ... He really moves to the music.
You come here and give me peace through the music. It’s healing.
You do as much or more than doctors and nurses to make me feel better.
You are so wonderful, I just watched him settle down as you played.
About Music Therapy
Music therapy is an evidence-based allied health service similar to occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology that uses music as its therapeutic tool to address physical, cognitive, social, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and/or behavioral needs. Music therapy sessions are individualized to meet immediate needs in group and/or one-to-one formats.
Focus populations for this practice include but are not limited to:
- People with neurologic issues such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease
- Seniors in independent living, nursing homes, assisted living, and residential homes
- People needing palliative care and/or hospice care
- Adults and children with developmental disabilities such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and ADD/ADHD
- People with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain issues
- People suffering from anxiety or depression
- Mental health groups
- Adult wellness
Contact Living Spirit Therapy Services to find out more about how we assist our clients to develop, practice, and utilize skills and techniques to help them live rather than just survive and cope with illness and disability.
Melissa Spiess, M.M., MT-BC
Neurologic Music Therapy Fellow