Major Progressions consists of Mallory Warkentin and Laura Cowal, two highly talented and experienced professionals in the field of music therapy.
Mallory Warkentin MTA MMT
Mallory graduated from Brock University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Music. In 2012 she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Master of Music Therapy. She is a classically trained vocalist and is skilled at playing both the piano and guitar. Over time she has also dabbled with other instruments such as the French horn, trumpet, violin and ukulele. Mallory gained experience during her university career working with youth at risk for mental health issues, and adolescents with multiple disabilities. She also completed a major research paper titled Vocal Improvisation in Music Therapy (2012). Mallory has had a variety of experiences working in both a clinical and long term care setting working with individuals and groups with a variety of needs and abilities. She has also worked with a diverse population of clients including those who have autism, Asperger’s, dementia, and brain injury, and ranging in age from 3 to 100 years old. Mallory has been a fully accredited MTA since January 2015.
Mallory’s music therapy studies focused on Music- Centred Psychotherapy. She considers her approach to music therapy to be eclectic as she believes that each session should be tailored to the individual.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Michigan State University in 2011 where she also began a Music Therapy Equivalency training program. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music at Brock University. She recently received her Music Therapy Board Certification and Music Therapy Accreditation which means she is a fully certified music therapist in both Canada and the United States. Laura is currently working towards a Master of Arts in Professional Counselling through Liberty University with a desire to integrate counselling techniques within her music therapy approach.
Laura has worked with various populations of clientele in clinical and long term care settings. She has gained valuable experiences throughout her education and internship working with individuals with Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Visual Impairment, Depression, and Mental Illness. Laura is also a Registered Psychotherapist
Laura uses a variety of approaches to best suit the needs of her clients. Some of these include a psycho-educational approach; assisting clients in learning or re-learning skills through a musical medium. She also prescribes to a holistic focus by treating the individual holistically rather than for a set of symptoms. Laura is a classically trained vocalist and uses piano, guitar and voice in her sessions.