Brian Harris, PhD
Brian Harris, PhD, MT-BC, LCAT is a music psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. He holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies and is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and SUNY New Paltz.
Brian is the founding director of the company Creative Arts Psychotherapy, and is the past head of the Pavarotti Music Center’s music therapy department in Mostar, Bosnia where his work focused on children with post-war traumas.
He is also a core faculty member of the Kint institute, which offers post Master’s training in the use of the creative arts therapies and trauma.
Brian has published and presented nationally and internationally and has worked for 20 years with a diverse range of populations including, LGBT clients, trauma, psychiatric, Autism, and Alzheimer’s.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Brian shares the story of what brought him to apply for a position at the Pavarotti Music Center in Bosnia, and what it was like to work with the young kids there who had been traumatized by war.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Brian tells the story of what happened when he started working with a client and then began to guide her to create a safe space for herself.
I’ve gotten into the field, in part to understand my own history, my own past. Thera’s a lot that I’m still learning about my own history with trauma.
- Really think about safety first.
- Do less!
Brian’s go-to books
- The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of the Self, Diane Austin
- The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, Elyn R. Saks