Sha’ari Garfinkel is the direction of Inner Listening Therapies and a specialist in the use of integrating sound and music into psychotherapy. Many of her clients are working on recovering from traumas experienced as an adult or child. She was trained as a nationally-board certified music therapist & clinical social worker licensed in Washington, Idaho, North Carolina and Kansas.
She earned a Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College Conservatory and got her Master’s in Social Work from University of Houston. While at Oberlin, Sha’ari studied with internationally-acclaimed music therapist and author Deforia Lane and renowned hornist Robert Fries.
She completed advanced training in Acutonics with founder Donna Carey at the Kairos Institute and studied The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music with visionary Linda Keiser Mardis (of blessed memory) who awarded Sha’ari with the title of Fellow. Sha’ari is grateful to Rabbi Gershon Winkler with whom she has studied Jewish Shamanic Healing and to Rabbi Sarah Etz Alon for sharing her sacred knowledge of ancient Hebraic tribal earth-based practices.
Sha’ari has a private practice in West Seattle and offers video therapy throughout Washington State, Idaho, Kansas and North Carolina. With over 30 years experience in health care and mental health settings, she specializes in trauma and crisis work and is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help facilitate healing. She often works with clients to find means of expression, live according to one’s values and listen to one’s small yet wise inner voice.