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Connecting Through Music

Within the first few online therapy sessions, David knew he would have to find a different way to connect with his clients.


As a mental health therapist who practices Therapeutic Behavioral Services (TBS) for the Oakland-based Fred Finch Youth & Family Services, David’s job is to help young people throughout the east bay who have suffered from extreme trauma change aggressive, unsafe and self-harming behaviors. He works with them to develop coping skills and self-regulation techniques. But with the pandemic requiring a switch from in-person meetings to communications via video chat, therapy was not going well.