Meet the Team!
Peri Strongwater, MA, MT-BC, NMT is a music therapist, program manager and organization enthusiast. In addition to running Strongwater Studios, she works on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service unit at Mass General, and at Mass Eye & Ear Hospital where she is their first board-certified music therapist.
She received her BA from Skidmore College in 2011 as a double major in psychology and music composition and worked briefly as a film/tv composer in New York City before realizing that her favorite part of music was making it with other people. She moved to Boston in 2013, and in 2015 launched Strongwater Studios, offering music services and programming to the community. In 2018 she received her master’s in Mental Health Counseling with a Specialization in Music Therapy from Lesley University, after completing clinical placements at Newbridge on the Charles, where she worked with geriatric patients in Assisted Living and Memory Care Assisted Living, and Pelham Academy, a therapeutic residential school that provides treatment and education to adolescent females with emotional/behavioral issues, mental health disorders and complex trauma histories.
Peri's experience and background inspire a cognitive-behavioral and trauma-informed approach in her music therapy treatment, often supporting patients in using music-based strategies to develop long-term coping skills to support emotional regulation. She is a member of the American Music Therapy Association and has presented at local and regional conferences.
Peri plays the guitar, violin, viola, ukulele and piano. She loves to sing lower vocal harmonies with her sisters. Other hobbies and interests include playing with her dog Finley, working out with yoga or cardio drumming, making to-do lists and eating ice cream.