Emily Ross MA, MT-BC

Emily began her professional career in rural Benton County public schools teaching general music, choir, and band to students K-12. After seven years, Emily recognized that many of her students had needs that she couldn’t address in the music classroom. She was moved to find a way to address those emotional and cognitive needs by pursuing an advanced degree in music therapy.

Emily received her MA in counseling psychology/music therapy from Naropa University in 2003. Her emphasis throughout her master's program was on autism, culminating in her master's paper, entitled: Music Therapy as an Appropriate Intervention in Improving Communication and Relationship Skills in Individuals with Autism.

For 13 years, Emily ran her private music therapy practice, Self Express Music Therapy Studio, and served as adjunct faculty in music therapy at Marylhurst University. From 2015-2018, she held a full-time position at Marylhurst as Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor of music therapy.

Emily is excited to be back in private practice full time while developing her dream of combining horses and music therapy.

Emily lives in Portland with her husband, Ted, and their cat, Nutmeg. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, movies, horseback riding, watching baseball, and quilting. She plays French horn in the Portland Wind Symphony.

Clinical experience includes:

  • 13 years: Private Practice (individuals and small groups)

  • 8 years: Victory Academy (year-round school for children with autism)

  • 4 years (supervising students): Clackamas ESD (class for 18-21 year-olds)

  • 1 year: Portland Public Schools (pilot program in behavior classroom)

  • 4 summers: Creative Arts Day Camp (Marylhurst’s summer program for those with and without special needs)

Prior to graduate school, Emily spent 27 months teaching English as a Foreign Language in Kyrgyzstan (in central Asia) as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Being the first American to live in her village, she developed a deep compassion for the frustrations of limited communication skills.