Joyce Pfanschmidt Whitney is a Board Certified Music Therapist who received her certification from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Joyce is a member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and has over 30 years experience as a Music Therapist. In addition, she has over 50 years of teaching experience with an emphasis in voice having graduated with a Bachelors of Music Education degree with honors from Wichita State University in 1960. Joyce completed a year and a half study with Don Campbell’s Therapeutic Sound School from the Institute of Music, Health and Education (IMHE), Boulder, CO. This course specialized in the therapeutic aspects of toning, drumming, and color. She received her Master’s in Hypnosis from the Self-Empowerment Education Center, Virginia.
Joyce has taught, studied voice and performed in professional music theater and vocal concerts, throughout the United States, Europe, and the Far East. She received the Clare Barton Award while Director of Recreation at the Landstull Army Hospital in Germany. Has served as Music therapist for the Fairfax County Handicapped Program and was Director of Music Therapy for the Northern Virginia Autistic Society. Joyce facilitated a Vocalign Workshop in Athens, Greece for teachers. Joyce also presented the Healing Aspects of Voice to the doctoral students of psychology at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In addition, she presented to the National Guild of Hypnotherapists of Washington D.C.
Joyce is actively involved in her community. She volunteers for the Calvert County Abuse Center by using the Vocalign Process as support in the recovery from mental and physical abuse. As a member of The Rotary Club of Northern Calvert she was on the Board of Directors and served as the International Lane Director and Director of Club Services. Joyce as Community Service Director led the effort to established the Boys & Girls Club for kids-at-risk in North Beach, MD. For her work with youth and abused women she received the “Women of the Year Award — 2001” from the Commission for Women in Calvert County.
Joyce has found the use of Reconnective Healing valuable to her work. Personal Energy Presence (PEP© 92) is fine tuned by the Vocalign process, enhancing ones sense of well being and energy level. Joyce uses Guided Imagery and Music (The Bonnie Method) and Hypnosis which are successfully used in treating difficulties in interpersonal relationships and family systems; issues of self-esteem and personal empowerment; residual psychic scars from adult or childhood sexual abuse and all forms of domestic and urban violence. It can accomplish swift and effective treatment for deep emotional blockages, states of anxiety, phobias, much chronic pain and persistent symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Many clients come for enhancing spiritual awareness.
Joyce offers VoiceBio which is a wellness assessment tool that uses your speaking voice to read the frequencies of your body systems. This creates a computer generated VIBE print that corresponds to the 12 notes of the chromatic musical scale. The print allows the client to see the root cause of their physical-emotional energetic imbalances. They are guided to options for rebalancing of their energetic systems.
She is continually researching the influence of voice, music, imagery, color, movement, and energy (P.E.P.) on health and motivation. Joyce is certified in Mandala and Mari Card Art Therapy assessment tools. With a focus on creative concentration through the use of creative arts, she has developed an integrated method of teaching listening which combines the use of whole body singing and healing techniques to achieve desired individual goals. “She specializes in non-singers” and believes tone deaf is a state of mind.