Team

Kayla Turnbull

BMT, MTA
She/Her

Founder of Soul Sounds Music Therapy, Kayla is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music Therapy Program at Capilano University. Following her 1000 hour internship at BC Children’s Hospital, it’s been a dream to bring Kayla’s career home to the Okanagan.  

Through her clinical practice, Kayla strives to provide a safe, supportive space for people of all backgrounds. Kayla shares her passion and expertise in song-writing and music improvisation as she supports clients in the creative therapeutic process. Kayla emphasizes the importance of providing a reflective voice for non-verbal clients. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys paddle boarding, exploring the outdoors, and being creative with visual, media and performing arts. 

Kayla’s areas of expertise include:

  • Infants, children, and youth with complex medical conditions
  • Autism and other pervasive developmental disabilities
  • Adult and adolescent mental health and psychiatry
  • Dementia and neurodegenerative disorder care

Lizzy Walsh

BSc, BMT, MTA
She/Her

Originally from Vancouver Island, Lizzy is a graduate of the Music Therapy program at Capilano University. Before beginning her music therapy training, Lizzy completed a BSc in psychology at the University of Victoria, with a minor in applied ethics. Currently, Lizzy is completing the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at UBC Okanagan. Throughout her education, Lizzy has been passionate about lifespan research, and bringing her understanding of bio-psycho-social-spiritual frameworks into her clinical practice.

Within her music therapy practice, Lizzy aims to create an environment that encourages safety and openness. Whether sharing favourite songs, facilitating relaxation exercises, or creating legacy projects through songwriting and recording, Lizzy strives to meet her clients however they are in that moment. You will likely find Lizzy sailing, practicing yoga, or exploring a new hiking trail outside of work.

Lizzy’s area of expertise include:

  • End-of-life and palliative care
  • Dementia and neurodegenerative disorder care
  • Adult mental health and psychiatry
  • Brain injury

Kira Hickerson

BMT
Virtual Music Therapist

Originally from the Okanagan Valley, Kira completed her Bachelor of Music Therapy with a minor in psychology at Capilano University. In May of 2021, Kira completed her level 1 training in Guided Imagery and Music. Kira currently lives in Vancouver and is excited to bring music therapy to her hometown.  

Kira strives to create a safe, inclusive, and open space for her clients and their families. She believes in advocating for her clients’ best interests and for allowing each session to be customized to best fit their needs at that moment. Kira’s clinical experience includes work in long-term care, hospice, palliative, and bereavement care, and with children in the school system. Outside of work Kira spends her time outdoors hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and climbing. 

Janelle Miller

BMT
Virtual Music Therapist

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Janelle is a graduate of the Music Therapy program at Capilano University. Janelle completed a 1,000-hour Internship at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, where she currently lives. 

Janelle practices a humanistic, strengths-based, and client-led approach to music therapy in which she aims to create an inclusive, safe space for clients to be their authentic selves. Janelle believes that each person is inherently valuable and she seeks to gain a holistic view of every client. Janelle’s clinical experience includes long-term care, adult acute psychiatric disorders, adolescent mental health and eating disorders, intellectual and developmental disorders, and pediatrics.

Outside of work, Janelle enjoys reading, doing crafts, biking, and spending time in nature.


Alumni

Bobbi Cerin

Internship Student

Originally from Alberta, Bobbi completed her 1000-hour Pre-Professional Practicum with Soul Sounds Music Therapy.

Bobbi strives to create a welcoming and safe environment for everyone in and out of sessions. It is her hope to support people in their life journey using a creative therapeutic process, whether that be through sharing favourite songs, creating playlists, song-writing, or improvisation. Bobbi values inclusion, accountability, and offering choices in her practice. Outside of work, you can find Bobbi hiking, backcountry camping, kayaking, or practicing yoga.