Tara McConnell, MT-BC, a Sacramento native and graduate of University of the Pacific, is a board certified music therapist and owner of McConnell Music Therapy Services (MMTS) based in Auburn, CA, (est. 2002). MMTS is a music therapy practice that provides services to clients within the greater Sacramento and South Placer County areas in the home, school or hospital setting. Tara brings 18 years of clinical experience and began working in 2012 at Courage House NorCal with girls rescued from sex trafficking. Music therapy is the use of music experiences to address non-musical treatment goals such as emotional expression, group cohesion, relaxation, movement, communication, and cognition. Songwriting and improvisation, singing, instrument playing, music listening and analysis are used in a clinical setting to address therapeutic objectives. Tara and her staff currently provide music therapy to patients in the acute hospital setting, IEP-based services to students in local school districts, as well as private clients. Music Therapy is a complementary treatment option for persons with trauma and mental health impairments, physical/medical health impairments, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Tara lives in Auburn, CA with her husband, Chris, a Courage Worldwide Volunteer, and their elementary-aged children. She enjoys writing songs and playing bass, even on her days off, and finds strength in fellowship at Bayside Church in Granite Bay.