Kaitlin Wightman-Ausman is an Appalachian State University graduate with a degree in Music Therapy and a native Charlotte resident. She completed her internship at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, South Carolina. There she provided group music therapy sessions to adults and adolescents in acute inpatient behavioral care and worked one-on-one with patients receiving medical treatment. Since receiving her music therapy board certification in 2017, she has also completed further education in Applied Behavioral Analysis and is a Registered Behavior Technician.
Her interest in music therapy began through her participation in Playing for Others, a local nonprofit that promotes the personal development of adolescents through service and the arts. Through this program she witnessed the power of artistic expression as a tool to connect with children with developmental diagnoses. She discovered an ability to engage meaningfully with nonverbal program participants through musical play that sparked her interest in the field. Kaitlin remains involved with Playing for Others to this day as an active alumnus and volunteer. She still holds a passion for working with a diverse range of clientele including people with differing physical and intellectual abilities and is currently working with clients with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and other mental health diagnoses.
Kaitlin is excited to be a part of the Roots and Wings team. She believes that music used as a therapeutic tool has the power to facilitate dynamic growth and change. She is dedicated to the process of encouraging and bearing witness to each client’s personal journey.