Deborah spiegel mt-bc , ccht

Deborah Spiegel MT-BC, CCHt, CEO and Director of The Spiegel Academy, is a Board- Certified Music Therapist who has been in the field for over 30 years providing music therapy for people of all ages.


She served as a member of a multi-disciplinary treatment team in a Dialectical Behavior Therapy based treatment facility for adolescents as a music therapist and a DBT Skills group leader for almost 12 years, leading to her specializing in the use of music and music activities to teach and reinforce DBT skills and her passion for DBT informed music therapy.


 Deborah is currently involved in spearheading a research project to validate the effectiveness of DBT Informed MT.

Book and CD

Sharing some examples of applying music therapy to the DBT skills, Deborah  Spiegel published the book Music Activities & More for Teaching DBT Skills and Enhancing Any Therapy: Even for the Non-Musician  (Authorhouse 2010).  The book provides DBT therapists and other therapists some ways to utilize music to enhance their therapy groups, and  gives music therapists some ideas for teaching and reinforcing the skills through music therapy. 

She also recorded a companion CD with original songs that she wrote for her patients that offer support and understanding for common issue she saw on her unit such as impulsive expressions of anger, self-harming urges, and other difficult problems, and teaches skillful ways to handle them that reinforces DBT skills.    

CBMT Approved Continuing Education Provider

 Deborah became an approved provider with the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) in 2011.  After a year of presenting live workshops, in 2012, she began additionally offering online classes, which has evolved into what is now The Spiegel Academy.  She is joined here by other qualified professionals in providing a growing variety of quality classes that are approved for continuing education credits by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Participants rank their experience with the online classes highly.



Ms. Spiegel  began presenting DBT/ Music Therapy continuing education workshops in 2011 and continues to provide classes, in-services, training and workshops for professionals nation-wide.  Participants state that the events are enjoyable and that they are pleased with the experiential style and the amount of useful ideas that they take away with them to implement right away in their practice.


Deborah presented her DBT workshop for 8 State Hospitals in the state of California in 2014-15 as well as at  Perkins Hospital in Maryland.  She’s presented at Immaculata University, Eastern Michigan University, at private locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and many other locations nation-wide since 2011.  Her experiential workshops are well received.  If you would like Deborah to present a DBT Informed Music Therapy workshop at your facility contact her below.


Deborah was a presenter at the National Music Therapy Conference 2016 and 2010, the Midwestern Regional Music Therapy Conference 2017 and  2010, Colorado Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, the Colorado School for the Blind Conference,  at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo,  Colorado State University, and for several Mental Health Centers in Colorado. 



The process of setting up an online continuing education program has led Deborah to study with  many powerful leaders and coaches in the field of the modern entrepreneur, including Michele Scism,  Ryan Eliason, Callen Rush, Justin Livingston, Suzanne Evans, Jena Rodrigues, Danny Iny, Frederick Pearce, Alisha Allen, Mary Morrisey, Barb Wade, Tomar Levine, Marisa Murgatroyd, David Draney, Eben Pagan, Rachael Jane Groover, Ray Edwards, and others. 


She  brought in some CMTE classes on business topics including website, starting a private practice, getting more clients, marketing, growing your business,… Let Deborah know your needs in this area by emailing her below.

Therapy Practice:

Deborah has worked with all ages of clients, and especially enjoys working with youth.  For her individual sessions she draws from a repertoire of skills and methods which she successfully integrates for powerful results. She uses techniques taken from Jung, Erickson, Gestalt, Psychosynthesis and Quigley.  She  combines guided imagery, hypnotherapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills, and music therapy.


With credentials as a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, which she has been practicing for over 25 years, she designs customized suggestion scripts and inner journeys around specific treatment goals for clients, helping them develop inner resources to heal emotional wounds and fill underlying needs in the subconscious mind. 


She reinforces these inner experiences through song writing and other music therapy interventions, and teaches coping strategies/ DBT Skills through music.  Her passion is for DBT informed music therapy.


Deborah lives in Paonia, Colorado.

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