Elizabeth Eldridge BMT, MTA
Elizabeth Eldridge is a Certified Music Therapist, Professional Speaker and Psychological Health & Safety Consultant. Following her Bachelor degree at Acadia University, Elizabeth completed her clinical music therapy internship in Mental Health Recovery Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. In this role, she gained invaluable experience working on an interdisciplinary team supporting clients diagnosed with various psychiatric conditions in outpatient, inpatient, and forensic settings. She returned home to Charlotte County, New Brunswick in 2008 and established her music therapy practice, which has expanded to include internship and subcontracting positions. Arpeggio Music Therapy’s team of Certified Music Therapists provides consultations, educational opportunities and clinical music therapy services throughout the province.
In addition to managing day-to-day operations for her music therapy practice, Elizabeth provides training and consulting services across Eastern Canada through Arpeggio Health Services, which she founded in 2012. As a Certified Psychological Health & Safety Advisor Elizabeth provides training and consultation services working with companies large and small that are striving to optimize workplace mental health to boost productivity, decrease absenteeism and improve employee satisfaction and morale. Elizabeth has trained over 4,000 members of the public in the Mental Health Commission of Canada's Mental Health First Aid program and facilitates several other standardized and original workshops on mental health stigma and awareness, suicide and related topics.
As a keynote speaker Elizabeth has taken the stage for conferences and other events hosted by WorkSafe NB, Workers Compensation Board of PEI, J.D. Irving Ltd., Canadian Mental Health Association of Alberta, New Brunswick Construction Safety Association and the Atlantic Institute on Aging among many others. Elizabeth’s poignant message, interactive approach and ability to deliver even the most sensitive subject matter in a way that feels non-threatening and accessible is consistently well received by participants and audiences. She has been interviewed about her work by television and radio programs and has been profiled in a variety of local and national publications.
Elizabeth presently serves in the Vice President role on the Board of Directors for both the Alzheimer Society of New Brunswick and the Eastern Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. She volunteered on the Board and various committees for the Atlantic Association for Music Therapy for several years and completed a two year term as President of the Canadian Association of Music Therapists in 2019. She is also an active member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.
Elizabeth considers her busy but rewarding work schedule to be a true source of joy in her life, but she makes sure to take a regular dose of her own medicine in the form of self care—which she cites in her presentations as a core element of resiliency and maintaining positive mental health. She identifies the three essential components of her personal “happy place” as a hot cup of coffee, a good book and her best gal pal: her Weimaraner pup, Ruby.