About MTA:

Established in 1990, Music Therapy Associates, LLC is the premier provider of music therapy services in the greater Lehigh Valley area (including Philadelphia, Kutztown, Reading, Poconos, and Western New Jersey). With 26 board certified music therapists, MTA is committed to finding the perfect client/therapist pairing in order ensure client comfort, time and location flexibility, as well as the best therapeutic outcome possible. 

MTA places great emphasis on collaborative efforts with other healthcare professionals including speech therapists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. In addition to standard music therapy services, MTA also offers rehabilitation services to clients suffering from neurologic disorders including stroke, Parkinson's, and brain injuries, as well as performance/interactive music for birthday parties, family reunions, and special events.


Meet the therapists:

Katherine M. Purcell,

is a Board Certified Music Therapist and Pennsylvania State Certified Music Teacher. She graduated, Cum Laude, from Shenandoah Conservatory in 1989 with degrees in both Music Therapy and Music Education with a minor in Psychology. For four years, she worked as a secondary school music teacher at a private school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, instructing severely emotionally disturbed children from around the country. Mrs. Purcell currently provides services as a contract Music Therapist for various agencies and individuals at the agency's facility, at the clients home or in her own studio. She provides individual and group music therapy sessions for individuals with Attention Deficit Disorder, Speech Delay, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Brain Injury, Developmental Delay, Autism, Psychiatric Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Cancer, Physical Handicaps, Dysfunctional Families, and At-Risk Children. Together with her husband, who is also a musician, Mrs. Purcell provides highly entertaining and interactive musical activity programs for children's birthday parties and special events. She resides in Whitehall, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

Alyssa Almeida, MT-BC

graduated with her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Temple University, and completed her internship at Young Children's Center for the Arts, a creative arts preschool in South Philadelphia. Alyssa has experience working with young children, dementia patients, children and adults with developmental disabilities, and with special education students. Outside of music therapy, she is a cellist and multi-instrumentalist and plays with several Philly area bands. 

Julianna Altonjy, MT-BC         

graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in music therapy from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She completed an internship in Southbury, Connecticut at the Southbury Training School, and with Connecticut Music Therapy Services in Watertown, CT.  She has experience working with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, children in integrated preschool programs, adolescents with behavioral problems, hospice care patients, and individuals diagnosed with dementia or mental illnesses.  Julianna also provides piano and voice lessons to elementary aged students.  She resides in Warren County, New Jersey.

Lydia Anthony, MT-BC         

graduated from Elizabethtown College with a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree, and completed her clinical internship at Expressive Therapies Utah, a private practice that works collaboratively with self-employed therapists and music therapists working full time in facilities throughout Northern Utah. She worked there facilitating group and individual sessions with children, at-risk adolescents, adults with developmental delays, adults in recovery centers, hospitals, and older adults in assisted living facilities, memory care units, and in hospice/palliative care. Lydia has also interned for the Jamaica Field Service Project where she gained experience facilitating drum circles with multiple populations in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Lydia believes that the therapeutic relationship between the client, the music, and the therapist is imperative to achieving therapeutic goals and overall wellness. Lydia strives to connect with her clients and help them achieve a higher quality of life, as well as foster their relationship with music.