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Maya Charlton



Phone: 415.780.2047


M.A., New York University

Maya Charlton is a Board-Certified music therapist with a Master's degree in Music Therapy from New York University. Since then, she pioneered and helped develop the Music Therapy program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland where she has served as a senior music therapist and a Clinical Training Director for music therapy students and interns since 2008. Currently, Ms. Charlton also serves on the Palliative Care and Day of Remembrance Committees.

Ms. Charlton has over 20 years clinical experience working and developing music therapy programs in various settings including inpatient adolescent psychiatry, adolescent group homes, public schools, early intervention settings, and medical settings such as Mount Sinai Medical Center, NYC.

Ms. Charlton is a training facilitator in the Rhythm, Breath, Lullaby (RBL) model of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Music Therapy. She specializes in techniques such as clinical improvisation, group facilitation, and mindfulness meditation, with special focus on pain management, trauma, palliative care, and grief and loss.  

Ms. Charlton has presented at national and international conferences including the World Congresses of Music Therapy in Oxford and Vienna, and has served as a panel expert on various symposiums. She is the author of "Hear My Song: Giving Voice to Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease," published in Music and Medicine: Integrative Models in the Treatment of Pain.