Katja Enoka joined the Music Beat team in 2021 and is a Registered Music Therapist and Neurologic Music Therapist.
She completed a Bachelor of Music in 2017, majoring on clarinet. During her bachelor degree, Katja became interested in music and wellbeing programs. She established a performers program at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in partnership with the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2018. Katja also volunteered at a Finnish nursing home, supporting a music and reminiscence program for two years. Katja went on to complete her Masters in Music Therapy via the University of Melbourne in 2019, and most recently completed Institute Training with the Academy for Neurologic Music Therapy in 2021.
Her clinical placement experiences included: special education (primary years), the Queensland Children’s Hospital (oncology), inpatient adult mental health, and an autism school (early childhood intervention program). She has previously worked in residential dementia care, as well as for a private practice, providing services across Meanjin, Brisbane. Katja works with a broad range of clients, from young children to older people, across disability, mental health, and dementia.
Katja’s interests and specialties lie in dementia care and working with young autistic people. She works from a resource and strength-based approach and believes that every person is innately musical. She is particularly interested in how music therapy can be used to build and strengthen internal coping resources in young autistic people to enable them to engage in living authentically and has recently presented at the Australian Music Therapy Association Conference on this.
Katja is thoroughly enjoying exploring the many ways music can be used to support wellbeing and plans on completing a PhD in the future.