Maya Story

Maya Story

Maya Story

Contact Information


  • Master of Science in Music Therapy, Indiana University (IUPUI), Indiana, USA
  • Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery, GIM training through Therapeutic Arts Institute, Indiana, USA
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Miami, Florida, USA


  • PhD student at the Doctoral Program in Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark (since March 2014).
  • Part time Lecturer, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan, USA (since 2016)
  • Assistant Professor of Music Therapy and Clinical Coordinator, Marylhurst University, Oregon, USA (2010-2015)
  • Private Practice (since 1996)
  • President of The Association for Music and Imagery (2013-2015)



Music and Imagery as a treatment intervention for military, veteran and civilian women with sexual trauma related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


  • Assoc.Prof. Dr. Bolette Daniels Beck, Aalborg University, Doctoral Program in Music Therapy
  • Prof. Dr. Lars Ole Bonde, Aalborg University, Doctoral Program in Music Therapy
  • Prof. Dr. Lisa Summer, Director of Music Therapy Program, Anna Maria College, Massachusetts, USA


Sexual Trauma is an issue among military, returning veterans and civilian women that causes a significant amount of distress with a high occurrence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). There is a need to evaluate and develop treatment protocols for sexual trauma, especially Military Sexual Trauma related PTSD.  This overall research project seeks to evaluate Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) and its modifications as a treatment modality for women with sexual trauma.  Two studies (a and b) connected to the PhD work are part of a larger protocol that entails:

a) an intervention development study with veteran women with MST
b) RCT with a wait list control group, to assess feasibility of larger RCT
c) a non-inferiority randomized control trial (post doc/ future study)

The proposed study involves a sequential mixed methods study design. In support of the transformative research aims of involving the community and culture directly in the research, a qualitative exploratory focus research group will be implemented first, followed by a randomized controlled trial, which in turn will be followed by qualitative interviews.

This timely and original study aims to make an impact by adding to the small body of research on women with sexual trauma related PTSD and their experience with a continuum of GIM interventions as a treatment modality.


Aim 1: Discover how female veterans are experiencing a continuum of Music and Imagery sessions.

  • How do female veterans experience components of the sessions (music, imagery, creative processing)?

Aim 2: Determine the feasibility and acceptability of Music and Imagery as a treatment modality for military, veteran and civilian women with Sexual Trauma related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • What percentage of participants consent to participate in the study?
  • What percentage of sessions do participants complete?
  • What percentage of study measures do participants complete?
  • What are participants perceptions about the meaningfulness and helpfulness of the MI intervention?

Aim 3: Obtain effect sizes and preliminary data on the efficacy of MI for women with sexual trauma related PTSD.