Ivor Chester has one vision, “Helping people fail well.” Seeing how most miss the opportunities in leveraging the common setbacks in their lives, Ivor encourages people to change their view to a positive, therapeutic perspective.
This skill didn’t come from book learning alone, Ivor suffered with depression so debilitating, he became homeless in 1979 and after eight months on the streets, made it home where his family admitted him for treatment. He was under the care of several doctors and therapists until 2006, when the depression lifted.
He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 1993 as a music therapist and has served in psych in a variety of populations and all age groups including Veteran’s hospitals, medical and psychiatric hospitals, head trauma units, nursing homes, public schools and day treatment centers. Included in his practice, Ivor applies the power of Music Therapy, using drums, percussion, guitar, voice and digital media to teach, apply and heal.
Also, he has applied these years of experience in psychiatric care to become a Certified Life Coach. Using a curriculum developed by Dr. Larry Gilliam, Ed.D., Ph.D., L.P.C.-S., L.C.P.C., C.S.C., founder of Dayspring Counseling, where he has been certified and contracts to see patients on an individual and group setting. Ivor continues to presents with Dr. Gilliam throughout North Texas on a variety of topics that coach people interested in going beyond their wounded past to a welcoming future.
Having rescued dogs since 1985 he now trains them to become certified Therapy Dogs that travel with him to facilities and hospitals.
He’s married over 20 years to his wife, Kristina who home schools four noisy children.
Ivor Chester is uniquely equipped with the knowledge and experience to be your mentor and coach through this stage of your life journey.
Music Therapy is the use of music to achieve non-musical goals. In other words, music is used for the purpose of assisting with other needs. If a person has limitations with range of motion in one of their hands, you could teach them guitar. The idea is not to have them learn to become a guitar player, it’s to increase the mobility in their hand. The guitar is a by-product.
When you do aerobics, you normally do it to music, you’re not doing it to learn to dance or learn the song, you are doing it to improve your health.
To learn more, visit https://www.musictherapy.org/
The organization I use for certification is, Therapy Dogs International. http://www.tdi-dog.org/
There are, again, how I do it, 3 steps to getting a dog certified to become a therapy dog:
- Go to a shelter or rescue society and find a dog, a mutt, a friend that is approachable, friendly and teachable.
- Teach and train this dog the prerequisites of the certification process as well as a few trick to bond with the dog and warm up people to your new friend.
- Take him to one of several certification events for testing.
Dogs have furthered the therapeutic process further than I have, at times, to promote healing and encourage people to try one more time.