Drum Therapy

Want to try something fun that helps beat stress, reduces ADHD symptoms, and boosts clarity, creativity, productivity, memory, your immune system, and even healing? It can help you focus, feel better, and find your joy!

Therapeutic drumming helped me heal and bounce back after an accident and now I help others. I offer private and semi-private sessions from my home but can also travel, if needed.

This is NOT African, tribal, or Shamanic drumming, or a drum lesson. My drum therapy sessions are custom-designed, science-based programs with proven health and wellness benefits, backed by loads of medical research.

Yes, because I’m also a musician, there’s usually a little rock, pop, Latin, jazz, or funk thrown in! I’m a also a Christian, so my approach is a bit different from others in the drumming community. I’m also the only Certified Drum Therapist in the state of North Carolina.

What’s the difference between drum therapy and a drum lesson?

Unlike a drum lesson, which is all about learning how to play songs, drum therapy sessions are designed to achieve certain objectives, depending on the individual or group.

Small hand drums (like in the photo above) are provided and I use easy techniques that anyone can follow. You don’t need any special skills or experience. You don’t even have to have good rhythm (although that certainly helps!). You don’t need to have a drum at home but that would enhance the benefits. Extra bonus! Those who sign up for one of my 3-month ADHD programs get a FREE drum! These programs include coaching/consulting and drum therapy. Sometimes drum sticks and drum pads or mallets (with hand drums) are used, especially in my special needs school programs which are affiliated with the world-renowned Drums and Disabilities Program.

Who can benefit from drum therapy?

I’ve worked with kids and adults with ADD/ADHD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and brain injuries (TBI’s), kids and young adults with special needs, seniors, stressed out entrepreneurs, women who needed more clarity and confidence, foster kids, and at-risk kids and women. I’ve done corporate team-building events and empowerment programs. I’ve even helped performers and speakers work through stage fright.

Private sessions are $50 for 30 min. (best for younger students) and $75 for a 45-min. to an hour for teens and adults. Semi-private sessions and classes are also a possibility. The rate for those would depend on the number of students, if I’m traveling to your location, and if we’re using drum pads and drum sticks or if I’m hauling all my hand drums.

Want to try it out?

I offer FREE hand drumming classes at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center for all ages, including seniors and special needs! Therapeutic techniques are included and we close out with a rockin’ tune! Click here for the full schedule of classes:

You name it and I can create some special beats and techniques! I often create programs around themes as well or include a motivational talk. Want more info? Click here!

About me:
I’m a Certified Drum Therapist with the internationally-known Drums and Disabilities Program and I serve on their Board of Advisors. I’ve also trained with Health Rhythms (developed by neurologist Dr. Barry Bittman and Remo Drums), African drummer Onye Onyemaechi, and the American Association of Christian Counselors. I’m a professional percussionist who has played with local bands and international artists and in church bands. I’m also a Toca Percussion artist and I proudly endorse Toca products.

“Dori, you rock!! Your enthusiasm and passion are evident and contagious. I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate your tireless work to help people achieve their highest potential. The drumming is great and has helped immensely. Doing the drumming regularly has helped my son heal from a very serious injury that was sustained on the football field and has helped me as well. However, it is you and your innate perception of people that sets you apart. I can’t think of anyone better the help guide a person in their journey of building a better life for themselves. ~ Kim Westbrook, Clinton, NC

I so appreciate you offering me the opportunity to play, for the first time in public, the drum I made last summer. You have a unique ability to empower your students to let down their guard and play freely and authentically without fear of being judged or criticized. It was an unexpected gift and an experience that I have taken with me into other areas of my life. Thank you! Keep on rockin’, Dori! ~ Leigh S. Raleigh

Therapeutic Drumming: Articles and Research

Health Rhythm Program and Research
Rhythm Research Resources
10 Health Reasons to Start Drumming
Drumming Benefits for Kids with Autism
Music and Drums Can Ease Depression