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, break free from whatever is holding you back – and find your joy!

Therapeutic drumming helped me heal and bounce back after an accident and now I help others. Due to COVID-19, I’m now offering all my private and semi-private sessions virtually via Zoom. Isn’t it time to rock the next stage of your life?

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 also the only Certified Drum Therapist in the state of North Carolina. I’m a also a Christian with a great bounce-back story, so my connection to drumming is very deep and heart-felt.

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. I also offer Christian-based programs for churches, youth groups, and individuals. For group events, I bring drums for everyone! Yes, we can do this wearing face masks!

For private sessions, I’ve found that weekly sessions for 2-3 months work best. If you or your child needs help moving forward, I’m offering some specials on my virtual drum therapy packages. These weekly sessions include:

* 30 or 45 min. of customized drum therapy exercises
* Mentoring to help reset your mindset
* Encouragement and drumming affirmations
* Exercises to do at home

You’d need a drum on your end. If you don’t have one, I have djembes for sale for a reasonable price. These are shipped directly to you from the distributor. No drumming experience necessary! If you can count, you can drum! Contact me for pricing or more info!

Extra bonus for the 3-month program: It includes a free drum!

FREE classes for locals!

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. Face masks are required and social distancing is observed. Special thanks to the town of Fuquay-Varina for sponsoring these monthly classes!

Dori the Drum Chick

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