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As a musician, performer, and recording artist, Molly Scott has devoted her performing and songwriting career to supporting issues of peace and social justice. As a therapist and educator, Dr. Scott has focused her clinical work and research on the role that vocal resonance plays in the healing process, particularly in the treatment of trauma.
A pioneer in the use of the voice in therapy, Molly Scott began to develop her healing work with the voice as a young singer when she became curious about the effect her own voice had upon her feelings and her health. She began leading groups in the 1970’s and has expanded her work with the voice and healing into a therapeutic model called Creative Resonance which she has been teaching for more than twenty years in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Trained in individual and family therapy, she also has training in EMDR, and Cranio-sacral therapy. Her Creative Resonance work includes the Deep Story protocol for treatment of trauma, and Sound as Touch sonic bodywork. She is the director of the Creative Resonance Institute, which offers trainings in the use of voice to healing professionals. She also works with singers, musicians, and writers in heightening creativity and performance and presentation skills.
Scott first came to Western Massachusetts as a Smith College student where she started her professional career as an undergraduate, singing on both the East and West coast in clubs and coffeehouses. On finishing her degree she moved to New York where she was part of the early folk music revival of the 60’s along with peers Judy Collins, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan. She was the first performer at the legendary Greenwich Village folk club, Gerde’s Folk City.
After making her first album,”Waitin’ On You” with Prestige Records in the early 60’s, Scott moved to broaden her scope from folk music to theater and television and made a successful career in New York as singer, actor and performer, including recording, theater, film, and hosting her own television show on CBS. She also frequently appeared on children’s television shows including Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street.
She moved back to Western Massachusetts with her family in the 1970s, started the musical group "Sumitra", and turned her musical and compositional talents towards supporting peace and environmental causes. Acknowledging that her desire to "teach and help people" had always been strong factor in her work with music, Scott eventually returned to school to receive a masters and doctoral degree in Consulting Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She teaches counseling at Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H, has a private practice in Shelburne Falls and Charlemont, MA and is on staff with the MSPCC Family Counseling Center in Greenfield, MA. Her poems have appeared in several journals and she is working on a collection of her poetry and a book on the role of voice in therapy
Widely known in the New England area for her music, Scott has performed with the Mohawk Trail Concerts, the Springfield Symphony, the Iron Horse Music Hall, and given many benefits for peace and environmental causes. She has made nine recordings including We Are All One Planet, Honor the Earth, Sound of Light, and a live audience recording from after 9-11, called Sanctuary: Songs of Hope and Healing, all on the Sumitra label.