Meet Ami Kunimura

Ami Kunimura, Ph.D., MT-BC

Ami Kunimura, Ph.D., MT-BC


Ami Kunimura, Ph.D., MT-BC is the founder of The Self-Care Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine and is a board-certified music therapist.

Ami provides therapeutic support for individuals and organizations worldwide with burnout prevention, burnout recovery, stress management, and sustainable self-care.

Ami has worked with organizations such as Alaska Airlines, Procter & Gamble, California Park and Recreation Society, and various healthcare, corporate, and non-profit organizations.

Ami has presented on self-care and occupational burnout at international events and conferences. She has also developed and facilitated research-based educational courses and programs on burnout prevention and self-care.

Ami has taught as a lecturer at UCLA and as an adjunct graduate faculty member at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and Saybrook University. As a board-certified music therapist since 2006, Ami specializes in mental health, trauma, and addictions treatment.

Ami received a Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine from Saybrook University, MA in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and BA in Psychology from Loyola Marymount University.

Ami (pronounced Ah-me) was born and raised in Hawaii, and splits her time between Southern California and The Big Island of Hawaii.

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March 12, 2022 Able Voice Podcast “Self-Care: The Tough Love Friend with Ami Kunimura”

August 29, 2021 Creative Peacemeal Podcast “Ami Kunimura”

October 27, 2020 MT Mentor Podcast “MT Mentor with Guest Mentor Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC”

August 28, 2019 Music Therapy Chronicles Episode #16. “A Journey Through Burnout: Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC (Part 1)”

September 4, 2019 Music Therapy Chronicles Episode #17. “Self-Care: Ami Kunimura, MA, MT-BC (Part 2)”



Kunimura, A. (2023). Striving for fulfillment: A grounded theory of the transformation of burnout to well-being. (Publication No. 30522507) [Doctoral dissertation, Saybrook University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. https://www.proquest.com/docview/2825023120

Kunimura, A. (2022). The intersections of race, burnout, and self-care in social justice and music therapy. Music Therapy Perspectives, 40(2) 182-191. https://doi.org/10.1093/mtp/miac002

Kunimura, A. (2016). Resilience Over Burnout: A Self-Care Guide for Music Therapists. https://www.selfcareinstitute.com/ebook-music-therapists/ ISBN 978-0-692-75212-8

Kunimura, A. (2014). Harmony Handbook Vol. 1: Resources for Music Therapists Working with Adolescents and Adults in Mental Health Treatment https://www.harmonyresource.com/resources/


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