The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-centered psychotherapy. It uses music to evoke a variety of images, body sensations, emotions, and memories. This can help a person move through difficult issues, reflect more deeply on their life’s journey, and make choices that result in a more meaningful life.
I can’t guarantee that GIM will help every client, although I do believe it can help many. However, clients who are most likely to succeed in therapy tend to have these characteristics:
Perhaps you have been involved in traditional talk therapy successfully for years but have recently found that you are feeling “stuck” or “blocked” in your progress. Or maybe it worked for you in the past, and you simply want to try a different approach this time. Many people find that GIM gets to the heart of the problems they are dealing with more quickly. This music-centered approach works as a mind-body intervention to connect you with your own deepest wisdom. It is a means to develop greater self-awareness, wellness, and creativity in transforming personal, career, health, and relationship challenges. I am continually awed by the power of music to help you in achieving goals, developing greater confidence in your own inner resources, and making choices that result in a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
Research has shown that GIM can be very effective for people experiencing depression, anxiety, and PTSD. It can also be beneficial for those struggling with self-esteem problems, relationship difficulties, or lifelong dysfunctional patterns. Also, people undergoing cancer treatments and those with chronic pain have experienced benefits from GIM. It’s typically not recommended for people experiencing a severe mental health crisis or those too young to understand what’s happening. People diagnosed with Alzheimer’s/dementia usually don’t gain much benefit.
In a GIM experience, one becomes a “traveler” on an inner journey with the GIM therapist working as a guide to assist the process. Sessions generally last 1 to 1½ hours.
The imagery in GIM is not directed from a script, and it does not come from the guide. The imagery unfolds from the person experiencing the session in a spontaneous manner stimulated by the music. This process works easily, without having to think about or plan the imagery. You simply go with the music, and allow the process to unfold.
GIM music playlists are chosen from the great masterworks of composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and many others. However, some playlists include more modern New Age selections. Most of the selected music was researched by GIM founder, Dr. Helen Bonny and formulated into these specific music playlists. GIM therapists are trained in the use of these programs and the methods necessary to create an optimal environment and assist travelers in their imagery journeys. Also, your musical likes/dislikes are taken into consideration when choosing the music used during sessions.
If you think music therapy and/or GIM might help you, I’m always happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact me during typical business hours, and we can talk about how we can work together.