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Guided Imagery & Music Psychotherapy

What is Guided Imagery and Music & The Bonny Method?

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Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a therapeutic process based upon humanistic and transpersonal psychology that uses music to create an environment to facilitate personal insight that provides answers and guidance for significant life issues. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (Bonny Method) is a “music centered exploration of consciousness which uses specifically sequenced music programs to stimulate and sustain a dynamic unfolding of inner experiences” (AMI, 2000).

Association for Music and Imagery [AMI]. (2000). Welcome. Retrieved from Association for Music & Imagery

Who Benefits from the Bonny Method?

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The Bonny Method has been used successfully with for a wide range of clients and holds the potential for uncovering deep emotional issues and unconscious material. It has been found to be useful for people seeking assistance with:

  • Relationship Problems
  • Career Changes
  • Health Issues
  • Stress and Anxiety Related Issues
  • Spiritual and Existential questions
  • Grief and Loss
  • Depression
  • Addiction
  • Sexual, Physical and Emotional Abuse
  • Clarity about Life Experiences

What Happens in a Bonny Method Session?

  1. Client and therapist find a therapeutic focus for the session.
  2. Therapist provides a relaxation induction
  3. Music-imagery experience (The client images to music and dialogues with the therapist sharing images and responding to questions)
  4. Therapist helps the client bring closure to the imagery experience, and return to an alert state of consciousness.

To learn more about the Bonny Method visit AMI