The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery & Music
Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) was developed in the 1970s by a music therapist, Helen Bonny. Over the years, a spectrum of GIM and Music and Imagery (MI) methods have been developed. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is a music-centered form of psychotherapy which addresses a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties, and self-development by accessing the subconscious through selected classical music. NO musical or artistic experience is necessary to participate.
A typical Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music session is approximately 2 hours and includes the following:
Prelude or Preliminary Conversation: This is a time we discuss your current life situation and set a focus for the session together. It resembles a counseling-type discussion to discover how you are feeling and your difficulties. Your mood and energy level is assessed to select a music program that fits the focus of the session. We will then move into the ‘music travel’ to explore this focus.
Induction: During the induction, you will lay down and close your eyes. I will offer a guided relaxation for your body and to focus your mind inward to prepare for the music.
Music Travel: Once the music begins, my role changes to being a facilitator and bearing witness to your travels. You will verbalize any images, feelings, sensations, memories, or any awareness evoked by the music. My interactions with you during your travel will help you develop and expand your musical journey. The music serves as a vehicle to allow you to explore your deeper states of awareness.
Postlude (Post-Session Discussion): After approximately 35-45 minutes of music, I will slowly facilitate a return to wakeful state of awareness and we will review what you experienced in your travels and what stood out most. We may utilize a mandala or other creative exploration to assist you in further connecting to your experience. We may also discuss how you can take the experience and any insight into your daily life. Because the images you experienced are your own creation, they are more in tune with your subconscious. Your music and imagery experiences are reflections of you and are unique to your personal relationships, feelings, and personality.
Again, NO musical or artistic experience is necessary to participate.
“Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens.”
– Maria von Trapp
Guided Imagery and Music is a music-centered psychotherapy which connects you with the deepest parts of your subconscious through a music-evoked imagery journey. This approach can assist you in accessing the heart of your concerns more quickly than other therapeutic approaches alone.
Music therapy services are individualized to meet each clients needs and desires. These can be conducted in either individual or group settings through musical interventions such as song writing, improvisation, drumming, singing, or lyric analysis.
Legacy Songs utilize a recording of your loved one’s heartbeat as the rhythmic base to a uniquely individualized song. These songs are created as legacies to memorialize a part of your loved one forever. I will meet with you and your loved one to discuss your personal legacy song, including a recording sample of your loved one’s heartbeat. After, I will take the song of your choosing and incorporate your loved one’s heartbeat to create a unique, personalized song for you and your family.
Feeling stuck or burnt out in your clinical work? Supervision can be a way to delve deeper and find new insight into how you can expand your clinical practice and skills.
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