Guided Imagery and Music
In Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), the therapist or “guide” facilitates music listening experiences that deepen your relationship to your inner world.
The therapist will invite you to close your eyes, and guide you into a relaxed, non-ordinary state of consciousness, in which you will listen to specially-chosen, recorded music. The therapist is your guide, helping you experience the music through imagery, memories, physical sensations, and feeling states.
These sessions can range from anywhere between 50 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the goals of the therapy process and the specific focus of the session.
Shorter GIM experiences (music lasts anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes, with the use of repeated music) invite specific, conscious focus on internal strengths or areas of conflict. Breathing awareness reduces tension and improves internal focus; individually-tailored recorded or live music deepens your access to internal strengths and resources or areas of conflict; and image-making strengthens your connection to the inner experience.
Longer music programs (music lasts between 20 and 50 minutes) encourage expanded “travel,” and are appropriate for clients who are well connected to their inner resources, and already have some insight into their sources of tension. The longer GIM “journeys” are more explorative in nature, and may open you to previously unexplored areas of consciousness.
Guided Imagery and Music can help you reconnect to a positive self-image that can become an anchor during difficult experiences, or help you develop insight into issues that are a challenge to your health. At it’s deepest level, GIM, and the kind of listening that it invites, can transform the psyche.
As a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery, I adhere to the Ethical Code of Conduct and Standards of Practice outlined by the association. Because of the use of non-ordinary states of consciousness, it is very important that you do this type of psychotherapy work with a therapist who has trained and completed all requirements for Fellowship. You can read more about the Association of Music and Imagery and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music here and find a practitioner through the website.