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Guided Imagery and Music: What’s that??

The second hottest query I get requested (the primary being “music remedy– what’s that?”) is about guided imagery and music (GIM). That is my specialty space of music remedy. So I believed I’d write a weblog publish about it since I’m certain lots of you’ll have questioned the identical factor. And in case you haven’t, effectively then you’ll be able to inform your pals to return learn all about it. 🙂  Or watch this video right here.


The Bonny Methodology of Guided Imagery And Music (GIM) is a specialty space of music remedy.  It requires an extra 3-5 years of coaching, often post-master’s diploma.  It’s a music-centered therapeutic course of used to entry the human psyche and result in self-actualization and therapeutic. It’s a very highly effective device for reaching completely different ranges of the unconscious.

Profitable GIM is achieved by combining a specifically educated {and professional} therapist (like myself!) and thoroughly chosen music. It’s a strategy of imaging to music in a relaxed mind-set whereas sharing the imagery expertise with the GIM therapist. On this relaxed mind-set, the shopper feels secure to let the music assist him/her expertise emotions which have beforehand appeared threatening or inaccessible. When used as a therapeutic device, GIM can result in an uncovering of hidden emotional responses and stimulate artistic insights. By means of the usage of music and imagery, GIM permits a person to discover, expertise and resolve private wants, relationships and life points. No musical coaching or data is required of the shopper.


In a typical GIM session, the shopper and therapist briefly focus on the intention/focus for the session. The shopper is then invited to recline on a snug mat, sofa, or chair. The therapist supplies leisure and focusing solutions to help the shopper right into a relaxed state. The therapist then selects an applicable music program and begins the music. The shopper listens to the music in a really targeted means and permits his/her creativeness to change into lively in response to the music. The shopper tells the therapist what they’re experiencing, and the therapist responds with supportive questions and feedback. The therapist makes notes and, on the finish of the music program, helps the person return from the relaxed state. Collectively they mirror on the character of the shopper’s imagery and focus on the way it applies to their life.


Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) isn’t the identical as Guided Imagery. Though each strategies faucet the unconscious for the aim of self-exploration, therapeutic, and creativity, Guided Imagery is extra directive. Plus, it’s primarily verbal in nature.  The speaker usually suggests the imagery to the listener. Within the GIM technique, the rigorously chosen music does the suggesting. Because the shopper talks concerning the pictures whereas the music is enjoying, the therapist makes feedback and asks questions concerning the pictures for extra in-depth exploration. Because the pictures are the shopper’s personal spontaneous creations, they’re extra in tune with the shopper’s unconscious than any pictures the therapist may invent.

Guided imagery is nice for practising mindfulness and leisure.  It additionally works effectively in workshops with many group members.  GIM is useful for people seeking to take care of emotional or psychological points, anxiousness, despair, and/or grief.

If you happen to’re interested by how GIM may show you how to, contact me anytime.  I’m all the time blissful to reply questions!


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