Clinical applications of Guided Imagery and Music

Clinical applications of Guided Imagery and Music

Abstract

An overview of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (G.I.M.) is presented, describing the four stages of the G.I.M. session: the pre-music discussion of the client’s issues, the relaxation induction and focus, the music and imagery experience and the post-music discussion. Examples of imagery experienced by the client are described, including visual, auditory, kinesthetic and transpersonal images. A review of clinical applications of Guided Imagery and Music shows that imagery evoked by the music is symbolic of underlying issues and conflicts, and that the G.I.M. experience enables resolution of these issues to take place. G.I.M. is described in the treatment of clients who have been abused in childhood, those recovering from mastectomy and from fibroid tumors. Adaptations of G.I.M. are described for brain damaged clients, autistic adolescents, in work with older adults and in hospice care. A discussion of neuropsychology of G.I.M. is presented to illustrate the synchronicity of the auditory stimulus, the imagery experienced and the affect associated with memories aroused.


Keywords: Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, music therapy


Citation

Erdonmez, D. (1992). Clinical applications of Guided Imagery and Music. Australian Journal of Music Therapy, 3, 37-44.


Date published: July 1992