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The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music

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The history of The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) began at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in the 1960s when researchers, including Helen Bonny, were provided grants to explore altered states of consciousness. Later, Helen Bonny, a classically trained musician and music therapist, continued her research independently, where she integrated the power of music and the knowledge of healing in non-ordinary states of consciousness to develop The Bonny Method.


GIM is an evidenced-based, depth-oriented psychotherapy that uses specifically designed musical programs that evoke personal imagery to access and explore the human psyche. The process induces a non-ordinary or altered state which opens one’s perceptions and awareness to underlying levels of consciousness. 


Experience with the GIM process allows participants to connect with the wisdom of the body and the subconscious mind and provides encouragement to explore deeply held emotions, belief systems, and core values. As a GIM Fellow, Jessica uses this protocol to encourage movement in and through difficult emotions, to validate feelings, and to support the client in learning to trust the process of healing. Therapeutic work with GIM can eventually lead to core integration of body, mind, and spirit and alignment of inner and outer realities.