Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) is a form of music psychotherapy that allows you to connect with your own deepest wisdom through a music-evoked imagery journey.
GIM allows you to approach your problems from a different perspective than traditional talk therapy. It allows you to develop greater self-awareness, wellness, and creativity in transforming personal, career, health, and relationship challenges.
This music-centered approach may allow you to get to the heart of your problems more quickly than other therapeutic approaches. GIM can be effective in as little as 6 - 10 sessions, as well as in longer term work. This method can also be modified and integrated with other therapeutic approaches.
Periodically, our therapists will incorporate Mandalas or the Mandala Assessment Research Instrument (MARI) to facilitate the GIM process.
Each GIM session is structured in a similar way, so you'll know what to expect each time you arrive. The typical GIM session is comprised of four parts:
Prelude (Preliminary Discussion)
This is a counselling-type discussion during which therapist finds out how the client is feeling and about his or her difficulties. Rather than these being explored in depth verbally, this is done in the 'music travel' that follows. The therapist assesses the mood and energy of the client and selects the music program for the session. The therapist also assists the client in creating an 'intention' for the session - an area of focus the client would like to address during the music travel.
The client reclines and closes their eyes as the therapist offers suggestions for relaxing the body and focusing the mind in preparation for the music.
Once the music begins the therapist does not make suggestions as is typical in other forms of music and imagery. Instead, the client takes the therapist along on his/her journey by describing the experience as it unfolds. The therapist's role is one of facilitator and witness, to support the client's engagement with whatever experience may come. The therapist asks open-ended questions to support the client's engagement with their experience.
After the 35-45 minute period of music, the therapist facilitates a return to waking consciousness, and the client and therapist review the session together. This may involve further creative exploration featuring mandala drawing or musical improvisation, for example. The client and therapist discuss the 'music travel' and what the client felt was most important about it. They discuss how the client may be able to take the experience and any insights gained into everyday life.
GIM has been researched and demonstrated to be effective to help clients:
Reduce anxiety and stress
Promote natural grieving of losses
Reduce the effects of trauma
Address health challenges
Improve problem solving
Deepen spiritual connection
Enhance recovery from addictions
Move forward with life transitions