Music, as a structured envelope of sound, is probably the most effective and safe opener to the doors of the psyche.
It reaches beyond personal defences to the realities and beauties of the person. Music gives access to the discovery of inner strength,
uncovers the potential for creativity, and manifests ways in which life can be lived from a centre of inner security (Helen Bonny).
Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) (The Bonny Method) is a form of music-centred transformational psychotherapy taught and practised throughout the world. In contemporary practice, a spectrum of GIM and Music and Imagery (MI) methods are used, so that work can be undertaken in different ways and with clients who have a wide range of difficulties.
The Integrative GIM Training Programme is a UK based post-MA level training in GIM and MI, endorsed by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI). It is intended for music therapists, arts therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. Those who complete satisfactorily are eligible to become Fellows of AMI and qualified to practice.
The training programme also provides Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for qualified GIM therapists and trainees.
This website provides information for those interested in training. Information about practitioners in the UK and Ireland can be found on the website of the Music and Imagery Association of the UK & Ireland. Information about practitioners worldwide can be found on the website of the USA based Association for Music and Imagery.
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