About Music Therapy
The Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music
Mentoring and skill-sharing



The Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) is a receptive form of Music Therapy offering a transformational approach to life. 

BMGIM involves listening to pre-recorded music in a deeply relaxed state. Carefully selected programmes of mostly classical music evoke imagery, memories, body sensations, insights or emotions. Experiences are shared with the therapist as guide, who helps to deepen the process.

BMGIM offers personal insight and coping strategies for:

  •  Anyone looking for a more creative approach to personal development
  •  Those seeking support and clarity around times of change
  •  The effects of stress, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement
  •  Those who have suffered trauma or abuse
  •  Long-term or life-limiting conditions
  •  Musicians and artists wishing to explore their creativity and relationship to music
  •  Therapists as part of their continuing professional development
  •  Trainees in psychotherapy or the arts therapies 


An individual session usually lasts between one and a half to two hours and has four stages:

Prelude – discussion with the therapist about how the client is feeling and what they hope to get from the session 

Relaxation Induction – the client relaxes in a sitting or lying down position as the therapist helps them to reach a deeply relaxed state through visualisation and focussing on the breath 

Journey with Music – the main part of the session, lasting approximately 40 minutes. The client listens to the music and shares any imaging with the therapist as it is happening. The therapist supports the client with the unfolding and deepening of imagery and sensations, while helping them to connect to the music

Postlude – the client is assisted in moving from the deeply relaxed state while listening to the music, to normal consciousness. Experiences can then be processed through talking and/or drawing. Clients may also choose to improvise on a range of accessible musical instruments with musical support from the music therapist. 

GIM is practised over a series of sessions to enable clients to use GIM effectively. Individual sessions can take place in a designated therapy centre, at the therapist’s home or in your own home. A modified approach is also available for groups.  

For more information or to arrange a consultation session please email mailto:maiscotland@gmail.com

Privacy and confidentiality are assured at all times.

To learn more about the 'Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music' you may like to visit www.engim.info and www.ami-bonnymethod.org


For training in the Helen Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music or accessible receptive and modified techniques please contact UK Primary Trainers:

Martin Lawes    martin.mt@virgin.net

Prof. Leslie Bunt   leslie_bunt@hotmail.com


You can find recent studies on music psychology, biological psychology and emotion and the work of Prof Stephan Koelsch at