What is GIM?

The Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is a music-induced psychotherapy that allows you to access inner self to promote healing, integration, and growth. It involves the use of music programs and spontaneous Imagery in altered states of consciousness and is different from many relaxation modalities with music or hypnosis. GIM was established by Dr. Helen Bonny in 1970s. She discovered the power of specific classical music in healing through experiments at Maryland Psychiatric Institute and developed the original 18 GIM programs. Now GIM is utilized for self-exploration and discovery, personal and spiritual growth, empowerment, emotional expression and release, grief and loss, integration of body, mind, and spirit, emotional and physical disorders, as well as addictions and recovery all over the world.

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Who benefits from GIM?

GIM believes that the answers lie within. Researches and case studies show that GIM is beneficial for people who seek assistance with:

  • Grief and loss
  • Psychological trauma, PTSD
  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Depression, depressed mood, and sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Physical pain, health issues
  • Cancer
  • Stress
  • Clarity in life
  • Life changes, such as marriage and divorce
  • Career issues
  • Relationships
  • Creativity
  • Unbalance of body and mind
  • Questions in life

GIM session process

A private session requires one hour to one and a half hours. In a typical GIM session, the client (“traveler”) and the therapist (“guide”) work together. The process starts with a discussion of the traveler’s issues and concerns to focus on an intention for the session. Based on the intention, the guide selects a music program. Then the guide gives a brief relaxation (“induction”) and plays the program. As listening to music, the traveler reports the spontaneous images, body sensations, and emotions. The guide asks questions to deepen the images, and supports and encourages the traveler’s journey. After the music program, the traveler gains insights through discussing about images, symbolisms, and metaphors that came up during the music program.

Session Fees

1 session (90 minutes)                           7000 yen