What is GIM?

The Bonny Method Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) is an experiential form of music psychotherapy that allows you to access inner self to promote healing, integration, and growth. It involves the use of pre-designed music programs and spontaneous imagery in dream-like state called the non-ordinary state of consciousness. This method is different from relaxation modalities with music or hypnosis.

GIM was established by Dr. Helen Bonny in 1970s through her research at Maryland Psychiatric Institute. She found that music has potential for inner healing 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, integration of body, mind, and spirit, emotional and recovery from addictions and physical illness.

For more information about GIM, please visit the Association for Music and Imagery (

Who benefits from GIM?

GIM believes that every person holds inner wisdom and answers reside 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
  • Existential issues

GIM session process

A private session lasts 90 minutes. The process starts with a discussion of your issues and concerns to bring an intension for the session. Based on the intention, I will select a music program. Then I will invite you to lie down on a mattress or sofa and give you a brief relaxation called induction to relax your body and focus your mind. When you are in a calm state, I will play a music program, which typically lasts for 30 to 40 minutes. As you  listen to music,I will encourage you to verbally report what emerges spontaneously. You may have visual imagery, metaphoric images and symbols, emotions and feelings, kinesthetic or sensory responses, and intuitions to stimulation of music.  I will asks questions to deepen your imagery experience and assist you continue your inner journey. After the music program has ended, we will talk about your imagery to integrate your experience and  find meanings and gain insights into your intension for the session.

Session Fees

Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

1 session (90 – 100 minutes)                           12000 yen

Weekends, Mon-Fri after 5:00 pm

1 session (90-100 minutes)                           13000 yen