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Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) and Music Imagery Methods for Individual and Group Therapy

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This is the first book to systematically describe the range of approaches used in music imagery and Guided Imagery and Music across the lifespan, from young children through to palliative care with older people.

Covering a broad spectrum of client populations and settings, international contributors present various adaptations of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery to accommodate factors such as time restraints, context (including hospitals, schools, and the wider community), client symptomology, and the increasing use of more contemporary music. Each chapter presents a different model and includes background information on the client group, the type of approach, elements of approach (including length of the session, choice of music, verbal interventions during the music, and discussion of the experience), and theoretical orientation and intention. A nomenclature for the range of approaches is also included.

This information will be a valued guide for both practitioners and students of Guided Imagery and Music and receptive methods of music therapy.
  • Published: May 21 2015
  • Pages: 400
  • 250 x 190mm
  • ISBN: 9781849054836
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Press Reviews

  • Gro Trondalen, PhD, SET, CMT, Fellow of AMI, Professor of Music Therapy, Director of Centre for Music and Health, Norwegian Academy of Music

    This book is immensely useful. The authors offer invaluable ideas about how to apply methods of intentional music listening in a variety of settings and populations, both individually and in groups. This volume is a rich resource to reflect on and examine focused music listening as a resource to support life itself.
  • Liz Moffitt, MA, MTA, Fellow and Primary Trainer, AMI, Professor Emeritus, Capilano University, Vancouver, Canada

    Denise Grocke and Torben Moe have produced a timely gem of a book. With its wide diversity, it demonstrates the enormous creativity of GIM therapists who have modified and adapted Helen Bonny's method of Guided Imagery and Music for their clients. This is a collection of articles by GIM practitioners from around the world working with a broad spectrum of clientele, from the young to the elderly, from addressing workplace issues to treating long term clinical conditions. For all students and practitioners of GIM, this is essential reading. It is also highly informative for anyone interested in the transformative power of music and imagery.
  • Dr Dag Körlin, MD, PhD, Senior Consultant in Psychiatry, Primary trainer of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM)

    Music can have a life changing effect and can be used for therapeutic purposes. Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), humanistic in outlook and informed by scientific research, is a method in which you listen to music in a relaxed state and explore the feelings and images that are evoked. Twenty individual and group adaptations of the method, developed for a range of psychosomatic and psychiatric populations and age groups, are presented here. A section is devoted to the development of music used in different clinical contexts.
  • Leslie Bunt, Professor in Music Therapy, The University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and GIM practitioner and primary trainer

    This important book is a rich and diverse compendium of approaches to the evolving practice of Guided Imagery and Music. The editors, Denise Grocke and Torben Moe, have assembled a group of international writers who demonstrate the transformative potential of GIM and how the method can be modified and adapted in individual and group work in a wide range of settings.