Music Therapy reimagined
About the sessions
I can offer a richly creative process to help you gain insight and facilitate self -expression. You may choose to focus on GIM and mandala work, or therapeutic songwriting for example, or prefer to explore a combination of approaches, depending on your needs.
I am experienced in working with mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, with adults of all ages, and with people living with disabilities.
Sessions may take place online or in person, in a safe, covid secure environment
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Guided Imagery & Music (GIM)
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music: GIM, is a type of music psychotherapy that accesses the inner world,and deeper layers of consciousness, enabling the client to find different perspectives on presenting issues, strengthen the relationship to the self, and to discover previously inaccessible resources which may support them in their day to day lives.
GIM is a transformational process suitable for people who might be interested in personal development, exploring their creativity, those struggling with anxiety, depression or trauma, and physical issues such as complex pain or life-limiting illness. GIM may also aid exploration of the transpersonal or spiritual aspects of life.
A full length GIM session lasts approximately 1.5 hours and includes a preliminary conversation, followed by a relaxation focusing on the breath. The therapist chooses an appropriate programme of music designed to aid the client to work with the presenting issues, and during the music, a verbal dialogue ensues about the client’s images, experiences and sensations. Afterwards, integration of the experience may be aided by drawing a mandala, (see below for further information) and verbal processing with the therapist.
As an advanced trainee I am closely supervised by my primary trainer Leslie Bunt and the session fee reflects this level of training.
for further information on GIM please visit:
A mandala is a graphic representation of the inner world, centre of the psyche, or the Self. Mandalas are found in many different cultures and have been used since ancient times to aid spiritual growth, healing processes, and in mediation rituals such as in Tibetan Buddhist sand mandalas.
Carl Jung refers to the mandala as “the psychological expression of the totality of the self.” They can be particularly useful in GIM practice as a means of depicting inner experiences in tangible form.
Mandalas can help with gaining insight into the experiences with the music, and may give important information regarding the client's inner processes.
Below are some examples of mandalas:
Supervision is a journey of two, it is like an improvised song: it creates itself in the here and now, out of material from the past. It starts from a specific title, word, or sentence, and travels to the unknown, that is based on the known.
(Dorit Amir, 2001)
I studied clinical supervision at the University of the West of England and have supervised therapists working with adults with learning disabilities, running community choirs, in continuing care, and with older adults with mental health issues and dementia.
I particularly enjoy supporting the supervisee to explore the client/therapist relationship through the use of music and other creative media such as mandalas and dreamwork, and have considerable experience of providing online supervision, as well as face to face sessions.
In 2018 I presented my work at the BAMT conference; you can find out more about it in this recently published article written with a supervisee, documenting some of the processes that can happen in online working, in the Approaches Journal:
Music therapy involves co-creating music with the client to support and facilitate self-expression, communication, and to explore feelings that may be too difficult to share in words. A typical session might include a greeting song, followed by a musical improvisation using tuned and untuned percussion instruments and keyboard, etc.
Creating music together can help the client to convey feelings in a safe space, and to be heard and responded to by the therapist - which might be a new and liberating experience.
Depending on the client group and their needs, a session might also include sharing familiar songs, the use of therapeutic song-writing and song-lyric discussion, and verbal reflections on the musical interaction.
Sessions usually last 30-50 minutes depending on the client’s needs, and whether group or individual work.
I have more than 20 years experience as a qualfied music therapist and have worked with children and adults with special needs and learning disabilities, older adults living with dementia, and with adults in mental health settings.
For further information on music therapy visit the British Association for Music Therapy: