The Bonny Method: Training Innovations at Anna Maria College


  • Elaine Anne Abbott Duquesne University



Training, Innovations


In the 1970s, Helen Bonny developed the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music for use as a primary process of receptive music psychotherapy in long-term therapy. Training programs in the method traditionally taught it for use in this manner. Over the last two decades, however, modifications of the Bonny Method for use in short term therapy have inspired innovations in training. As a part of this movement, the Anna Maria College training program is innovative in three main areas: a) the music and imagery methods used to train students, b) the processes of personal development in which students are engaged, and c) the processes used for distance supervision and peer interaction.

Author Biography

Elaine Anne Abbott, Duquesne University

Elaine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Michigan State University and completed her internship at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has over 10 years of clinical experience as a music therapist in long-term care and psychiatric facilities. She became a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery in 2004 and completed her graduate degrees in Music Therapy at Temple University in 2008. She is currently Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Therapy at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. She supervises Level I and II Music and Imagery trainees at Anna Maria College in Worchester, Massachusetts. Elaine’s research interests include client and therapist experiences in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.




How to Cite

Abbott, E. A. (2010). The Bonny Method: Training Innovations at Anna Maria College. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3).