The Central Tenets of GIM: Consciousness and the Integration of Psychotherapy and Spirituality


The Bonny Method
Helen Bonny

How to Cite

Goldberg, F. S., & Dimiceli-Mitran, L. (2010). The Central Tenets of GIM: Consciousness and the Integration of Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3).



Spirituality and psychotherapy are both inherent in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. This article discusses the integration of these aspects of GIM and the evolution of Helen Bonny's journey in this regard. Included are Bonny's early humanistic and transpersonal influences, along with her grounding philosophy of the healing aspects of music, the central tenets of GIM as she initially envisioned, and the development of GIM theory as it relates to this integration. A GIM case study illustrates how psychotherapy and spirituality work together in a holistic way. Current trends indicate that transpersonal practices are becoming more mainstream in many areas of the world.

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