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


  • Francis Smith Goldberg
  • Louise Dimiceli-Mitran



GIM, The Bonny Method, Psychotherapy, Spirituality, Helen Bonny, imagery



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.

Author Biographies

Francis Smith Goldberg

Frances Smith Goldberg, MA, MT-BC, MFT, FAMI is Director, Therapeutic Arts Institute which offers Bonny Method of GIM training internationally and locally.,  Formerly a GIM trainer at the Bonny Foundation, she is retired Associate Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco, Dept. of Psychiatry and California Institute of Integral Studies. She retired a 30 year private practice in San Francisco and currently maintains a small practice in Indianapolis, USA

Louise Dimiceli-Mitran

Louise Dimiceli-Mitran, MA, LPC, MT-BC, FAMI maintains a private music therapy practice in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, is an assistant trainer with the Therapeutic Arts Institute and specializes in oncology music therapy at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago, USA. She is past-president of the Association for Music & Imagery and her new CD, Consciously Creating Wellness, has just been released.




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).