Embracing Life with AIDS: Psychotherapy through Guided Imagery and Music


  • Kenneth E. Bruscia Temple University




AIDS, guided imagery, music, mandalas, music therapy, psychotherapy, Bonny Method,



This case describes individual psychotherapy with Matt, a 26-year old man recently infected with the AIDS virus.  In the eleven sessions, Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) was used as the main technique within a psychodynamic orientation.  Through an intense process of imagery transformation, Matt gained insight into how traumatic events from his past prevented him from coping with the emotional challenges of living with AIDS.  Ultimately, this led him to confront one of the most important questions of his life:  Shall I live dead, or shall I die living?

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Bruscia, Temple University

Kenneth E. Bruscia is Professor of Music Therapy at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA – USA), where he has taught undergraduate and graduate students for 37 years. Board-certified as a music therapist, and Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery, he has worked clinically with diverse clientele. He has authored several books, clinical articles, and research studies, and he has presented his work internationally.




How to Cite

Bruscia, K. E. (2010). Embracing Life with AIDS: Psychotherapy through Guided Imagery and Music. Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.15845/voices.v10i3.500