The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) is a music-centered form of psychotherapy used to access and explore the psyche, in order to facilitate personal growth, healing and transformation. BMGIM involves listening to GIM Music Programs while in a relaxed and thus deeper state of consciousness. During music listening, visual imaging occurs, where images are symbolic in nature and afford the listener access to a deeper layer of knowledge, insight and intuition than the everyday rational state. The experience is carefully prepared for prior to the music listening, contained during music listening and processed afterwards in order to maximize therapeutic benefits (see GIM EXPLAINED for more detail).
The Bonny Method of GIM was developed in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s by the American music therapist, music educator, violinist and researcher, Dr. Helen Bonny, initially in collaboration with a respected research team at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center in Baltimore. GIM has since spread across the globe and is currently practiced in 28 countries. GIM standards of practice, training and ethics are regulated by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI) (see AMI website under LINKS).
GIM was brought to South Africa in 2007 when Prof. Dr. Gina Kaestele, a licensed therapist, GIM Fellow and Primary Trainer from Germany trained the first group of South African GIM students. There are currently 13 qualified South African GIM Fellows who offer individual and group GIM sessions and workshops (see list under Contact Us).
GIM Training is currently offered in South Africa and involves an in-depth part-time training, usually spread over a period of three years. Training is available to qualified, registered mental health professionals (see GIM Training for more detail).