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GIM Fellow and GIM Primary Trainer:

Kobie Temmingh Swart

Qualifications GIM Fellow and GIM Primary Trainer, registered with AMI (Association for Music and Imagery)
Music Therapist, M.Mus. (Music Therapy), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, registered with the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa) and SANATA (South African National Arts Therapies Association)
Qualified MARI Practitioner
Location Johannesburg
Cell Phone 083 656 4737

Kobie co-founded the Masters’ Degree Program in Music Therapy at the University of Pretoria in 1999 and has 25 years of experience in music therapy practice and training. She continues to offer lectures and clinical supervision on a part-time basis at the University of Pretoria. She qualified as GIM Fellow in 2010, and became the first African GIM Primary Trainer in 2015.

She has a keen interest in Jungian and transpersonal psychology and is a member of GAPMG of SAAJA (Gauteng Associate Professional Members Group of the Southern African Association of Jungian Analysts).

In her private practice she uses GIM and its adaptations, Creative Music Therapy, and the Expressive Arts Therapies in individual and group work with children, teenagers and adults. Her work has revolved around needs associated with autism, anxiety, loss and grief, depression, stress, burn-out, relational difficulties, archetypal work, creativity, team building, and personal and spiritual growth and transformation.

GIM Fellows:

Christel Andersen (Engelbrecht)

Qualifications Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) Fellow
Location Pretoria, occasionally also Cape Town and KZN
Cell Phone 082-3967806

Christel is an individual and group facilitator, who uses a wide variety of modalities to access the universal language of symbol: GIM – Guided Imagery and music, sound healing, process art, MARI, numerology, shamanic practices, nature and soul holidays. The various processes allow her clients to go on a journey of discovery into their own consciousness – unlocking their full human potential. This facilitates spiritual and personal growth, transformation and healing. Christel believes in the healing power of symbol, expressed especially through music and art, as well as each individuals own potential to heal themselves.

Jennifer Blenkinsop

Qualifications Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) Fellow
Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy)
Certified Hand Therapist (USA)
Complex Lymphoedema Therapist (Casely-Smith)
Location Johannesburg
Cell Phone 082-828-7024

Jennifer is specialising in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation, Management of Lymphoedema in Oncology related and non-oncology related conditions. The state of or inner world directly affects our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. My special interest is to use Guided Imagery and Music to foster and facilitate transformation in our inner worlds. This transformation can enable us to better manage and experience our relationships, our spiritual lives, health problems, our life and our death. My focus will be with people with health problems, cancer survivors and the terminally ill, as well as people seeking personal and spiritual growth and healing.

Cynthia Cullingworth

Qualifications Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) Intern
Registered Psychological Counsellor
Trauma Counsellor
Location George and Garden Route
Cell Phone 0795208198

Cynthia is in private practice, but also works several hours a month for the Family and Marriage Society of South Africa (FAMSA). She counsels mainly adults and older teens, covering a wide spectrum of life issues; GIM forms a valuable part of therapy. Her specialisation is Trauma Counseling, and she is especially interested in working with women in difficult circumstances.

Karen de Kock

Qualifications MMus Music Therapy, University of Pretoria
BMus Honours, Ethnomusicology, UCT
BMus Performers, Singing, UCT
Cert in Crisis Debriefing/Trauma Counselling, UNISA
Location Irene, Pretoria
Cell Phone 084-7927865
Land Line 012-6674224

Karen’s special interest is in combining the emotional release and exploration of the human voice with imagery, towards expression and restoration. She attended Johnathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds Intensive in Colorado (2006) and Jill Purce’s The Healing Voice in Santa Fe (2008). She offered a workshop at the 11th GIM Conference in Laguardia, Spain (2010) to a group of healthcare professionals. She offers her method to groups in private mental health hospitals and in corporate workshops. She
runs a private practise at home, specialising in mental healthcare.

Sonet du Toit

Qualifications Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Fellow, registered with the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI)
Registered Counsellor (BPsych), registered with the HPCSA
Industrial Psychologist (MA), registered with the HPCSA
MARI Practitioner
Location Vaal Triangle
Cell phone 082 467 3933

Sonet du Toit is an experienced practitioner in private practice, also providing organisational wellness consulting services. Her practice’s main areas of specialisation include assisting clients to deal with bereavement and loss, burnout, as well as emotional, behavioural and relationship challenges. She works mainly with adults, but also with teenagers and bereaved children. Apart from being a Registered Counsellor she is also a Registered Industrial Psychologist, MARI Practitioner and is trained in Hypnotherapy and Play Therapy, enabling in a multi-faceted, holistic approach. She strongly believes in the value of using music in therapy and uses BMGIM in individual and organisational settings to explore the layers of the psyche. Her ultimate objective and passion is the facilitation of growth journeys to achieve optimal expression of every individual’s and organisation’s potential.

Petra Jerling

Qualifications HPCSA registered Music Therapist (AT0001058)
M. Mus. Music Therapy UP
M.A. Positive Psychology (Cum Laude) NWU
Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery (USA)
MARI practitioner
Location Nelspruit

Petra runs a private practice where she works with different clientele from small children to elderly people. She has a special interest in Substance Use Disorder and how music therapy, especially GIM, can make a difference in the healing process. She is currently training in the Continuum Model of Music and Imagery under Lisa Summer and will be proposing to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria soon.

Dr. Carol Lotter (Ph.D)

Qualifications Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Fellow.
MMus (Music Therapy), UP Music Therapy Training Programme Music Department
Location Pretoria
Land Line 012-4205372
Fax 012-4204517

Carol Lotter is the Co-ordinator of the MMus (Music Therapy) Training Programme and BMus (Hons) Music Communication, at the University of Pretoria. She has a private practice working with both adults and children, employing both conventional Music Therapy techniques, as well as GIM techniques. Carol is involved in training counsellors and clinicians in using creative strategies in clinical settings and is involved in various community initiatives.

Diane Maris

Qualifications Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Fellow, registered with AMI (Association for Music and Imagery)
MARI Practitioner and trainer
Professional Musician & Art Process Facilitator
Location Cape Town
Cell Phone 082-926-0548
Land Line 021-683-9009
Fax 021-671-0539

Diane has a special interest in the therapeutic value of the creative arts. She uses GIM and MARI with individuals and groups of all ages to stimulate creativity and deep personal transformation. She incorporates energy medicine and a range of process art techniques in her work. Her years as a percussionist with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra, have given her tools for offering support to performing musicians through music listening, visual expression with art materials, and body work. As an international facilitator, Diane interacts with BMGIM fellows throughout the world, laying foundations for the ongoing adaptation of BMGIM. She is the owner and custodian of The Healing Room in Claremont, Cape Town, which focuses on personal and environmental clarity and support through cleansing.

Anelle Naude-Lester

Qualifications Psychologist GIM Fellow
MA (Psych) UFS, FAMI
Pr no 8642265
Location Bellville, Cape Town
Land Line 021 948 0158

Anelle is an experienced psychologist in private practice in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. She actively employs BMGIM as meaning-making therapeutic tool if appropriate. Her practice is defined by engaging with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, members of LGBTQI+ communities, related partner (couples) work, trauma, anxiety, burnout and depressed mood. She also enjoys engaging in group work where women can find a space and opportunity to author their preferred life stories. Anelle works predominantly from a poststructural narrative stance and actively strives to provide a voice and language to all her clients, as well as marginalised communities.

Helen Oosthuizen

Qualifications GIM Fellow
Music Therapist (MMus (Music Therapy)), registered with the HPCSA (AT0000612)
Location Hilton, Pietermaritzburg
Cell Phone 082 482 5906

Helen currently runs a private practice facilitating workshops, groups and individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults struggling with illness, disability, trauma and those interested in personal, professional and/or spiritual formation. Helen has specialised in working with groups of young people who have committed offences. She is currently pursuing PhD studies on this work with Melbourne University, Australia. Helen is a co-editor for the book: Taking Music Seriously: Stories for South African Music Therapy, has published journal articles and book chapters on music therapy and currently serves as an editor for the online journal: Voices: A World Forum for Music Therapy.

Anja Pollard

Qualifications Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) Fellow.
Music Therapist (MMus (Music Therapy)), registered with the HPCSA
Professional Musician (Voice and saxophone)
Location Pretoria East
Cell Phone 084 206 8471

Anja runs a therapy practice focused on promoting mental wellness through the creative arts. She is an avid advocate for Maternal Mental Health and has a special interest in supporting parents of premature infants. She also works with a variety of other client populations affected by physical-, emotional-, cognitive- and interpersonal challenges, as well as clients interested in personal and spiritual growth. Her private practice is a calm space where clients develop and learn to use personal strategies for adapting well in their circumstances.

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