How does Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) work?
The client listens to a programme of music in a relaxed state, allowing subconscious material in the form of imagery, memories or feelings to surface into conscious awareness. This experience is then shared verbally with the therapist (guide). During the session the guide interacts through the employment of a series of non-analytical, non-directive interventions. Each session is made up of a preliminary discussion, induction/relaxation, guided music imaging and return/postlude discussion, lasting 1 to 2 hours. A more thorough description of the method and its roots by the originator Helen Lindquist Bonny can be found here.