Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (The Bonny Method)?
It is a music-centered exploration of consciousness that uses specifically sequenced classical music programs to stimulate and sustain a dynamic unfolding of inner experiences, offering persons many possibilities for wholeness. Among the fundamental tenets of this method are: the acceptance of both imagery and music as therapeutic agents; the acknowledgement of both transpersonal and psychodynamic aspects of the therapeutic journey; and the search to understand the therapeutic significance of expanded awareness experiences.
Who practices The Bonny Method?
Practitioners have backgrounds in the helping professions and are graduates of Bonny Method training programs that are endorsed by the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI).
Where does one go for training in The Bonny Method?
Where does one go for Bonny Method sessions?
To find a qualified Bonny Method Practitioner in your area, look for a person with the F.A.M.I.
How is The Bonny Method different from guided imagery with music for relaxation?
In guided imagery with music for relaxation, the goal is deep relaxation. In this kind of music-assisted relaxation, the guidance is more directive and the specific images and music used in the session are chosen for their ability to promote and support the goal of relaxation. In contrast, with the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, carefully selected classical music is used to elicit and support a non-directed spontaneous imagery process, with the client reporting their inner experiences, which are followed and supported by the facilitator.
Is The Bonny Method used for individuals or for groups?
It is traditionally a one-to-one modality. However, experienced Bonny Method facilitators also make adaptations for group work.
Does a person have to be a music therapist or a musician to learn and to practice The Bonny Method?
Academic training in music as well as training in therapeutic skills are both essential to the professional practice of The Bonny Method. Performance experiences with music further enhance a person’s sensitivity to and understanding of music in much the same way as clinical experience enhances the understanding of therapeutic theory.
Why is only music from the Western classical tradition used in The Bonny Method?
That is the field of expertise of the persons who have developed and tested the core music programs used in this method. In addition, this music contains elemental, harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and structural patterns which have stood the test of time, effectively engaging persons in exploration during altered states of consciousness, and which consistently evoke imagery responses of therapeutic value.
Is there an accreditation process for facilitators of The Bonny Method?
Accreditation procedures regarding the practice of any therapeutic modality vary from country to country; and within the United States, from state to state. Within the Bonny Method, each AMI-endorsed program has entry and graduation requirements that follow guidelines established by AMI. These include training in those aspects of therapeutic skill development that are necessary for the graduate to incorporate the practice of the Bonny Method into his/her chosen field. Graduates of these programs may apply to the AMI for recognition as Fellows of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI). It is the ethical responsibility of each graduate of any AMI-endorsed training program in The Bonny Method to pursue and abide by the accreditation process of the country, state, or facility in which she/he practices.
Is there research or documentation to support The Bonny Method?
Yes. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods have been applied in the study of the Bonny Method. Many written accounts of explorations into the potentials, effectiveness, and applications of The Bonny Method appear in professional journals and books, resource newsletters, and in peer reviewed publications such as The Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery.