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date: 22 October 2019

Bonny, Helen Lindquistlocked

  • Lisa Summer


(b Rockford, IL, March 31, 1921). American music therapy clinician, educator, and researcher. She received degrees from Oberlin College Conservatory (BM violin performance 1943), the University of Kansas (music therapy equivalency 1964, MME 1968), and Union Institute and College in Cincinnati, Ohio (PhD 1976). She is acknowledged as the first pioneer in humanistic/transpersonal music psychotherapy for the method she developed in 1970: Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), alternatively referred to as the “Bonny Method.” GIM sessions combine a relaxation procedure with evocative classical music. A trained therapist assists the client in experiencing music as a vehicle for psychological and spiritual transformation. After developing GIM, Bonny was director of music therapy at Catholic University (1975–9). She also disseminated her method and its adaptations through her Institute for Music and Consciousness in Baltimore, Maryland (1972–9), and at the Bonny Foundation for Music-centered Therapies in Salina, Kansas (...

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