The Bonny Institute

Frequently Asked Questions

The Bonny Institute offers educational programs which introduce and further the work of Helen Lindquist Bonny.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music?

It is a music-centered exploration of consciousness which 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?

It is practiced by persons with backgrounds in the helping professions who are graduates of The Bonny Method training programs which are endorsed by the Association for Music and Imagery.

How can I find a training program? A Bonny Method facilitator?

Lists of endorsed training programs, as well as trained facilitators are available. For further questions, please contact:

AMI Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 4286
Blaine, WA 98231-4286
Phone: 360-756-8096
[email protected]

How is The Bonny Method different from guided imagery or guided imagery with music for relaxation?

In guided imagery, or guided interactive imagery, the therapist provides the images for the therapeutic session and specifically guides and directs the verbal interaction.

In guided imagery and music for relaxation, the goal is deep relaxation. Thus, images and music used in the session are chosen for their ability to promote and support that goal.

In The Bonny Method, specific music is used to elicit and support the spontaneous imagery process of the client, which is then followed and further supported by the facilitator.

Is The Bonny Method used for individuals or for groups?

It is fundamentally a one-to-one modality. Adaptations for group work can be made by experienced facilitators.

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 affect a person's sensitivity to and understanding of music in much the same way as clinical experience enhances the understanding of therapeutic theory.

Is there a certification process for facilitators of The Bonny Method?

Certification 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 which follow guidelines established by the AMI. These include training in those aspects of therapeutic skill development which 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.

It is the ethical responsibility of each graduate of any AMI-endorsed training program in The Bonny Method to pursue and abide by the certification process of the country, state, or facility in which she/he practices.

Is there research or documentation to support The Bonny Method?

Many written accounts of explorations into the potentials, effectiveness, and applications of The Bonny Method are appearing in professional periodicals, resource newsletters, and in The Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery.