Aging into childhood through loss, emptiness, and recognition: A GIM case study — Katarina Mårtenson Blom

Special Issue 9 (2) 2017 “Guided Imagery and Music: Contemporary European perspectives and developments” – Article (first published on 22 December 2017)

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Aging into childhood through loss, emptiness, and recognition: A GIM case study 

Katarina Mårtenson Blom  


The article comprises a clinical case study focusing on a psychotherapeutic process using psychodynamic relational methodology integrated with Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), and analysis of the outcome of the process using the Experiential Categories of Analysis developed by Mårtenson Blom (2010, 2014). The clinical work focused on trauma-related loss and grief, and later led on to reclaiming genuine parts of the self and possible self-transcendence and spiritual development.


relational perspective, recognition process, therapeutic self-disclosure, therapeutic alliance, GIM experiential categories of analysis, process of surrender, transcendence


Katarina Mårtenson Blom qualified as a licensed psychologist in the 1970s and began her professional career in child and adolescent psychiatry. Experience in different child-guidance clinics led to her training as a licensed psychotherapist in 1989. Katarina started private practice in 1996 as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in psychotherapy. During the 1990s, she trained in Guided Imagery and Music by Frances Smith Goldberg at the Therapeutic Arts Training Institute, and acquired the Swedish psychotherapy supervisor and trainer’s licence. In November 2014 Katarina completed her PhD at the Doctoral programme in Music Therapy in Aalborg University. She has published several articles, book chapters and, with a colleague, a book on intersubjectivity.