Special Issue 9 (2) 2017 “Guided Imagery and Music: Contemporary European perspectives and developments” – Article (first published on 22 December 2017)
The Redescriptive Technique: An adaptation of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM) to bring tacit knowledge into awareness
Gabriella Giordanella Perilli
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM), is an efficient psychotherapeutic method for bringing tacit knowledge into awareness and constructing new meanings. Data from cognitive neuroscience and clinical practice supports the BMGIM process and the adaptation presented in this article, called the “Redescriptive Technique”. This homework assignment is an addition to standard BMGIM procedures based upon cognitive orientations. To strengthen the understanding of imagery metaphorical experience, verbal language is used between the client and the guide during BMGIM session, with numerous therapeutic purposes. Moreover, to enable the client to take an even greater role in reflecting and integrating different aspects of his experience in more meaningful and more helpful ways, this article proposes an addition to the classical BMGIM method; the writing of a personal narrative of the experience. The innovative adaptation may be used regardless of the therapist’s theoretical orientation.
Guided Imagery and Music, redescriptive psychotherapy, tacit knowledge
Gabriella Giordanella Perilli, PhD, is Director and Faculty Member of the School of Psychotherapy and Integrated Music Therapy in Rome, Italy.