Director: Lisa Summer, Ph.D., LMHC, MT-BC, FAMI
Dr. Summer was Director of GIM Training at the Bonny Foundation for Music-Centered Therapies from 1988-1997 and has been Professor/Director of Music Therapy at Anna Maria College since 1995. In her part-time music psychotherapy practice in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, she uses classical music imagery with adults with anxiety, mood, and addiction disorders. Her primary interest is the use of classical music in psycho-dynamic and spiritual transformation; her emphasis in training is promoting music-centered practices through the examination of the personal transference relationship with music. She lectures in the U.S. and abroad; and the books, chapters and articles that chronicle her clinical work are utilized as texts internationally. She is married to an opera composer and has a 21 year old daughter in college.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Lisa Summer, Ph.D., LMHC,MT-BC, FAMI
Guided Imagery and Music in the Institutional Setting. MMB Music (1988)
Music: The New Age Elixir. Prometheus Books with Joseph Summer (1996)
[Editor] Music and Consciousness: The Evolution of Guided Imagery and Music. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
The Pure Music Transference. In Bruscia, K [Ed] The Dynamics of Music Psychotherapy. Barcelona Publishers (1998)
[Co-editor; first American music therapy journal published with a CD of clinical music examples]
Music Therapy Perspectives, Volume 19(1) The Role of Music in the Music Therapy Process (2001)
Music, Imagery, and Consciousness. Conference of the Institute for Body, Mind, and Spirituality; Lesley College; Boston, MA (2000)
Clinical Indications and Contraindications of Imagery and Music. Conference of the Japanese Association for Music Therapy; Gifu-City, Japan (2000)
Senior Faculty Consultants
Kenneth Bruscia, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI founded the bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees in music therapy at Temple University where he currently serves as Program Coordinator of the Ph.D. Program. He has served as President of the American Association for Music Therapy, Chair of the National Coalition of Arts Therapies, as an editor for four major journals (Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, Arts in Psychotherapy, Journal of Music Therapy), and founded the International Newsletter of Music Therapy.
For his exceptional service to the profession, he has received numerous awards including the American Music Therapy Association's Research and Publication Awards. As a clinician his experience is diverse, including work with individuals with intellectual disability, psychiatric disorders, cancer, AIDS, psychoneuroses, PTSD, and the elderly. He maintains a special interest in Guided Imagery and Music, especially the development of theory and research paradigms for GIM. In addition to his many pioneering interests Ken has found additional time to further the practice of GIM through his programmed classical music CD series, Music for the Imagination, as well as contribute the most comprehensive definition of music therapy in the literature (300 pages) and perhaps the heaviest music therapy textbook in publication (590 pages).
Sample Publications by Kenneth Bruscia, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Defining Music Therapy. Barcelona Publishers (2nd edition, 2002)
[Editor/Author] Case Studies in Music Therapy. Barcelona Publishers (1991)
[Editor/Author] Dynamics of Music Psychotherapy. Barcelona Publishers (1998)
[Editor/Author] Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Advanced Competencies in Music Therapy. Music Therapy: Journal of the American Association for Music Therapy, 6A(1), 57-67.
Modes of Consciousness in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM): A Therapist's Experience of the Guiding Process. In
C. Kenny (Ed.), Listening, Playing, Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound (pp 163-197). Albany, NY: State University of New York
Elaine Abbott, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI is Director of Music Therapy at Duquesne University. She has over 10 years of clinical experience as a music therapist in diverse areas including skilled nursing/rehabilitation, psychiatric hospitals, and special education. She has a practice in GIM and music and imagery techniques with well adult clients, with a specialty in issues of loss and grief.
Sample Publications by Elaine Abbott, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Client Experiences with the Music in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. In A. Meadows (Ed.), Qualitative Inquires in Music Therapy, Volume 2 (pp. 36-61). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.
Abbott, E. A., Bruscia, K. E., Cadesky, N., Condron, D., Hunt, A., Miller, D. M., & Thomae, L. (2005). A collaborative heuristic analysis of Imagery-M: A classical music program used in guided imagery and music. In A. Meadows (Ed.), Qualitative Inquires in Music Therapy, Volume 2 (pp. 1-35). Gilsum, NH: Barcelona Publishers.
Abbott, E. A. (2006). The Administration of Music Therapy Training Clinics: A Descriptive Study. Journal of Music Therapy, 43(1), 63-81.
Abbott, E. A. & Avins, K. (2006). Music, health and well-being. In E. R. Mackenzie & B. Rakel (Ed.s). Holistic Approaches to Healthy Aging: Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults (pp. 97-110). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC, FAMI is Music Therapy Undergraduate Program Coordinator at Montclair State University. He has worked with various clinical populations, and has published and presented internationally on a wide range of topics such as music therapy in cancer care, music psychotherapy, and music therapy research. He currently serves as President-Elect and as an Assembly Delegate of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association, as well as a member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Certification Board for Music as a member of the Continuing Education Committee of the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Specific interests within GIM have included clinical work in cancer care and research into trans-personal dimensions of the method.
Publications/Presentations by Brian Abrams, Ph.D., MT-BC, LPC FAMI
Evaluating qualitative music therapy research. In B. L. Wheeler (Ed.), Music Therapy Research (2nd ed.; pp. 246-258). Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Definitions of trans-personal BMGIM experience. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 11 (2), 103-126 (2002)
Methods of analyzing music programs used in the Bonny Method. In K. E. Bruscia & D. E. Grocke (Eds.), Guided
Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond (pp. 317-335). Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Trans-personal dimensions of the Bonny Method. In K. E. Bruscia & D. E. Grocke (Eds.) Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond (pp. 339-358) Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Evaluating qualitative music therapy research. Paper presented at the eleventh World Congress of Music Therapy, Brisbane, Australia (July, 2005)
Improvisational Life Portrait as a form of music psychotherapy: A phenomenological-existential perspective. Paper presented at the international symposium on music psychotherapy, Laurier Centre for Music Therapy Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (May, 2005)
Song exploration: Deepening and expanding the music experience in lyric analysis. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Western Region of the American Music Therapy Association, Scottsdale, Arizona (April, 2004)
Nicki Cohen, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI is Professor of Music Therapy and Voice at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. She is the President of the Association for Music and Imagery and is on the Board of Directors of the American Music Therapy Association. Nicki's clinical approach in her practice, Guided Imagery and Music Services of North Texas, includes music and imagery techniques to fit both the clinical needs of her clients and the regulatory climate in the state of Texas.
Nicki has articles published in the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery; chapters in several music therapy and Bonny Method texts; and is currently writing an introductory music therapy textbook for Prentice Hall Publishers. Nicki loves to teach, to drink tea, to sing, and to see her students laugh.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Nicki Cohen, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Musical choices: An interview with Helen Lindquist Bonny. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 9, 1-26 (2005)
Summer, L., Cohen, N., Goldberg, F., McKinney, C., & West, T. Music and Imagery: Roundtable for Current Practice and Training. Association for Music and Imagery Conference, Vancouver, B.C.,Canada (2005)
Applications of GIM Research to Music Therapy Practice. Aalborg University, Denmark (2004)
Ethical Considerations in Guided Imagery and Music. In K. Bruscia and D. Grocke (Eds.) Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Cohen, N., & Burns, D. (2002). Music Relaxation Techniques: Considerations for the Music Therapist. American Music Therapy Association Conference, Atlanta, GA (2002)
Music and Imagery Techniques. Sookmyung University, Seoul, South Korea (2001)
The Sounds of Loss: Music and Imagery in Bereavement Support. 13th International Congress on Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, Canada (2000)
Frances Smith Goldberg, MA, MT-BC, MFT, FAMI has been a GIM trainer since 1988 when she began teaching at the Bonny Foundation where she was Director of GIM Training from 1997 to 2000. As director of the Therapeutic Arts Institute, she has conducted BMGIM and Music Imagery training in Europe since 1991 and the US since 2001.
Fran recently retired from her almost 50 years of clinical practice in adult psychiatry and private practice as a music psychotherapist and licensed psychotherapist in 2005 and as a faculty member of the University of California and the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. Fran's main interests are the interface of psychotherapy and spirituality, especially as they manifest with clients in the Bonny Method, feminist psychotherapy and group therapy. She has presented widely at national and international conferences, has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and served on several editorial boards of professional journals. Fran haunts opera houses in search of the ultimate performance and loves playing with her grandchildren.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Frances Smith Goldberg, Ph.D., MT-BC, MFT, FAMI
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Chapter in T. Wigram, R. West & B. Saperston (Eds.), Music and the Healing Process: A Handbook of Music Therapy. Harwood Academic Publishers (1995)
A Holographic Field Theory Model of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Chapter in Bruscia, K & D. Erdonmez Grocke (Eds.) GIM: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
I am the Creator and the Created: A Woman's Journey from Loss to Wholeness. Beltrage zur Musiktherapie. 10:47-58 (2000)
Music therapy. Panel on expressive arts therapies. American Psychiatric Association (1980)
The Bonny Method of Guided imagery and Music. Symposium on Music Psychotherapy, Stockholm, Sweden (1988). GIM with Psychosomatic Illness. Der Freine Universitat Berlin, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine, Berlin, Germany (1995)
Inviting the Creative Spirit: Expressive Arts Therapies in Group Psychotherapy. Featured Speaker, Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society Fall Event (1998)
Barbara Hesser, CMT, FAMI is Director of the Music Therapy program at New York University. In this capacity she coordinates the masters and doctoral degree program, is the project director of the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy and the program liaison for the Guided Imagery and Music training. She is a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association of Music and Imagery (AMI) and maintains a private music psychotherapy practice.
Sample Publications by Barbara Hesser, CMT, FAMI
Bruscia, K., Hesser, B., & Boxill, E.H. Essential Competencies for the Practice of Music Therapy. Music Therapy, 1, 43-49 (1981)
Thoughts on Music and Music Therapy. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Music in the Life of Man, New York University, New York (1982)
Music Therapy and Music in Special Education: The International State of the Art. In B. Hesser & R. Pratt (Eds.), Music Therapy and Music in Special Education: The International State of the Art (pp.71-90). St. Louis, MO: MMB,Inc (1989)
Music in Medicine, Music in Psychotherapy, and Music in Special Education. Proceedings of the International Institute for Oriental Medicine Conference. Osaka, Japan (1991)
The Power of Sound and Music in Therapy and Healing. In C. Kenny (Ed.), Listening, Playing, Creating: Essays on the Power of Sound (pp.43-51). N.Y. State University Press (1995)
Cathy McKinney, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Therapy Program at Appalachian State University and serves as a supervisor, mentor, and primary trainer for GIM trainees. She holds the doctoral degree in interdepartmental studies (music therapy and behavioral medicine) from the University of Miami.
Her clinical interests are the use of music improvisation and GIM as vehicles for personal awareness, growth, and transformation. Her research has focused on the effects of GIM on mood and physiology in healthy adults as well as women with breast cancer, and the effects of music on imagery. She lives in Boone, North Carolina with her trombonist-husband, Harold, and their two children, Christopher and Moriah.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Cathy McKinney, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Evaluating quantitative music therapy research. In B. Wheeler (Ed.), Music therapy research: Quantitative and qualitative perspectives(2nd ed.; pp. 236-245). Barcelona Publishers (2005)
Quantitative research in guided imagery and music: A review. In K. E. Bruscia & D. E. Grocke (Eds.), Guided imagery and music: The Bonny method and beyond (pp. 459-476). Barcelona (2002)
McKinney, C. H., Antoni, M. H., & Kumar, M., Tims, F. C., & McCabe, P. M. Effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) therapy on mood and cortisol in healthy adults. Health Psychology, 16, 1-12 (1997).
McKinney, C. H., & Tims, F. C. Differential effects of selected classical music on the imagery of high versus low imagers: Two studies. Journal of Music Therapy, 32, 22-45 (1995).
McKinney, C. H., Antoni, M. H., Kumar, A., & Kumar, M. The effects of guided imagery and music (GIM) on depression and beta-endorphin levels in healthy adults: A pilot study. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 4, 67-78 (1995).
The case of Therese: Multidimensional growth through guided imagery and music. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 2, 99-109 (1993)
GIM research related to cancer treatment: A review. Presentation for international research symposium on music therapy in oncology; Aalborg, Denmark (Apr, 2005)
Tony Meadows Ph.D, MT-BC, FAMI, LPC is Director of Music Therapy at Immaculata University and maintains a private practice in BMGIM in Philadelphia. Beginning in 1999, Tony has maintained an active GIM practice, specializing in helping clients overcome trauma, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. He has a particular interest in working with men. In 2002, he expanded this practice to include both GIM and music and imagery work with cancer patients.
Tony has written about GIM and gender, and GIM is it relates to other imagery-based methods of therapy. He has also edited Qualitative Inquiries in Music Therapy volume 2, contributed chapters to Music Therapy Research, 2nd edition, and is currently preparing Client Assessment in Music Therapy with Dr Kenneth Bruscia. Tony serves on the editorial boards of The Journal for the Association for Music and Imagery and the Australian Journal of Music Therapy.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Tony Meadows, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI, LPC
Meadows, A., Wheeler, B, Shultis, C. & Polen, D. Client Assessment. In B. Wheeler, C. Shultis & D. Polen (Eds.) Clinical Training for the Student Music Therapist. Barcelona Publishers (2005)
Music Therapy in Cancer Care. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. New Orleans, LA (Jan, 2005)
Gender Implications in Therapist's Constructs of their Clients. American Music Therapy Association National Conference. (Nov, 2004)
Gender implications in therapists' constructs of their clients. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 11(2), 127-141 (2002)
Psycho-therapeutic applications of the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. In K.E. Bruscia & D.E. Grocke (Eds.) Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Guided Imagery and Music and related imagery techniques. In K.E. Bruscia & D.E. Grocke (Eds.) Guided Imagery and Music: The Bonny Method and Beyond. Barcelona Publishers (2002)
Meadows, A. The reliability and validity of the Guided Imagery and Music Responsiveness Scale. Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery, 7, 8-33 (2002)
Sumi Paik-Maier, MA, MT-BC, FAMI is a Ph.D. candidate at Tavistock (University of East London) and maintains a music therapy private practice in London and Seoul, Korea. She teaches and supervises with Lisa Summer at the Music and Imagery Training at Ewha Woman's University Center for Arts Therapy and Education in Seoul. Over the past few years she has been working with autistic and physically handicapped children and normal (healthy neurotic) adult population.
She worked with adults with acquired brain damage and other severe neurological disabilities at Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in London, UK (locum post, 2004-2005) and with the adult psychiatric population at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, NYC, USA (1990-1995). She was an Assistant Professor of Music Therapy at Anna Maria College (1998-2000). In clinical work and teaching she applies Jungian and psycho-dynamic/psychoanalytic theories to the understanding of human nature. From her recent experiences with neuro-disabled patients and autistic children, she has gained fresh perspectives regarding the healing power of music and is very interested in music-centered music therapy practice. She is married to a mathematician and amateur but talented musician and lives in London.
Sample Publications/Presentations by Sumi Paik-Maier, MA, MT-BC, FAMI
Practical and Innovative Supervision Strategies for Internship Supervisors. Pre Conference Institutes, American Music Therapy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO (Nov, 2000)
Case Study of a Bipolar Client in Music Therapy. New England Region of the American Music Therapy Association (NER-AMTA); Meredith, NH (Mar, 1999)
Ethical Consideration for the Music Therapists in a Hospital Setting. Annual Conference of the American Association for Music Therapy, Taminent (June, 1994)
A Case Study of Patient A. The Symposium of Music Therapy, The Korean Association of Clinical Art, Seoul, Korea (Oct, 1990)
Therese West, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI has over 20 years of clinical experience across a wide range of settings and populations, including mental health, rehabilitation, medicine, and hospice. She teaches undergraduate and Master's level students at the University of the Pacific, where she serves as director of the music therapy program.
As a music therapist in oncology and medical settings, Therese became interested in both the possible indications and contra-indications for BMGIM and music-evoked imagery with patients experiencing acute stress related to hospitalization, disease, or treatment, and she has conducted research on processes and potential benefits of the Bonny Method for breast cancer survivors. Therese continues to explore issues of ethics and diversity in research, clinical practice, supervision, and teaching. She has served on the staff of the Therapeutic Arts Institute since 2002, and enjoys being involved in the dynamic growth of new BMGIM therapists. As President-elect of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI), she has been involved in efforts to support international communication among BMGIM practitioners. Part Native American, Therese finds renewal in the land she shares with deer, coyotes, kit fox, wild turkeys, and all our relations in the oak-wooded foothills of the California Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Sample Publications by Therese West, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
West, T. M., Duran, R.F., Kumar, A., Jordan, M.J., & Antoni, M.A. Music Therapy and Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI): A review of progress in research. University of Miami.
The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) as Therapeutic Process for Women Experiencing Breast Cancer. Unpublished master's thesis, University of Miami (1999).
Creative arts therapies with Hospice Patients and their Families. In M.A. Froelich (Ed.), Music therapy with hospitalized children. (pp.219-232). Cherry Hill, NJ: Jeffery Books (1996).
Psychological Issues in Hospice Music Therapy. Music Therapy Perspectives, 12 (2), 117-124 (1994).
Goldberg, F.S., Hoss (West), T.M., & Chesna, T. Music and Imagery as Psychotherapy with a Brain Damaged Patient. Music Therapy Perspectives, 5, 41-45 (1988).