By Stephanie Bolton, MA, MT-BC
Fellow, Association for Music and Imagery
For therapy professionals and group facilitators, this book contains new guided visualization scripts to use with your clients and group participants. The author, a board certified music therapist, includes specific music suggestions for each script as well as suggestions for implementing these scripts with your clients. If you’ve been looking for ways to deepen your clients’ experiences and growth, this book will provide you with the necessary tools to accomplish that task.
Stephanie Bolton has been a practicing board certified music therapist since 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from the University of Alabama- Tuscaloosa and master’s degree in music therapy from St. Mary of the Woods College. Her work experience includes a variety of settings- inpatient and outpatient adult mental health treatment facilities, schools and home-based therapy for children diagnosed with autism and other special needs, and skilled nursing facilities with adults suffering with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She completed training in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music in 2013 and has been a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery since then. She has owned her private practice in north Alabama since 2009, focusing mainly on using Guided Imagery and Music to improve adult mental health and wellness.
Danielle Oar, MT-BC –
Having had training in Level 1 Bonny-Method, I was unsure of how useful this would be. I was totally surprised by how this book expanded my repertoire of recorded music and how to think of those pieces in relation to the imagery. It was a great way to think of new ways to use music and imagery in my practice, and I have come up with other creative imagery experiences because of Stephanie’s great ideas. I loved the gentle language. It was also helpful to have these as shorter experiences since often in medical settings patients may only have 10-15 minutes before another member of the treatment team walks in. Bravo Stephanie!
Faith Halverson-Ramos, MA, LPC, MT-BC –
This book has been inspiring to me as a music therapist and counselor working in the area of wellness because it has been reminding me how impactful guided visualizations can be. Stephanie spells out very clearly things to take into consideration when doing guided visualizations, and the scripts she provides cover a variety of themes. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in incorporating guided visualizations into their work.