Frequently Asked Questions


What is music psychotherapy, and how does it differ from other types of therapy or counseling?

Music psychotherapy, also known as the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, is a collaborative, client-centered approach to counseling that engages the individual in a specific induction (mindfulness practice) with the intention of relaxation and inducing an altered state of consciousness. This is undertaken to support the person’s ability to free themselves from the “busy-ness” of the mind and to deepen awareness and connection to other states of being, such as physical, emotional, and spiritual. By using prescribed classical listening programs that align with the client’s session goals and needs, the individual is guided to intentionally focus on alternative ways of understanding, spontaneous imagery, and/or connection to oneself. The music aids the client in focusing attention, enhancing the relaxation response, and serving as a therapeutic tool to process triggers from trauma, grief/loss, unresolved inner conflicts, repressed emotions, and associated memories. This modality guides each person on a journey to release emotions, facilitate inner healing, enhance awareness, and access inner resources, gifts, and insights in support of change and growth. Each session is tailored to the specific needs of the client at that time, with the intent to address distinct therapeutic goals and requirements, both personal and professional.

What can I expect when I attend a complimentary discovery call?

Overview of service options in relation to description, benefits, and alignment with client’s needs and goals:

    • Exploration of client’s needs, goals, history, and desired outcomes
    • Sharing of therapeutic coaching/counseling philosophy and available service packages
    • Next steps, including sending intake, consent forms, and fee schedules for service options to the client
    • Session days and times are typically scheduled to occur consistently on the same day and time each week.
What does a coaching session look like?

Identify coaching topics/needs linked to specific broader growth goals:

    • Select a coaching principle to address the client’s current topic.
    • Deepen the meaning and advance the action steps derived from the session.
    • Ensure accountability by specifying a date, time, and channel for updates on action steps taken.
What does a music psychotherapy session look like?

Music therapy offers a unique avenue for healing and personal insight. To maximize its benefits, it’s essential that both the therapist and the client are on the same wavelength, understanding the purpose and process of each session. Below is a structured approach to ensuring that sessions are productive and tailored to the client’s needs:

    • Discussion with peers to clarify the focus and client’s intention.

    • Ensure the induction matches the session’s focus needs.

    • Identify a customized linking image to transition from the induction to the music listening process.

    • Guide the client to focus on physical sensations, emotions, imagery, memories, movements, and/or energy using any inquiry method.

    • Collaborate with the client to delve into profound images, internal messages, and resources. This helps heighten and deepen awareness, engagement with the music program, and its elements, and also promotes reflection and insight.

    • Transcribe images, the inner journey, as well as emotional and physical states as they are expressed or observed in real-time.

    • Debrief after the session to process and integrate images, experiences, insights, and qualities to aid healing and integration.

    • Encourage the client to further delve into and ground their experience through drawing, automatic writing, or movement/sensory integration practices.

    • Provide clients with a transcript and/or drawings and reflective writings, allowing them to engage in personal reflection and exploration between sessions.

What is the "Finding Joy Trauma Treatment Technique," and who would benefit from it?

The goals of FJ-TTT also help you to process, integrate and heal distressing events so they no longer disturb or disrupt you. It also strives to support your capacity to listen to your inner guidance or wisdom, allowing healing and transformation to arise.

Individuals are led through a step-by-step process intended to facilitate deep and lasting relief. It begins with a guided awareness practice where individuals are invited to be fully present and access their own inner wisdom. Your role is to follow the guidelines provided and report back to your guide about what is happening inside of you in the present moment. Upon completion, you will have the time and opportunity to reflect on your experience and ground yourself in personal insights and awakenings.

How does Senses Mindfulness support transformational leadership development within organizations?

In the dynamic landscape of modern business, leadership development and organizational change are more crucial than ever. As we journey to uplift and reshape organizations, our structured approach is designed to understand, strategize, and implement effective pathways for growth. This approach is grounded in the following components:

    • Initial consultation meeting to discuss and explore the needs, challenges, and visions for growth and change concerning individual leaders, teams, and the organization as a whole.

    • Development of a strategic leadership development plan and continuous improvement process based on appreciative and compassionate inquiry.

    • Establishing a meeting and consulting schedule/routine, which may include:

      • 1-on-1 coaching or team coaching
      • Team building workshops or retreats
      • Identifying which types of processes and strategies would support effective change management, resilience, and expansion of leadership capacity, as well as the development of the whole individual, team, or organization.
      • Ongoing review and check-ins with key organizational stakeholders
      • Town hall talks and feedback circles
      • Review of relevant documentation, implementation of surveys and tools to assess the current state, and creation of a vision and strategic leadership and/or wellness plan.
What online and in-person psycho-educational training programs are offered to promote wellness and a healthy workplace culture and workforce?

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) – This is an 8-week experiential, psycho-educational program that supports men’s ability to become more self-aware, self-regulating, and self-empowered. The aim is to more effectively manage and cope with life’s stressors and to enhance resilience, not just surviving but thriving in the face of adversity.

Why Bother?

    • Increased focus and the capacity to pay attention intentionally
    • Health improvements, particularly in blood pressure and sleep habits
    • A broader range of emotional and bodily awareness/intelligence
    • Practicing and developing mindfulness practices to support self-regulation, coping strategies, and shifts in perspective-taking
    • Enhanced ability to handle difficult conversations, conflicts, and challenging life experiences
    • Feeling more grounded and connected to oneself and the community
    • Building a robust community of support and fostering meaningful connections to enhance awareness, self-understanding, healthy relationships, and resources

Yoga Cognitive Behavior Therapy (Y-CBT) – This is a 6-week online training tailored to help individuals reframe their thoughts, transforming problematic thoughts and patterns into more productive and healthy ones. While CBT is often regarded as the gold standard for treating anxiety, it also shows positive outcomes for those dealing with panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD. Y-CBT was developed by integrating the most potent elements of CBT with the benefits of yoga, providing an embodied and holistic approach to healing. This method combines the cognitive benefits of CBT with the physical and psychological advantages of yoga to target maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and metabolic systems. Central to this program is learning thought and self-regulation through various techniques and tools to restructure negative patterns of anxiety.

7 Principles of Making Marriage Work – This is an 8-week, 90-minute online program targeted at couples looking for a community of support to enrich and reinvent their current relationship status. This isn’t a group therapy program and isn’t meant for severely distressed couples. Instead, it’s for those hoping to benefit by:

    • Improving motivation and accountability in their relationships
    • Being encouraged to work on one’s relationship with others
    • Feeling safe and comfortable to continue their growth journey as a couple
    • Having clearly defined goals and a timeframe for program completion
    • Participating in a psycho-educational program that carries less stigma than therapy

Couples are encouraged to complete weekly home practice exercises and experiential ones within the online class. An optional half-day couples retreat is also available for interested cohorts. The program can also be adapted for singles (those not in relationships or those whose partner is resistant to attending) by offering a one-day program.

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