Frequently Asked Questions


What is music psychotherapy and how does it differ from other types of therapy/counselling?

Music psychotherapy, otherwise known as the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music is a collaborative, client centered approach to counselling that engages the traveller in a particular induction (mindfulness practice) with the intention to relax and induce an altered state of consciousness. This is done to support the person’s ability to release the “busy-ness” of the mind and to deepen awareness and connection to other states of being (physical, emotional, spiritual). By using prescribed classical listeing programs that match and meet the client’s
session goals/needs, the individual is guided to pay attention on purpose to other ways of knowing, spontaneous imagery, and/or connection to self. The music assists the client to focus attention, deepen relaxation response and act as therapeutic tool to process trauma triggers, grief/loss, unresolved inner conflicts, repressed emotions, memories/associations. This modality takes each person on a journey to discharge emotions, facilitate inner healing, increased awareness and access inner resources, gifts and insight in support of change and growth. Each session is customized to the needs of each client in the moment with the intent to address particular therapeutic goals and needs (personal & professional).

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

Overview of service options relative to description, benefits and fit with client
needs & goals
o Exploration of client needs, goals, history and desired outcomes
o Sharing therapeutic coaching/counselling philosophy & service packages
o Next steps, which include sharing intake, consent forms and fee schedule of
service options emailed to client
o Session day and times are booked typically to arise consistently on the same day
and time of the week

What does a coaching session look like?

Identify coaching topic/needs tied to particular broader growth goals
o Selection of a coaching principle to address client topic in the moment
o Deepen the meaning, forwarding the action steps falling out of the session
o Calling into accountability by identifying a date, time and channel to update on
action steps taken

What does a music psychotherapy session look like?

Peer talk, clarifying where to focus/client intention
o Induction matched to session focus needs
o Identification of a customized linking image to segue from induction into music
listening process
o Guide the client to pay attention to physical states/sensations, emotions, images,
memories, movement and/or energy via any inquiry process
o Explore, in concert with client, profound images, inner messages, resources to
heighten & deepen awareness, engagement with music program and elements
as well as to foster reflection and insight

o Transcription of images, inner journey, emotional and physical states expressed
&/or observed in the moment
o Session debrief/post-talk to process & integrate images, experiences, insights &
qualities to support healing & integration
o Client is encouraged to further explore and ground their experience via
drawing/automatic writing and/or movement/sensory integration practice
o Clients leave with a transcript copy and/or drawings/reflect writings to engage in
personal reflection and exploration beyond and between sessions

What is the Finding Joy Trauma Treatment Techniques & who would benefit?

The goals of FJ-TTT also you to process, integrate and heal distressing events
so they no long disturb and/or are disruptive.  It also strives to support your
capacity to listen to your inner guidance or wisdom so healing and transformation
can arise.  
o Individuals are lead 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 able to access their own inner wisdom.   Your
role is to follow the guidelines presented and to report back to your guide what is
going on inside of you in the present moment.  When complete, you will have
time and opportunity to reflect on your experience and ground into personal
insights and awakenings.

How does Senses Mindfulness support transformational leadership development within organizations?

Initial consultation meeting to discuss & explore needs, challenges & visions for
growth & change re: individual leaders, teams & organization as a whole
o Development of a strategic leadership development plan & continuous
improvement process based on appreciative & compassionate inquiry
o Meeting and consulting schedule/routine is established which may include:
 1-1 coaching or team coaching
 Team building workshops/retreats
 Identify what types of process & strategies would help to shift & positively
support effective change management, resiliency and expanding
leadership capacity & development of the “whole” person, team and/or
 On-going review & check in with key organizational stakeholders
 Townhall talks, feedback circles
 Review of relevant documentation, implementation of surveys & tools to
assess current state & creation of a vision & strategic leadership and/or
wellness plan

What are some of the online/in-person training psycho-educational programs offered to support wellness and a healthy workplace culture & workforce?

MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) – This is an 8 week experiential,
psych-educational program supporting men’s capacity to become more self-

aware, self-regulating and self-empowered to more effectively manage and cope
with the stressors of life with the intent to enhance the capacity to be more
resilient and to not just survive but thrive in the face of adversity. 
Why Bother?
o Increased focus and capacity to pay attention on purpose
o Improvements in heath relative to blood pressure and sleep habits
o Expanded range of emotional and body awareness/intelligence
o Practicing and developing mindfulness practices to support self-regulation,
coping strategies & shifts in perspective taking
o Enhance ability to cope and deal with difficult conversations, conflict and difficult
life experience
o Feeling more grounded and connected to self and community
o Build a powerful community of support and meaningful connections to foster
increased awareness, self-understanding, healthy relationships and resources
o Yoga Cognitive Behavior Therapy – This is a 6 week online training tailored to
help people rework the way they think, thus transforming problematic thoughts
and thought patterns to more productive and healthy ones. This type of
transformation can elicit improvements in the way people feel and the way they
behave. CBT is considered the gold standard for treating anxiety in particular,
but has also demonstrated positive outcomes for those dealing with panic –
disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder & PSTD. Y-CBT however was develop
integrating the most effective elements of CBT with the power of yoga to offer an
embodied & holistic approach to healing. Y-CBT is a progressive journey that
blends the cognitive benefits of CBT with the physical and psychological benefits
of yoga to target maladaptive thoughts, feelings and metabolic systems.
Learning thought and self-regulation via a range of techniques and tools in
restructuring negative patters of anxiety is central to this program.
o 7 Principles of Making Marriage Work – is a 8 week, 90 min. online program
targeted to couples seeking a community of support for the purpose of enriching
and reinventing the current state of their relationship. This is not a group therapy
program & not targeted to severely distressed couples but those hoping to
benefit by:

 Improving their motivation & accountability with their relationships
 Being encouraged to work on one’s relationship with others
 Feeling safe and at ease to continue their growth journey as a
 Offering clearly defined goals and a time frame for program
 Engaging in a psycho-educational program that carries less
stigma than therapy

Couples are encouraged to complete weekly home practice exercises as well as
experiential ones within the online class. A optional ½ day couples retreat is also
available to those cohorts interested in attending this supportive wellness retreat.
This program can also be adapted to singles (for those not in relationships or
whose partner is resistant to attend) by offering a one day program.

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