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Receptive music therapy and the Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) method


Course Information

receptive music therapy 2017

A one day workshop

Terms and Conditions


Receptive music therapy is based on music-listening techniques that can be used in a therapeutic context to address a range of psychological, physical, or spiritual needs. One of its most known forms is called Guided Imagery and Music (GIM). This is a music-assisted therapy in which we use music programs to stimulate and sustain a dynamic unfolding of inner experiences, through images, feelings, senses, thoughts or memories elicited by the music. 



Course Code

Guided Imagery

Course Date

8th December 2017

Course Leader

Tessa Watson

Course Fee

Course Description

The method is used for work on significant life, health, and relationship issues and for self-actualisation purposes. GIM can also be offered in shortened individual forms and group adaptations for different populations. It can be used in a wide range of psychological or psychiatric conditions (especially trauma, stress-related, and psychosomatic disorders) and in allied fields such as psycho-oncology, palliative care, perinatal psychology, family and couple therapy, quality of life in medical contexts, team building, etc.

This seminar is mostly practice-based and is aimed at mental health professionals (Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Arts Therapists, and Counsellors) who wish to learn more about the deeper exploration of the processes the arts therapies offer, and professionals who are potentially interested in incorporating receptive music therapy methods into their practice.   The workshop will enable participants to get a taste of the use of guided imagery and specially selected music through a range of exercises and combined artwork, so as to understand more about the method through their lived experience.  A short introduction to the contextual and theoretical background to working with GIM will also be provided.


Evangelia Papanikolaou, PhDc, MA, FAMI

Music Therapist/Psychotherapist and Supervisor, GIM Therapist and Primary Trainer.

Evangelia is a UK trained music therapist living and working in Greece. She is currently studying for a PhD in Music Therapy at Aalborg University, Denmark where she is exploring Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) as a complementary psychological intervention in treatment for gynaecologic cancer. She originally studied music therapy in Roehampton University (MA) from where she also holds a PG Dip in Clinical Neuroscience and Immunology.

She is a GIM Fellow graduated from the Danish GIM Institute and from 2012, she became a primary trainer and supervisor in this specialist field of Receptive Music Therapy. She is the Scientific Director for SONORA, a MDT organisation for Music Therapy and Research.

Evangelia is at present leading professionally accredited trainings in GIM in Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates, as program coordinator of the institute “IMAGEing-European GIM Trainings”.  Finally, she is Adjunct Professor for Music therapy at the Hellenic American University (Manchester USA/Athens, Greece) and holds a private clinical practice in Athens.



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