a published case study

Eugenia Pickett, a Guided Imagery and Music Therapist working in Baltimore, USA, wrote about her work with Penny, who experienced depression and addictions to food and alcohol in the book 'Case Studies in Music Therapy' (Ed. Bruscia, 1991). Eugenia comments that Penny did not start her recovery process until she began working creatively. This is not unusual, as often the creative therapies can work at a deeper level than traditional verbal psychotherapy. Penny's course of Guided Imagery and Music therapy began by establishing trust, then moved on to working with grief and her discovery that she used her addictive patterns to control the pain of losing her marriage. Penny states:

"Through my imagery work with music, I have been able to see how big and powerful my addictions had become.... the work enabled me to separate the parts that make up my addictive nature. Once I could identify each part and its purpose or need, it became less powerful. Once the parts were revealed, not one of them alone was strong enough to activate my addictive process. Now, the parts are currently working together to help with my recovery... each part through GIM has been able to surface... and to be respected and loved."

About Guided Imagery and Music therapy, Penny says:

"My problems were so deeply buried and well-protected, that I used to be unable to release control and allow them to surface. The music relaxes me into almost a dream state and feelings deep within me rise to the surface.... this therapy seems like it works from the inside out, talk therapy used to work from the outside in."


The full reference for this case study is:

Pickett, E. 1991 "Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) with a Dually Diagnosed Woman having Multiple Addictions." pp 497-511 In: Bruscia, K. E. (Ed) Case Studies in Music Therapy. Barcelona Publishers, USA.?