Matina Karastatira BMus (Hons) MA, HCPC
Newlands Park Natural Health Care Centre
48 Newlands Park
Hello, are you looking to explore yourself in a creative way different to other taking therapies? Then this method is for you.
I'm a qualified music therapist currently training to become a fellow on using the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM). I'm able to offer low cost individual therapy sessions using the BMGIM to individuals who are looking to deepen their understanding of themselves, are looking to enhance their creativity and stimulate self-development. Also individuals who are struggling with emotional difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self- esteem, grief, stress and personal loss. During the therapy I create a secure and confidential environment where difficult feelings or memories that may emerge are processed in a secure and safe way.
What is BMGIM?
Bonny Method is a relaxation based therapy radically different from talking therapies. Here the music acts as therapist that stimulates the client to form and explore imagery that arises from the inner self. Those images contain insights that lead to self-development, growth, problem solving and integration of unresolved issues. With the encouragement of me as a guide, the individual unveils both the issues and their solutions.
What happens in a session?
The sessions, which are one-to-one, last between 1½ - 2hrs. There are three stages during the session: the prelude, the music travel and the postlude.
During the Prelude the thoughts, feeling states, issues and energy the individual brings into the room informs the choice of music. Next, in preparation for the travel the client lies on a comfortable couch, where (s)he is inducted into a state of deep relaxation.
During the Music Travel the individual's personal themes first emerge, then re-emerge and deepen. The guide facilitates this process while listening to the imagery that the client narrates. As the individual acclimatises to this new way of listening and narrating, (s)he will experience a new connection to her/his inner self through music.
Finally during the Postlude the individual is brought back into a alert state during which (s)he is encouraged to reflect on the experiences (s)he has in this and previous sessions.
Sessions are spaced at 3 weeks intervals to allow time for insights to be processed in between the sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an MA in Music Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and a first degree BMus in the Science and Art of Music from Ionian University in Greece. Currently I'm an Advanced trainee in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (BMGIM).
- HCPC registration
My professional memberships
- BAMT (British Association of Music Therapy)
- EAMI (European Association of Music and Imagery)
- AMI (Association of Music and Imagery)
My clinical experience
I have a vast experience working with children in nurseries, primary schools and special needs schools, adolescents in secondary schools and adults both with learning disabilities and mental Health problems. I have worked for charities, for the NHS and in a special needs college.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
As Advanced trainee in the BMGIM I'm able to offer low cost therapy service of £40 for a 90' individual session depending on income and venue hire (ask for more information).
The first session last only 1hr and it cost £30 and the individual gets the opportunity to experience the therapy and decide if this is appropriate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Newlands Park Health Centre: Wednesday: 9.00am-3.00pm Thursday: 9.00am-1.00pm Saturday: 3.00pm-6.00pm Sunday: 9.00am-6.00pm
Types of client