It's Complicated

Find a therapist practicing MI: Music and Imagery

GIM therapy (guided imagery and music therapy) is a form of psychotherapy that utilises music and imagery to promote emotional healing and personal growth. If you are looking for a practitioner specialising in guided imagery and music therapy, It's Complicated has the perfect match for you, available online and in-person. Because life is complicated, but finding a therapist shouldn't be.

Free matching service


Available in your language

Built by therapists

The connection and therapeutic alliance to one's therapist is the most important factor for a successful outcome. Our in-house psychologists will help you find the right match based on your individual background and needs.Our psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors offer therapy in English, German, and more than 90 other languages. They are available to meet you online or in person and can help you with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, and more.It's Complicated is built and owned by therapists. Since starting in Berlin 2019 we have grown organically into an international platform with local therapist communities in cities such as Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, and New York.

About It's Complicated

In 2019, two therapists set out to tackle a complicated problem.

The psychiatrist Carl Jung once wrote that, “Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble”. One does not have to be a therapist, though, to realize that life is complicated. But finding the right therapist, who you can build a strong relationship with, shouldn’t have to be. This is the founding principle of It’s Complicated.Since our start, we've helped over 23,000 clients and counting, offering thousands of free crisis support hours, and built thriving therapy communities in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Munich, and Athens.

Learn more about therapists practicing MI: Music and Imagery

Guided imagery and music therapy and its applications

GIM therapy is beneficial for individuals seeking emotional healing, stress reduction, personal growth, and insight into their emotions and subconscious mind. It's particularly effective for those dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, and other emotional or psychological challenges. It's a great approach for people who feel like they could benefit from a creative approach to personal development and by deepening their relationship to music and imagery.


How guided imagery and music therapy works

GIM therapy typically involves a trained therapist guiding the individual through a series of music selections, encouraging them to explore their thoughts, feelings, memories, and sensations that arise in response to the music. During the music, subconscious material in the form of imagery, memories or feelings, may surface to conscious awareness, as you share your experiences with the guide/therapist, who will support you to help the experience unfold. Afterwards there is time for further discussion, and processing may also involve drawing a mandala, to help you deepen your understanding of the imagery experienced during the music. This process often leads to increased self-awareness, emotional processing, and insights into one's inner experiences. The therapist facilitates a safe and supportive environment for the individual to delve deeper into their emotions and experiences, using music as a catalyst for exploration and healing.


Is guided imagery and music therapy right for you?

This approach to psychotherapy may be suitable for individuals who resonate with the idea of exploring their emotions and inner experiences through music and imagery. If you're open to a creative and non-verbal approach to therapy and feel comfortable expressing yourself through music, GIM therapy could be a good fit. It's essential to discuss your needs and goals with a qualified GIM therapist to determine if this approach aligns with your preferences and therapeutic objectives. Additionally, considering your comfort level with exploring emotions and memories in a guided therapeutic setting can help you decide if GIM therapy is right for you.

The Therapy Talk Podcast

With co-founder and clinical psychologist Johanne Schwensen