The Gong can be profoundly emotional, and in the last few decades the use of music and musical instruments as a form of psychotherapy has become increasingly popular. I use psychotherapeutic techniques along with the Gong to treat a broad range of conditions, including psychological, cognitive, and emotional issues. I am a fully trained Sound therapist with the College of Sound Healing and a psychotherapeutic Counsellor with membership of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Gong psychotherapy can be helpful for a range of clients here is a brief list:
People feeling stuck or experiencing unease
People with anxiety or social disorders.
Group therapy sessions.
People in need of ongoing cognitive development and monitoring.
The developmentally disabled.
People wanting to enter Somatic experiencing
clients suffering with pain in the body
What happens in the session?
Guided Imagery and the Gong by me to evoke sensory and emotional responses in you the listener. These responses, in the form of imagery, symbols, feelings, past and present life review, sensations, unfolding metaphors and transformative experiences, become the heart of the session.
With my use of relaxation, verbal intervention and knowledgeable application of the gongs, you the client may receive insights which lead to embodied and therapeutic resolution.
In the beginning of the first session:
On the first session I get to know a little about you, about your life history, present concerns, and your aims and expectations for the session/s.
How the session unfolds:
You will lay in a reclining chair.. I will use some verbal methods of relaxing the body and mind.
The purpose of this is to prepare you by minimising the kinaesthetic body responses to allow a deeper state of consciousness, to concentrate on the auditory and visual senses, allowing you to get beyond the usual busy mental processes, and so you can get used to my voice.
Focus or Theme
I will suggest an image situation as a starting point…. the Gong then takes over and suggests the sequences that follow according to the imagination of you and your needs. This allows you to have a “self promoted” experience that is closer to your personal needs.
The Gong/imagery experience is the central point of the process. I sit near you playing the gong and supporting your experience . You may find you want to verbally describes the internal images that come to you as the gong is playing. I will respond to encourage the images and experiences to continue.
The purpose is to prepare you by minimizing the kinesthetic body responses to allow a deeper state of consciousness, to concentrate on the auditory and visual senses, to get beyond our usual busy mental processes.
Images in response to the gong come in many forms and involve the senses. Visual images, for example, include relived early life experiences of personal value or importance. Events in which there is ambivalence or an unsatisfying completion come up for review. Life events, small or large, come up. Usually these have been caught deep in the subconscious where most therapies do not reach. The Gong, carefully played, is able to access the feelings around these events and allow a reliving of the original experiences. These images are much like dream images but not as fleeting as dream images which can be lost between dreaming and recounting. The images are immediately told to me during the playing of the gong thus bringing the experience into the “here and now.” The traveler is reliving the experience as he tells it. The image may bring with it other associated feelings which can allow a working through of an old unsolved problem. The visual images may be of scenes of nature, or of memories of moments of beauty and inspiration which have not been fully expressed. Too often those moments of deep, pleasurable, grateful response are lost. Thus, images both of beauty, and of conflict, and many other emotions and insights are brought forward to be expressed, and finally to be integrated into our lives.
Images do not necessarily involve visualization. They can bring out feelings which are verbalised in the session to be expressed and worked through with the help of the gong. Images may involve any of the other five senses: olfactory (smell), gustatory (taste), auric (hearing), kinesthetic (touch), and parapsychological (insight – psychic). There are instances of not only seeing a rose, but smelling it; not only sitting at a table with colourful food, but smelling it, tasting it, and feeling it’s texture in the mouth; not only hearing the gong but also, in addition to or instead of, hearing other music or conversations more in the context of the emerging visual or emotional imagery. There are instances in which the power of the sixth sense – insight (which we all have) – is often strongly present in this process. This often brings a sense of deeper understanding and of closure. Many of the greatest inventions of mankind are attributed to this ability to delve into the great reservoir of human history which is sometimes identified – in Jung’s terms – as the archetype.
Could i just be imagining this
Our imaginations are a creative part of us. What they bring to us is a product of ourselves and of how we view our world. Therefore, such imagery in the form of stories says much about who we are and how we think. Imagery, therefore, may be thought of as the product of this work.
The Gongs role is primary. I call the gong my co-therapist because of its importance. The Gong is carefully played in different ways for each client, according to their history and in keeping with their present mood, and the areas of concern we wish to address. Different Gongs can be chosen for these sessions. Each Gong is chosen with the following in mind: 1) to encourage visual images, 2) to raise emotional and feeling states, 3) to suggest early memories, 4) to create positive feedback, 5) to effect physical relaxation, and 6) to support spiritual experience.
When the Gong comes to an end you are brought back to the usual state of consciousness by bringing to a close the imagery experiences. With eyes open and sitting up i will invite you to review the imagery and feeling sequences for the purpose of making more concrete the events that have taken place. Sharing verbally brings insight and understanding. Although no effort is made to interpret the meaning of the images, the guide helps the traveler to clarify the experience; validate (give assurance of the value of what happened), highlight, emphasize feelings; and connect images/feelings with everyday life events. Evoked images have a “life of their own.” By that I mean the process of bringing them to the normal state of consciousness activates a process of unfolding so that in the hours and days after the initial experience the mind/psyche makes an effort to integrate the affective and cognitive information in a holistic manner.
For more information and to book a appointment call Scania on 07929379918
usually lasts an hour can book for two hour slots £40 per hour
Can be booked for groups. Price on request