Sierra Stokes Stearns, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music (formerly Mid-Atlantic Institute), Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery. Sierra has conducted GIM trainings in the United States and internationally since 1988. She has had the distinct honor of apprenticing with Helen L. Bonny at the Maryland Research Center in the early 70’s, which led to her doctoral work in Social Change. As a private practice clinician, educator, and health care consultant she has pioneered further applications of GIM in a variety of settings. She is past Director of Music Therapy at St. Mary of-the-Woods College and currently teaches as summer faculty at the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. Her past creative pursuits include designing and touring for Concert and Conversation community events with musician Daniel Kobialka. She is also Co-Founder of The Spirit of Beauty Retreats, which offers multicultural immersion events centered around music, myth and the sacred feminine. She is published  in the AMI Journal, Music and Miracles, ed Don Campbell, and The Whole Mind.



Carol A. Bush, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., FAMI
Co-Founder and Co-Director of Atlantis Institute for Consciousness and Music, Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery. A pioneer in this method, Carol was certified in 1979.  She has helped develop the Atlantis Model for trainings and her contribution together with Sierra, has been the development of the training format and manuals.  Her more than thirty years of clinical experience have included a variety of mental health settings, and private practices in Florida and Virginia. Her book, Healing Imagery & Music : Pathways to the Inner Self, is currently available from Amazon.com.  She is also published in the AMI Journal, The Arts and Psychotherapy, The Mozart Effect, and The Whole Mind. One of Carol’s areas of expertise is in the field of symbology, working with dreams, the symbolic content in GIM sessions as well as in mandala drawings.  She has developed a copyrighted diagnostic testing instrument, Circles of the Self, ® LLC, which is especially effective for testing progress in psychotherapy.


Atlantis Institute  Primary Trainers

Jim Borling M.M., MT-BC,FAMI, is Professor of Music and Director of the Music Therapy Program at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. He is a Board Certified Music Therapist, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery and Primary Trainer. He has had extensive experience in teaching with Carol and Sierra and others. He uses GIM in his private practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Additionally, Jim contracts with Avenues to Recovery Adult and Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs. He has provided GIM trainings throughout the United States as well as in Korea, Germany and Mexico. Jim and wife Nannette are Co-Founders of “MusicVisions, LLC-Services for Healing and Growth” in Roanoke, Virginia. His website is www.musicvisionsllc.com




Barbara H. Davis, LPC, FAMI She is a Fellow and Primary Trainer in the Bonny Method of GIM, an EMDR therapist and a Reiki Master.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years of experience, Barbara integrates traditional talk therapy with experiential therapies to create a safe, yet powerful place for her clients to create change in their lives. She founded Turning Point Counseling, and offers several specialized training courses in the Healing Arts therapies.  She also specializes in adult clients who are creating growth through life transitions, growing beyond chronic anxiety and depression, deepening relationships and striving to thrive after losses. Her website is www.turningpointcommunity.com




Ginger Clarkson, M.M.,MT-BC, FAMI, is a Primary Trainer of the AMI.  She has experience in helping to pioneer GIM trainings bilingually in Mexico and the Basque Country of Spain, and will be opening trainings in South America, soon. She has a private GIM practice that incorporates GIM with Vipassana meditation, subtle energy healing, core energetics, and Gestalt psychotherapy.  Ginger conducts all levels of GIM trainings internationally. Her books I Dreamed I Was Normal and A Silent Cure: Transforming Pre-verbal Trauma Through Meditation are available through amazon.com.  Ginger’s website www.gingerclarkson.com






Erin Johnson, LPC, LMFT, FAMI is a licensed counselor in private practice, specializing in working with individuals and couples using The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, as well as integrative mind-body and creative arts approaches.  She is a co-founder of the Integrative Music Institute, offering training in The Bonny Method and Integrative Therapies, including mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and creative journaling.  She is a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery, and also provides training in the MARI and Mandala Assessment. Her websites are www.integrativemusicinstitute.com and www.erinjohnsonlpc.com






Cara Marinucci, LPC, FAMI is a licensed counselor in private practice and specializes in The Bonny Method of GIM, as well as integrative mind-body and creative arts approaches.  She is a co-founder of the Integrative Music Institute, offering training in The Bonny Method and in Integrative Therapies, which includes mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and creative journaling.  In her work with adolescents and families she also incorporates the MARI and drawn mandala.  She also provides training as a Registered Trainer for NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association). Her websites are www.integrativemusicinsitute.com  and www.caramarinuccilpc.com






Nan Bok Lee, Ph.D., MT-BC, FAMI is the founder and head of the Music Therapy Institute in Seoul, Korea.  She offers GIM as a clinical approach and personal/spiritual growth with any population. She is especially interested in using GIM for women’s issues and for women who have been victims of domestic violence. Nan Bok together with  So Jin Kim will be conducting trainings in GIM beginning in 2011. Her contact information is www.nanbokmt.co.kr E-mail : nanboklee@hotmail.com







So Jin Kim, MA, MT-BC (Korea) / FAMI / Primary Trainer –SoJin is director of  The Beautiful Music therapy Center, in Incheon, Korea. She offers individual and group GIM for children, young people and adults. In addition she has been working with mid and high school students since 2006, using GIM. She is also a teacher of Music and the Psyche, Psychological Counseling and health and education courses. She helped in the formation of the Korean Association of Music and Imagery (KAMI). Currently she and Nan Bok Lee will offer the first Korean led GIM training in Korea in July 2011. Contact: ksjmt905@hanmail.net, eliyah905@hotmail.com






Lee, Ju Young, Ph. D., MMT, FAMI Judy is a Primary Trainer. She teaches at two of the most prestigious Universities in Seoul, Korea. At the University of Korea she is a Research Professor in the College of Medicine and a Music Therapist in the Integrative Medical Center at this same University. She is also a teaching professor in the Graduate School of Music Therapy at Sookmyung Women’s University as well as the lead researcher in the Sookmyung Music Therapy Center. Her clients are psychiatric patients, with chronic pain, depression, and cancer. She is continually researching the GIM Effect in medicine, especially in areas of stress reduction, an important part in her research population. Contact imformation is mtyoung@hanmail.net



Alysa Muller, Psy.D., FAMI has been a Primary Trainer in GIM for over 5 years. She also teaches and supervises clinicians in mandala assessment and the life cycle theory of mandala.  Alysa specializes in transformational therapy in which she utilizes traditional methods as well as the Bonny Method, mandala drawings and assessment, dream work, and other creative and experiential techniques. She  has an active private practice providing therapy, consultation and supervision to helping professionals.  She teaches clinicians and healers  to incorporate creative methods through workshops, supervisions, and consultations. Contacts: www.DrAlysaMuller.com and my e-mail DrAlysa@gmail.com






Alicia Picazo, MA,FAMI, is a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI) and a Primary Trainer in GIM.  As a trainer, she conducts trainings in Mexico and more recently, in  Madrid, Spain. Together with her focus on GIM she is a Certified Psychologist specializing in Gestalt therapy and Grief work.  She works with spiritual and transpersonal transformative processes through GIM and Mandala drawing. Her private practice is in Mexico City.   email: apcortina@jc.com.mx







Patricia Ortega Henderson, FAMI, is a primary trainer in GIM and has a private practice in Mexico   She uses GIM extensively in her private practice and has also specialized in Couples Psychotherapy with  a Jungian orientation. Her work with GIM includes mandalas and dreams. She also leads groups of Zapotec indigenous women in Oaxaca, Mexico and gives seminars on aspects of The Feminine Principle. Contact information: Lanz Duret 76, México D.F., 11220 , MEXICO
52-55 5557-3107 (P)       opatricia45@yahoo.com







Laurie Rugenstein, Ed.D., MT-BC, LPC, FAMI is a Primary Trainer.  Her work with GIM is informed by her background in transpersonal psychology, contemplative practice, and music therapy. She is an Associate Professor in the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology program at Naropa University, as well as a long-term meditator and meditation instructor. She has served as a music therapist with hospice for nearly 20 years. Laurie incorporates musical improvisation, voice work, and mandala drawing in her GIM practice. She also has a strong interest in the interface between psychotherapy, spirituality, and the natural world. Contact: dlrugen@msn.com





Nicki CohenNicki Cohen, Ph.D.,MT-BC is a Fellow and Primary Trainer of the AMI. She teaches for the Atlantis Institute at Texas Woman’s University, where Nicki is also a Professor of Music Therapy and Voice. She has a private GIM practice that incorporates music therapy techniques and modified forms of the Bonny Method as needed. Nicki conducts all levels of GIM trainings, and also offers workshops, supervisions, and therapeutic sessions. She is willing to teach internationally.  Nicki is currently writing a book entitled, Advanced Methods in Music Therapy Practice for Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Nicki’s website


Atlantis Institute Assistant Trainers

Brenda Burgner, LCSW, FAMI, Apprentice Trainer
Brenda is a Fellow and trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music.  As a licensed clinical social worker, she offers a holistic oriented private practice. Twenty years of experience have taught her to help clients awaken to their own strengths and inner resources. Brenda’s professional focus is helping people heal from trauma, depression, anxiety and grow in recovery from addictions.  Brenda incorporates Guided Imagery and Music, EMDR, and the MARI Card Test to partner with clients to achieve holistic healing.





Jen Worthen, MA, LPC, FAMI, is a Licensed professional counselor and a board certified music therapist, she also completed her  master’s with a major in Community Agency Counseling. As an assistant trainer she traveled to South Africa twice to work with Gina Kastele a primary trainer who completed her training in Germany through the Atlantis Program.  Jen has a private practice in Black Mountain, NC at a wellness clinic, Source for Well Being. She sees adult clients and uses GIM as her primary modality.  She is currently working with several Advanced GIM students as an advisor. Contact Information: jenwo1@charter.net, <http://www.sourceforwellbeing.com>






Lilia Saldaña Cortés, MA,FAMI, Has her Masters in Psychomotor Therapy, and has been an assistant trainer for past four years. She maintains a private practice in Mexico City.  In her private practice she uses GIM extensively and also is a Bioenergetic Therapist specializing in Core Energetics. She works as a psychomotor therapist with children, and their families and is developing spiritual work through the body-mind connection and GIM.  Contact information: Alamo 2 El Sauzalito, Naucalpan, Estado de México  Cellphone +(521)55 27282315  liliamarsc@prodigy.net.mx liliamarsc@yahoo.es






Alicia Abadi Ph.D, FAMI, is a bilingual (Spanish and English) assistant trainer of GIM, with a private practice in San Diego, CA, Tijuana, and Mexico City where she facilitates emotional healing through the integration of creative arts, GIM, EMDR, mandala work, and traditional methods as well as supervisions and workshops. She has also specialized in Art Therapy, and works with Bach Flower Therapy, and Cordillera de los Andes Flower Therapy. Alicia’s website; DraAliciaAbadi.com






María Montserrat Gimeno, Ph.D. FAMI, is an Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Music Therapy at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She has a master’s degree in music therapy and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of the Pacific. Also, she has 10 years of nursing background in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2004 she has taught introductory courses in GIM for the Music Therapy Program Instituto de Terapias Globales, Bilbao, Spain.  In 2010 she assisted Carol Bush in the first GIM Training offered by Alcala University in Madrid, Spain. Currently she is teaching at the National Institute of Health a course on adaptations of Music and Imagery in a Medical Setting. Contact at: gimenodomenech@gmail.com




Anne B Parker, MA, FAMI, MHSA, is a Board Certified Music Therapist with over 30 years of clinical experience. She has been president of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI) and former editor of their newsletter. Prior to establishing her clinical practice she had extensive experience as a CEO in several hospitals. Anne works as a Wellness Counselor and Supervisor of Wellness Programs at Miraval in Tucson, AZ. She uses the power of imagination, and playful exploration to open to different perspectives, create joy and balance in our lives, and to support and guide personal growth processes. She is frequently an invited presenter for training programs, professional conferences, corporate retreats, workshops, and team meetings, as well as for community groups. Contact Anne at annebparker@cox.net






Esperanza Torres, Psychologist, Music Therapist, GIM Therapist, teacher in Primary Process School. She is a primary trainer, and is coordinator of GIM trainings organized by ACMAI, in Vitoria,Spain. These trainings are sponsored by the Music, Art and Process Institute(MAP). As assistant trainer she works with Ginger Clarkson who has been teaching GIM, for years at this Institute. This is their second generation of students in working together. She is also a Psychotherapist in private practice, a teacher in the master’s training course for Music Therapy at MAP in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Esperansa is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Music Therapy, Aalborg University, Denmark. Contact information: esperanza@agruparte.com


Justine Dunnavant, MA, MT-BC, FAMI She is an active assistant trainer with Barb Davis and Brenda Burgner for the Atlantis Institute for the Counsciousness of Music. Justine also provides music therapy services for a wide range of populations with experience in clinical, corporate and educational settings. She came to Greenville, South Carolina, and founded her private music therapy practice, AriaRustic, in 2006. Read more at http://ariarustic.com and turningpointcommunity.com