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Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery
Creative Interventions in Counselling & Psychotherapy

October 2006 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Guided Imagery is a unique, practical guide to using imagery in one-to-one therapeutic work with clients. Through numerous examples drawn from their own experience, the authors show how the techniques involved can be integrated into everyday practice.

The authors describe the different processes of using guided imagery and working from a script and show how drawing can be used to augment imagery work. In addition to planned strategies for using imagery, they also show how images which arise spontaneously during sessions can be harnessed and used to enhance the therapeutic process.

The practical strategies and techniques outlined in the book are examined in the context of a variety of theoretical frameworks (the person-centered approach, gestalt, existentialism and psychosynthesis) and research findings. Potential pitfalls and ethical considerations are also explored, making Guided Imagery a useful resource for practitioners and an ideal text for use on counseling and psychotherapy training courses.

The Language of the Soul

Guided Imagery in the Therapeutic Setting
Historical and Psychological Foundations

Guided Imagery in Practice
Themes in Dialogic Guided Imagery
Counsellor Perspectives on Managing the Client-Counsellor Relationship
Generating Guided Imagery Using Scripts
Using Drawing to Explore Imagery
Working With Spontaneously Generated Imagery
Bringing the Body Alive
How Do We Know it Works?
Ethical Considerations
Contraindications and Health Warnings


Good theoretical underpinning.

Miss Kate Steabler
HE Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 11, 2011

This book offers practical and creative perspectives on the use of imagery in therapy. As a trainer of an imaginal model for the resolution of trauma, I recognise the benefit of encouraging confidence and flexibility with these techniques...a goal which I think this book supports well.

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
April 21, 2010

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