Supportive yet challenging, this volume contains 30 useful hints and reminders to help both students and professionals in counseling examine and improve key areas of ther work. Developing Gestalt Counseling encourages counselors to focus on areas that they feel need special attention by covering topics such as relationship and dialogue, assessment in the Gestalt approach; contact, awareness, proactivity, and responsibility; and experimental and creative methods. Author Jennifer Mackewn provides an easy-to-read and informative book for readers who are already familiar with the fundamentals of counseling and have begun work with clients in counseling psychology and social work settings.
Chapter 17: Introducing and Developing Imagery and Metaphor
Introducing and Developing Imagery and Metaphor
Working with Imagery
The use of symbol and imagery can be an important means of reaching the other person in an unexpected and fresh manner and may allow people to contact aspects or depths of themselves which they ordinarily cannot access or which they mask in conventional language or habitual (fixed) patterns of thought. The language of symbol and imagery is the language of the unconscious and the transpersonal, the language of dreams and fairy tales. It enables us to visit our imaginative inner world and find our own deeper intuitive wisdom.
You can notice the images, symbols and metaphors that clients introduce and sometimes draw attention to them or develop them in an experimental way.
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