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.

Guided Imagery in the Therapeutic Setting: Historical and Psychological Foundations

Guided imagery in the therapeutic setting: Historical and psychological foundations

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. When we bring what is within us out into the world, miracles happen.

(Henry Thoreau, 1817–62)

In this chapter we provide an overview of the historical and psychological foundations of guided imagery and how its use was developed in clinical settings. This involves two distinct strands; first, the approaches taken by psychologists in the empirical research tradition of the USA and the UK and second, developments emerging out of the work of psychiatrists and clinicians in continental Europe. We begin with the problems of defining imagery and the related notion ...

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