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.

Ethical Considerations: Contraindications and Health Warnings

Ethical considerations: Contraindications and health warnings

This is dangerous!

How do I know where this will lead?

Guided imagery can't surely be suitable for use with all clients?

These statements are a distillation of the concerns raised by counsellors in practice, counsellor educators and counsellor trainees and as such demand attention. We alluded earlier to the not uncommon view that the use of guided imagery in therapy is potentially dangerous because it may revive memories of traumatic events and that only a specialist should work with these memories. This warning is applied particularly to the recovery of memories of childhood sexual abuse. Some professionals suggest that the early career counsellor should not meddle in high-risk activities and leave imagery work to their more ...

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