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.

Introduction Imagery: The Language of the Soul

Introduction imagery: The language of the soul

O'Connell and O'Connell (1974) coined the term ‘psychonauts’ to describe devotees of the personal growth movement in the 1960s. At a time when scientists sent astronauts into outer space, psychologists were developing the therapeutic technologies to journey into ‘inner space’. Many of these technologies like psychodrama, psychosynthesis and Gestalt psychology broke new ground, but still borrowed heavily from the great literary and spiritual traditions of both East and West (Ferguson, 1983). Developments in counselling theory and practice put the client at the centre of the therapeutic process. Imagery techniques became widely adopted and developed in these new therapies. Talking cures alone were found to be insufficient to access the deeper recesses of ...

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