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.
Chapter 2: Guided Imagery in Therapeutic Practice
Guided Imagery in Therapeutic Practice
I have spread my dreams under your feet, Tread softly because you tread on my dreams
(W.B. Yeats, Heaven's Embroidered Cloths)
Counsellors who use guided imagery as part of their therapeutic repertoire need to consider the following issues:
- managing client expectations and assumptions
- clients’ preparedness and readiness for the activity
- timing and time implications for generating and working with guided imagery
- the physical setting of the counselling room
- additional equipment, e.g. paper, drawing equipment, clay and so on.
Clients arriving for counselling or psychotherapy will rarely expect to be asked to close their eyes and relax, let alone engage with guided imagery, so careful preparation is essential. Occasionally it would be appropriate for a new client to be asked to engage with imagery work ...