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.

Themes in Dialogic Guided Imagery

Themes in dialogic guided imagery

The themes included here are those we have found particularly potent for clients and trainee counsellors over many years, but we would encourage counsellors to be creative in building their own bank of imagery themes. We suggest, for example, that technology provides a fresh source of themes relevant to a client's experience.

There are three main sources of themes for the counsellor to use in one-to-one sessions:

  • existing psychological literature and new themes such as those involving technologies
  • themes that the counsellor creates to meet the specific needs of the client
  • themes which emerge out of images spontaneously generated from client-counsellor dialogue.

An idea for an imagery theme might emerge out of an intuition based on prior knowledge of the client's ...

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