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.

Counsellor Perspectives on Managing the Client—Counsellor Relationship

Counsellor perspectives on managing the client—counsellor relationship

Love seeketh not Itself to please Nor for itself hath any care, But for another gives its ease, And builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.

(William Blake, The Clod and the Pebble)

Interactive or dialogic imagery journeys by their very nature require the facilitation and support of a guide. We wouldn't usually encourage clients to do this themselves, except when they are using the images as ‘homework’ for positive reinforcement or to recall positive images at times of pressure or stress. It is possible to self-guide, but with our own experiments, the mind has a tendency to wander off the theme and the process becomes more akin to a daydream than an imagery journey. ...

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