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.

Generating Guided Imagery Using Scripts

Generating guided imagery using scripts

Without my journey

And without the spring

I would have missed this dawn.

Shiki (1856–1902)

In this chapter we draw a clear distinction between dialogic or interactive guided imagery and a pre-scripted multi-sensory imagery narrative, read aloud by the counsellor to the client or group. For the client, the first mode is by its nature a public, active process: the second a more private, passive one. In the first, interactive dialogic mode, the counsellor works face-to-face with a client and chooses a theme based on an intuitive or in-the-moment judgement about the developmental or emotional needs of the client. The client recounts their experience aloud in real time and the counsellor uses interventions or prompts to ask the client to ...

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