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.

Working with Spontaneously Generated Imagery

Working with spontaneously generated imagery

Our emotions are both preceded and accompanied by images. Our stress is created by perceptions and images. Our relationships are mightily affected by the images that accompany our core beliefs. The ways in which we relate to the world and to others are dictated by our images of ourselves and how we imagine our futures.

(Deirdre Davis Brigham, 1994: 33)

One of the most basic human drives is to make ourselves real, visible to others. Essentially to be understood. Clients enter therapy, whether they are aware of it or not, in the hope that in being more vividly seen by the counsellor they will become, as if by magic, more visible to themselves. Having temporarily lost, or forgotten, ...

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