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Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery
Creative Interventions in Counselling & Psychotherapy

September 2006 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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. Potential pitfalls and ethical considerations are also explored, making Guided Imagery a useful resource for practitioners and an ideal text for use on counseling and psychotherapy training courses.

The Language of the Soul

Guided Imagery in the Therapeutic Setting
Historical and Psychological Foundations

Guided Imagery in Practice
Themes in Dialogic Guided Imagery
Counsellor Perspectives on Managing the Client-Counsellor Relationship
Generating Guided Imagery Using Scripts
Using Drawing to Explore Imagery
Working With Spontaneously Generated Imagery
Bringing the Body Alive
How Do We Know it Works?
Ethical Considerations
Contraindications and Health Warnings


`The aim of this clear and engaging book is to facilitate counsellors and clients in working creatively and ethically with client-generated imagery. From an integrative perspective, I expect this text to prove an invaluable guide to this most creative of techniques in the repertoire of interventions for both the trainee and the experienced counsellor' - Therapy Today

`Hall et al bring many years of practice and academic experience to their material. The books is accessible in its style and makes extensive use of interesting case histories' - Eisteach (Journal for the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)

`Even those of us who are well versed in the use of imagery can find novel uses in Guided Imagery: Creative Interventions in Counselling and Psychotherapy.' - PsycCritiques

"Written for both experienced and trainee counselors, guided Imagery will be a uniquely useful resource for practitioners and an ideal text for used in counseling and psychotherapy training courses."

Highly interesting and useful for sparking ideas of working.

Ms Su Illingworth
Professional Development, Craven College
November 29, 2019

A great book for beginners

Miss nicola lord
department of health, preston collage
February 19, 2016

This very readable book explores some imaginative counselling interventions. As well as giving possible guided imagery scripts it also demonstrates how to explore spontaneous imagery brought to the session by the client.

Mrs Hilary McNair
Kent Adult Education, Kent Adult Education
November 21, 2015

This is a great introduction to guided imagery. The scripts provided make these techniques user friendly and thus easily adapted for use with clients.

Ms Victoria Louise Booth
H.E Care, Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
November 15, 2015

This text provides an updated and modern view on GI - very accessible.

Dr Sarah Taylor
Counselling & Psychotherapy with Children and Young People , Northern Guild of Psychotherapy
September 18, 2015

interesting book. bringing the body alive chapter was particularly useful for students exploring using imagery in relaxation technques for people with early to moderate dementia

Mrs Jeni Bell
medicine for older people, Southampton General Hospital
April 14, 2014

this is an excellent book for experiential work with students especially in personal developemnt groups it provides useful exercises which in turn help link process to self

Mrs Deborah Regan
academy, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
September 19, 2012

The authors have explored theory and applied it to real examples of how imagery can be used in an active and creative way. Informed with examples and possible dialogue between client and Counsellor, it helps practitioners with an interest in this area gain confidence in the use of guided imagery.

Mr Mike Bancroft
Counselling, Alton College
October 24, 2011

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