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Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery
Creative Interventions in Counselling & Psychotherapy

September 2006 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`I would recommend reading this enjoyable book in which the authors convey practical, creative and compassionate authenticity throughout. I think it will appeal to experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and arts therapists. It will also be a valuable resource to students' - Therapy Today

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

`fascinating scenarios…. a useful book to have - I have really enjoyed reading it' - International Arts Therapies Journal (Online)

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-centred 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 counselling 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


Good theoretical underpinning.

Miss Kate Steabler
HE Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
January 11, 2011

This book offers practical and creative perspectives on the use of imagery in therapy. As a trainer of an imaginal model for the resolution of trauma, I recognise the benefit of encouraging confidence and flexibility with these techniques...a goal which I think this book supports well.

Mrs Lindsay Schofield
PICT, Penny Parks Training
April 21, 2010

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