The Positive Power of Imagery: Harnessing Client Imagination in CBT and Related Therapies

The Positive Power of Imagery: Harnessing Client Imagination in CBT and Related Therapies

The Positive Power of Imagery: Harnessing Client Imagination in CBT and Related Therapies

The Positive Power of Imagery: Harnessing Client Imagination in CBT and Related Therapies

Synopsis

The Positive Power of Imagery presents the theory and practice of imagery therapy as a creative intervention that challenges therapists to learn the skills for creatively designing personalized exercises to match clients' specific needs, problems, and personalities.
  • Presents a unique integration of imagery therapy with CBT and positive psychology
  • Challenges therapists to develop imagery therapy techniques tailored to fit their individual clients' personalities and problems
  • Features case illustrations and guidelines for the use of imagery and metaphors for both adults and children

Excerpt

The present book is an outcome of my self-guided, personal journey toward becoming a therapist. My journey has been rich and variegated, peopled along the way with a broad range of clients of all ages from diverse ethnicities and cultures, suffering from various disorders, and bringing with them different life experiences, gaps in motivation for change, and, of course, a richness of abilities, skills, and resources. As I worked with these clients along my personal and professional path to becoming a mental health practitioner, some experiences helped me craft my choices about where I should go next as a therapist; from time to time, my path deviated from the main roads to encounter sudden detours, obstacles, and hazards; and eventually, some clients and some of my work gradually began to seem like familiar signposts on roads traveled daily.

As I look back at roads I already traveled as I grew and developed as a therapist, the memories come to me mainly as pictures. Some are snapshots – actual, colorful, visual pictures that I see in my mind’s eye – like a certain client’s proud facial expression, or a couple’s body language as they shout fervently at one another. Some are metaphorical; that is, I can hear or see a story playing itself out in images with hidden meanings – like the vision of a wild animal family interacting against the backdrop of a natural landscape as a mental metaphor I created while treating a certain family. Some pictures more resemble abstract art, like a complex image I envisioned for the interrelationships between the components of the human psyche.

Indeed, as I survey those landscapes and experiences on my road to learning this profession, the most striking discovery is how replete with imagery my journey has been. In this book, I hope to open up a vivid album of all my travels up to this point in time, and to share with my readers the fascinating pictures and memories I have been privileged to see, feel, and sense, and how I learned to navigate and draw on countless images to help my clients and myself over the years of my career. The current volume is a crucial milestone in my journey, because here I hope to assemble some key highlights of my travels and some insights I reached . . .

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