Jul 17 2007

Guided Imagery: Steps

Published by at 8:56 am under Guided Imagery

The basic steps in the interactional guided imagery method are to teach the client to use:

  • conscious breathing & progressive muscle relaxation
  • reverse counting to deepen their level of relaxation
  • creating and exploring spontaneous images
  • structured imagery exercises <--
  • processing and developing new meaning
  • conclusion of experience

Facilitating an imagery session brings deep relaxation to the client and helps them access feelings that while in a more wakeful state are unavailable to them.

I see this over and over again in my work. Clients come into my office, begin to relax and feel comfortable. Soon they are able to feel more deeply, often sadness and grief. They are able to release feelings related to family experiences, abuse or neglect, from long ago.

In the role of the facilitator and connected to the client’s experience, I am also able to empathically see and feel what the client is experiencing. We are in the moment and experiencing a deeper aspect of our humanity.

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