Using mental imagery in counselling and psychotherapy
In this workshop, Val Thomas will present an introduction to the use of mental imagery in talking therapies. It is designed for therapists who want a means of using mental imagery effectively in their practice. Most therapeutic approaches accept that the client’s mental imagery offers a way of communicating with the nonconscious aspects of the self. However, each school makes therapeutic use of this means of communication in characteristically different ways. In this workshop, Val will be presenting an integrative framework for practice, one that focuses on the dialogic process between the conscious and nonconscious mediated by mental imagery.
This workshop consists of experiential work, theory, and case studies. Participants will be taught how to use mental imagery as a simple one-off intervention to shed light on emotional/psychological and somatic states presented by clients. They will also be introduced to the use of 'framing images', which are imagery representations of fundamental dimensions of the self (theorised as conceptual metaphors). One framing image, in particular, i.e. the path, will be explored in more depth to demonstrate how it can be used as a site for ongoing therapeutic work and reflection on issues of agency, direction, and life goals.
About Valerie Thomas
Dr Val Thomas is a counsellor/psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and writer, formerly a Senior Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University. Her book, Using Mental Imagery in Counselling and Psychotherapy, has been recently published by Routledge. For further information go to www.valeriethomas.uk