Guided Imagery

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  • Guided imagery is a mind-body intervention by which a trained practitioner or teacher helps a participant or patient to evoke and generate mental images that simulate or re-create the sensory perception of sights, sounds, etc...
  • There is no history of this method as there was no religious belief behind this process.
  • Advantages: The client is in control of the imagery, which can be very empowering, effectiveness in reducing troubling symptoms, particularly those associated with anxiety and depression, sessions are very fast; most don't even take an hour.
  • Disadvantages: it’s not intended to be a stand-alone therapy for those struggling with chronic disorders, or whose symptoms are in the moderate to severe range.
  • In psychopathology, clinicians have typically focused on involuntary imagery which "comes to mind" unbidden, such as in a depressed person's experience of intrusive unwelcome negative images indicative of sadness, hopelessness, and morbidity; or images that recapitulate previous distressing events that characterize posttraumatic stress disorder. In clinical practice and psychopathology, involuntary mental images are considered intrusive when they occur unwanted and unbidden, "hijacking attention" to some extent.
  • only about 55% of the population is strongly wired visually. It helps with many things; an athlete could have a 10 second moment just before he or she is jumping off a diving board, shooting or saving the ball, and or many other things.
  • $89 per hour if you buy 4 and a half hours at once otherwise it's $200 per session.
  • In order to have this type of treatment, you need to find a counselor who specializes in this stuff. A CD or video cannot replace what a counselor can do instead.
  • Some illnesses this type of treatment can cure would include but are not limited to PTSD, social anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and more. Although there is no guaranteed cure rate, this is a very effective type of treatment that works for most people even after just the first session.
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