This transtheoretical model builds on and further develops simple distinctions generally observed in clinical practice. By so doing it appears to capture more of the complexity involved in the therapeutic use of mental imagery; particularly in relation to the way that images operate as potent communication agents allowing a productive and interactive dialogue between the rational and imaginal perspectives. Although in its early stages of development, its base and structure appear to be sound and it has the potential to offer a helpful more inclusive framework for practice. However, the test of a model’s usefulness lies in its application to therapeutic practice. In Part Two I will discuss the contribution this model can make to more inclusive practice.
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