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II Towards more inclusive practice

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An introduction to the model in practice

In Part One of this book, I considered the wider historical and cultural contexts of mental imagery as a healing modality and the theoretical dimensions of developing more inclusive frameworks: now in Part Two the focus turns to how theory can translate into more inclusive practice. This chapter presents an introduction to how the interactive communicative model of mental imagery can be used to inform therapeutic practice. I begin by discussing the main principle that informs the application of the model, i.e. maintaining a dynamic balance between the rational and imaginal perspectives, and the implications of this for therapeutic work. Other important aspects of therapeutic work with mental imagery are also considered, including: the induced relaxation state; how both the therapist’s and client’s attitudes towards imagery influence the work; and issues of imagery interpretation. The second half of the chapter goes on to introduce and provide a context for the next three chapters in this part of the book; all three deliver guidance on using three particular framing images that represent important aspects of the self.

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