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This chapter has offered some thoughts on how to incorporate a more inclusive approach to mental imagery into ongoing therapeutic practice. It is not possible to give any prescriptive rules: the effective integration of mental imagery into therapy depends on the skills, inclinations and sensitivity of the practitioner. However, it has been possible to say something about the way that using mental images that represent fundamental dimensions of human experience can be interwoven through talking therapy. There is an emphasis in this more inclusive approach on regarding mental images, not simply as a therapeutic technique, but instead offering an ongoing site for therapeutic work. The framing images discussed here can continue to serve the client as a means of self-development after the end of therapy. In the following chapter I go on to examine some of the more concrete and specific practice issues that can arise in a more inclusive therapeutic practice with mental imagery.


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