The therapeutic power of guided imagery (MP3)

The therapeutic power of guided imagery (MP3)

by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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The skilled use of guided imagery taps into our imagination and natural problem-solving capacity and as such is one of the most powerful tools available to health and welfare professionals. It is also one of the fastest ways to reduce emotional arousal and generate deep relaxation — the crucial first step towards lasting therapeutic change.

This fascinating and practical MP3 contains a wealth of information including:

  • how to use guided imagery to treat a variety of problems: anxiety, pain, phobias, trauma, stress, depression, addiction, anger, feelings of inadequacy, and to improve performance (at public speaking, sports, taking exams etc.) 
  • how guided imagery taps into our natural learning and problem-solving states, enabling us to change our behaviour patterns and rehearse new ones
  • the skills and process involved; how to maximise your chances of successfully engaging and relaxing even the most difficult of clients
  • the connection between the REM state, daydreaming and guided imagery
  • the benefits of clinical hypnosis and the dangers of stage hypnosis
  • why the misuse of our imaginations is at the heart of much psychological distress
  • many therapeutic ideas you can use with your clients.

An example relaxation induction that you can adapt for clients or use for yourself.

Approx running time: 66 mins


Also available from Human Givens College:

One-day Course: 'Guided imagery and visualisation for therapeutic change'

  • Format: M4B Audiobook (MP3)
  • ISBN: 1-899398-57-0
  • Running time: 65 min

About the author(s)

Joe GriffinJoe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

Scientific reviewers around the world have described his research on dreaming with such phrases as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology... rigorously scientific... an important milestone... moves our understanding on significantly... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes... a major key to the nature of all psychic states.” He is co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances and numerous best-selling books, including How to lift, Freedom from Addiction and Why we dream: the definitive answer.

Joe has two daughters and lives with his wife, Liz, in a small medieval town by the river Barrow in rural Ireland.

Ivan TyrrellIvan Tyrrell's interest in psychology stems from a childhood experience of undergoing surgery under hypnosis. For twenty years he studied the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling models, linking this to what science is discovering about the brain and mind/body/mood connections. As Editorial Director of the Human Givens Journal he has collaborated on many major articles with a variety of distinguished clinicians, writers and other individuals with a focus on psychology, social issues and mental health.

Ivan worked for many years as a psychotherapist and lecturer and is now director of Human Givens College. He founded the Human Givens Institute. He has one son and three daughters and lives with his wife, Véronique, in the Cotswold countryside.