Imagery and visualization can be used in many ways in CBT. Having clients visualize difficult experiences as part of cognitive restructuring can be quite useful. However, it usually isn't sufficient to simply have the client re-visualize painful experiences. It is important to help them restructure the experience. One good reference is:
Smucker, M.R. & Niederee, J. (1995). Treating incest-related PTSD through imaginal exposure and rescripting. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 2, 63-93.
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