I have used guided visual imagery in my practice in MFT based on a technique learned in training with Sheldon Kramer, Ph.D. Dr. Kramer describes his technique in his book, Transforming the Inner & Outer Family - Mind, Body, Systems Therapy. He was an associate of Virginia Satir at USIU prior to her death. The book was one the two of them were working on.
In the technique the client is guided through relaxation with the suspension of vigilence, then asked to visualize themselves with members of their family or significant others. The therapist guides the client from family member to family member in visualization,and also through "shuttling" from family member to family member. Through shuttling the client in a sense role plays through visualization the family member. Then when appropriate the therapist guides the client back to their self.
The result is a powerful tool to create insight and awareness. My experience with the technique has been very helpful in therapy. To become skillful with the technique takes mucy practice.
I highly recommend the book. Dr. Kramer is still here in San Diego at Psych Centers of San Diego.
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