Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy

Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy

Paperback Oxford Guides in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Edited by Ann Hackmann, Edited by James Bennett-Levy, Edited by Emily A. Holmes

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 18mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199234027
  • ISBN 13: 9780199234028
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 50,957

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Imagery is one of the new, exciting frontiers in cognitive therapy. From the outset of cognitive therapy, its founder Dr. Aaron T. Beck recognised the importance of imagery in the understanding and treatment of patient's problems. However, despite Beck's prescience, clinical research on imagery, and the integration of imagery interventions into clinical practice, developed slowly. It is only in the past 10 years that most writing and research on imagery in cognitive therapy has been conducted. The Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy is a landmark book, which will play an important role in the next phase of cognitive therapy's development. Clinicians and researchers are starting to recognise the centrality of imagery in the development, maintenance and treatment of psychological disorders - for example, in social phobia, agoraphobia, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, childhood trauma, and personality disorder. In the fields of cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience, researchers are identifying the key role that imagery plays in emotion, cognition and psychopathology. The Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy has been written both for clinicians and researchers. For clinicians, it is a user-friendly, practical guide to imagery, which will enable therapists to understand imagery phenomenology, and to integrate imagery-based interventions into their cognitive therapy practice. For researchers, it provides a state-of-the-art summary of imagery research, and points the way to future studies. Written by three well-respected CBT researcher-clinicians, it is essential reading for all cognitive therapists, who have recognised the limitations of purely 'verbal' CBT techniques, and want to find new ways to work with clients with psychological disorders.

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Dr Emily A. Holmes is a Clinical Psychologist with a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. She is currently a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry, UK. She is also a clinician, specialised in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). Dr. Holmes is known for her clinical expertise and research in mental imagery - particularly trauma memory, with current work also reaching into depression and bipolar disorder. Dr Holmes' present work in experimental psychopathology seeks to understand cognitive mechanisms underlying distress across psychological disorders. In particular she is interested in the impact of mental imagery on emotional processing, and the impact of processing biases in the way people interpret information. Dr Emily Holmes receives research grant support from the Royal Society, ESRC and Wellcome Trust in the UK.

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This volume is a timely addition to the cognitive therapy field and one which will be consulted for many years to come. The Journal of Behaviour Change, 2012

Table of contents

Foreword ; Preface: How to use this book ; Invited Essay: From ancient shamanic healing to 21st century psychotherapy: The central role of imagery methods in effecting psychological change ; PART ONE: IMAGERY IN CONTEXT ; 1. Imagery in the tradition of Beckian cognitive therapy ; 2. The phenomenology of imagery in clinical practice ; 3. Experimental research on imagery: Implications for clinical practice ; 4. The effective components of imagery interventions in clinical practice ; PART TWO: PREPARATION FOR IMAGERY INTERVENTIONS ; 5. Establishing the platform for imagery interventions: General principles and practices ; 6. Assessment of imagery ; 7. Micro-formulation of imagery ; PART THREE: IMAGERY INTERVENTIONS: REMOVING AND TRANSFORMING NEGATIVE IMAGERY ; 8. Working with intrusive day-time images ; 9. Using imagery to work with upsetting memories ; 10. Working with night-time imagery ; 11. Working with metaphorical imagery ; PART FOUR: IMAGERY INTERVENTIONS: CREATING POSITIVE IMAGERY ; 12. Positive imagery: Creating goals, developing new skills and problem solving ; 13. Positive imagery: Creating new ways of being ; PART 5: CONCLUDING COMMENTS ; 14. Future directions in working with imagery in cognitive therapy