Guided Imagery Work with Kids: Essential Practices to Help Them Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Build Self-Esteem

Guided Imagery Work with Kids: Essential Practices to Help Them Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Build Self-Esteem

by Mellisa Dormoy


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A toolbox of scripts for practicing a popular relaxation technique with child clients.

Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that uses sensory visualizations to engage the mind and imagination for healing. It is a simple, versatile therapeutic tool that uses “scripts” to help clients focus and guide their imagination, and has been shown to alleviate a host of common emotional issues in kids, from anxiety and insecurity to stress, anger, and the effects of bullying. Easier to practice than meditation or hypnosis, guided imagery allows kids to quickly focus, integrate their thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and practice self-compassion, all without the need for extraordinary discipline or time investment.

This concise book lays out all the essential guidelines for using this helpful healing practice in therapy, counseling, and any type of helping work with children. The opening chapters present the groundwork, explaining what guided imagery is, how it differs from mindfulness and hypnosis, how it works, and how to integrate it into therapy practice. The second half of the book offers dozens of detailed, ready-to-use guided imagery scripts for therapists to follow in their work with children. This rich collection of scripts is organized around the most common issues children present with in therapy, accompanied by helpful notes for working with particular age groups, and illustrated in practice through illuminating case vignettes. Issues addressed include:

• Anxiety and tension

• Stress management

• Low self-esteem

• Emotional health

• Difficulty showing empathy

• Social stress

• Low energy and lack of motivation

And much more. Readers will learn techniques to treat a range of child problems and encourage inner healing, happiness, and goal achievement. Small in format, therapists can consult this guide any time they want to use a script with a child during the therapy hour. It’s an adaptable tool for novice and experienced therapists alike to achieve maximum benefits in a minimum amount of time, even with no prior knowledge of guided imagery. Guided imagery scripts can be used in conjunction with any therapeutic approach, and are easily adapted to fit particular needs. With the scripts, skills, and essential principles in Guided Imagery Work with Kids, professionals will have everything they need to begin applying this effective method in their work with young clients.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393710700
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/27/2016
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 541,915
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mellisa Dormoy, a certified hypnotherapist, is a dedicated teacher and author with a focus on children’s self-esteem and happiness. She is the founder of Shambala Kids & Teens, which produces guided relaxation audio CDs, programs, and classes to help children and teens with a range of common issues including self-esteem, stress management, and goal attainment.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

1 What is Guided Imagery? 13

2 Basic Preparations and Practices for Working with Children 35

3 Types of Guided Imagery 55

4 Using Guided Imagery in Therapy 103

5 Scripts and Practices 127

Opening Relaxation Exercises 128

Relaxation Exercise 128

Big Belly Breath 129

Deep Breathing 130

Guided Imagery for Specific Presenting Issues: Case Scenarios and Scripts 131

Anxiety and Tension 132

Stone Path 132

Happy Heart Meditation 133

Test or School Anxiety 134

You Are Loved 136

Breathing for Stress Elimination 138

Difficulty Showing Empathy 140

Quick Island Get Away 140

Inner Strength/Treasure Chest 141

Someone Else's Shoes 144

Lack of Motivation 147

Walking by the Lake 147

Climbing the Mountain of Success 149

Soaring up High 150

Social Stress 154

Peaceful Kids 154

Empathy for Others 158

Inner Listening 160

Self-Esteem 161

Low Self-Esteem 164

Floating Away 164

Astronaut 165

I Am a Hero 167

Cozy Castle 168

More Scripts for Stress-Management, Energy, and Emotional Health 172

Enchanted Forest 172

Rainbow Colors 173

Feel the Energy of an Oak Tree 175

More Relaxation Scripts 177

Melting Ice Cube Relaxation 177

Rain Shower of Light 177

Wave of Relaxation 178

Magic Carpet Ride 178

Breathing Away Stress 180

Bubble Blower 181

Melting Away Tension 183

References 187

Index 189

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