“Joanne came to see me because she felt her life was going nowhere. Recently divorced and with no children, she felt now was the time to make changes to her life but she simply did not know how. Creative visualisation was used as part of the hypnotherapy process, to help Joanne focus her mind and bring about a clearer vision of her future .Having experienced treatment over three sessions, Joanne was able to practice the technique on her own and commented on how well she was feeling, thanks to the techniques she was using ”
Creative visualisation, which is also also called guided imagery is a useful technique that helps a person visualise a particular outcome and work towards it. It is commonly associated with athletes, who visualise success in their particular event, however, it is a useful technique can be utilised by anyone who wants to increase their ability to succeed in achieving their goals.
The process involves using the powers of the mind to create successful images of themselves, accompagnied by sounds and feelings to make the image more realistic. The purpose of which is to alter the current status of a persons mental imagery to bring about positive emotional changes and desensitize anxiety or fear. In essence the technique is actively used to provide a therapeutic means of changing the way a person reacts to a wide array of situations and circumstances so they can bring out the best in themselves.
For example, fear of public speaking is a common problem that many have to deal with on a daily basis. Creative visualisation when conducted by a suitably qualified therapist, allows the individual to change the emotional response to being in front of a group, and reduces the fear response and brings about new feelings of self confidence.
In terms of success, the process can be used to enhance feelings and emotions that relate to a successful outcome for the individual. Whether this is a sporting event, a job interview or in fact any potential occasion in which the individual wants to perform at their very best .
As a technique its strength comes from the fact that the mind cannot differentiate between real and imaginary images, therefore by utilising the technique of creative visualisation, the individual can positively affect their own responses with help initially from a qualified therapist.