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on 18 March 2015
A superb addition to any practicing therapists library as a resource and inspiration. The introductory chapter is a thorough and exemplary review of the history and development of applied imaginal techniques. The remainder of the book focuses on various forms of spontaneous and constructed multi sensory mental imagery and their role in a range of psychological disorders as well active therapeutic interventions to modify and influence the content and meaning. The book builds on empirical research into the phenomenology of imagery and also provides wonderful case illustrations demonstrating the application of formulating problems from an image focused CBT perspective. Highly recomended and has already fundamentally influenced my practice as a therapist.
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VINE VOICEon 1 May 2013
A short-ish (225 pages) book which nevertheless manages to cover a lot of ground. There's quite a bit of background to using imagery in therapy - why images are important, how they affect us emotionally etc; - which, potentially you could skip, but it is useful reading anyway. Chapters 6 and 7 are my favourites: very practical about how to explore images with clients, their beliefs about those images, what they think having those images says about them etc; I suspect that people would like more detailed case studies, which is why I've given the book 4 rather than 5 stars. But it's a good introduction all the same.
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on 16 August 2015
I absolutely love this book. Anyone who is starting to use imagery in CBT or imagery alone, this book is really helpful. It provides you with an introduction to imagery, how to use it and formulate from it and then how to change difficult images. Practical and easy to read.
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on 21 November 2014
Brilliant
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on 25 October 2011
Hackmann, Bennet-Levy and Holmes deliver again. Those who are familiar with their work should also know (and own) the 'Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments...'. This manual, just like the other Oxford Guides, clearly shows why CBT is 'the' favorite form of therapeutic treatment among clinicians. An important set of tools and interventions for all those interested in 'evidence-based psychological treatments'.

Daniel Mirea Senior Lecturer and CBT consultant
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