Clients who do not know how to properly manage the stress they face in life are at a higher risk of relapse. Visualization, or Guided Imagery, is another method used to reduce stress, increase positive thoughts, and improve coping skills. Although visualization is a major component of this method, it is much more than simply imagining something in your mind.
Considered a form of hypnosis, Guided Imagery Therapy puts clients in a highly relaxed state to awaken the subconscious mind. It uses the connection between the central nervous system and visual cortex to impact the physical and emotional state to bring about healthy changes. There are several different cognitive imagery techniques used in guided imagery, including positive and negative imagery, associated imagery, and coping imagery.