Guided Imagery Work with Kids

Essential Practices to Help Them Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety & Build Self-Esteem

Mellisa Dormoy (Author)

Overview | Contents

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.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • February 2016
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71070-0
  • 5.8 × 8.6 in / 208 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“[A] great natural approach to use with children. Children need to know that their thoughts and emotions and who they are as individuals matters. In the right professional hands, this book could help enable those healthy conditions, benefiting children as they get older because they have learned better coping skills.” — Energy Times

“[A] great source of information and insight. . . . The range of specific visualisations is impressive, including test anxiety, anger, empathy issues, inner strength, motivation, social stress and self-esteem. More general visualisations, such as ‘we are all one’, contain illuminating and uplifting details. . . . I would highly recommend this one to all counsellors, as its depth, breadth and insight make it a valuable source of information and practical techniques.” — BACP Children and Young People

Guided Imagery Work with Kids provides sample scripts that would be ideal for school counselors and others who want to try Dormoy’s recommendations with kids experiencing such situations as general school stress, test anxiety, lack of empathy for classmates, and distress over parents’ divorce.” — Parenting Press "News for Parents"

“This brilliant book will teach you how to harness the incredible power of the imagination through guided imagery, empowering children to believe in themselves, show empathy and compassion, and cope with emotional difficulties, worries, and fears. It's a must-read for professionals working with children. A book that you will refer to again and again.” — Andrea Addington, MSW, RSW, certified anxiety specialist, clinical social worker, and counselor for children and teens in private practice

“Mellisa Dormoy has written the essential book for anyone working with children. Today, many kids are digitally inundated, extremely scheduled, and constantly wired. The timeless qualities of guided imagery, so lucidly explained by Dormoy, can relieve these pressures and support social and emotional development. As practical as it is vital, this book delivers both a primer for the novice and an enhancement for the experienced practitioner. Highly recommended.” — Rev. Maryann D'Angeli, MA, LPC, NBCCH, former learning consultant, Pre-K-high school, professional counselor and practitioner of clinical hypnotherapy in private practice.

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