Cognitive therapy and the restructuring of early memories through guided imagery

Edwards, D.J.A. (1990) Cognitive therapy and the restructuring of early memories through guided imagery. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 4 (1). pp. 33-50. ISSN 0889-8391




This article describes the application of a guided imagery psychodrama technique to emotionally charged early memories. Such memories provide access to core schemata about the self and social relationships. Two case studies illustrate how the imagery technique enables the therapist to identify and restructure key cognitions out of which the schemata are constructed. The need for techniques to modify developmentally primitive schemata is discussed. Examples are given of ways to assist the patient in confronting the strong affect that may be aroused and in dealing with cognitions that block the process. Effectiveness is discussed in terms of the contribution of a guided imagery session to the overall process of ''learning to learn'' that takes place in cognitive psychotherapy.

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Additional Information:This article has been reproduced with the permission of Springer Publishing Company, LLC, New York, NY 10036.
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cognitive therapy; memory; Psychodrama; Schema; early memories; imagery; guided imagery; cognitive technique; developed schemata
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Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Psychology
ID Code:1515
Deposited On:27 Oct 2009
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