Using Imagery to Address Physical and Psychological Trauma Academic Article uri icon


  • In this chapter we present two interventions within health care settings using art therapy and guided imagery with accident-induced acute stress disorder (ASD). These cases both utilize images and are then compared. The analysis points to the importance of interactive shifts from physical to cognitive interventions that use images in both art therapy and guided imagery. We discussed differences between artwork and guided imagery, and their implications in health care with accident survivors. Within today's complex and fast-moving reality, motor accidents are central reasons for clients to seek out therapeutic intervention in health care settings. Accidents often involve actual or threatened death, serious injury, or a threat to physical integrity of self or other, to which the individual's response involves intense fear, helplessness, or horror. As a traumatic event, an accident exacts a toll on body as …

publication date

  • October 19, 2012