Definition of KIP (Katathym Imaginative Psychotherapy) or Guided Affective Imagery

Guided imagery is the use of relaxation and mental visualization to improve mood and/or physical well-being. Guided imagery is a two-part process. The first component involves reaching a state of deep relaxation through breathing and muscle relaxation techniques. Once complete relaxation is achieved, the second component of the exercise is the imagery, or visualization, itself. There are a number of different types of guided imagery techniques, limited only by the imagination. During the second phase we work in trans where the ego defence mechanisms of unconsciousness are just slightly activated so problems, suppressed life events can appear in symbols easier. The given initial pictures (a flower, a tree, a meadow, etc.) provide the client possibility to get closer to any trauma that has really been forgotten and has been suppressed deeply. With the help of symbols we can work on and reshape the event caused serious spiritual shock and we can reach a more sufficient spiritual balance this way.