Transforming the Pain Terrain: Theory and Practice in the Use of Mental Imagery for the Treatment of Pain
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"This chapter is intended to provide practitioners of imagery psychotherapy with the information to develop such therapeutic maps when treating victims of pain disorders. First, there is a brief discussion of individual causal factors, which are analogous to potentially interesting features of the clinical landscape. Next, the discussion shifts to characteristics of the clinical landscape as a whole, through the lens of systemic theories. Finally, a sample of the various techniques in imagery therapy for pain will be summarized. The use of these techniques, informed by a systemic perspective, may provide the means for empirical and practical explorations of more radical and potentially more potent pain treatments that aim beyond simple here-to-there movements, and instead aim to transform the clinical landscape itself."
mental imagery, imagery psychotherapy, pain, therapeutic maps
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Pincus, D., et al. (2003). Transforming the pain terrain: Theory and practice in the use of mental imagery for the treatment of pain. In A. A. Sheikh (Ed.), Healing images: The role of imagination in health(pp.177-222). Amityville, New York: Baywood.