What is this Therapy Used for?

Guided imagery is a mind-body therapy, so any stress-related health concern, will benefit from its use. Examples include:


  • high blood pressure
  • pain related to muscle tension
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • substance abuse
  • grief
  • posttraumatic stress
  • relationship issues
  • diminished self-care
  • family and parenting issues
  • smoking
  • enhance performance in athletes


And other related conditions, such as,

  • skin rashes
  • irritable bowel syndrome.


It has been shown to be beneficial in treating autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s disease, and can be useful to alleviate chronic allergies, hives and asthma.

The Academy for Guided Imagery (AGI) classifies the therapeutic application of guided imagery into three categories:


  1. Stress reduction and relaxation
  2. Active visualization or directed imagery – for improving performance, changing behavior, or influencing an outcome
  3. Receptive imagery – in which words and images are brought to consciousness to explore and give information about symptoms, treatments, moods or illnesses