I specialize in a psychotherapeutic approach called Guided Affective Imagery (GAI). It is Carl Leuners method and it is the most well known out of European daydream therapies. It is based on psychoanalytic principles and uses imagery predominantly in a structured manner. I really like that this method believes in self-healing powers of the psyche and focuses on stimulating those powers. In GAI the therapist introduces one of the standard themes and the client, in a relaxed state and using creative fantasy, elaborates on the presented theme and tells the therapist about the emerging imagery content. In addition, the client is encouraged to draw psychic maps of the inner landscape or sketch the emerging images on paper at home. The image is then discussed during therapy.
The therapeutic effectiveness of GAI is manifested in the relaxation of defenses, symbolic representation of conflicts, release of suppressed impulses, trying out alternative and new solutions, and creativity, including representation of future possibilities through imagery.