What is Guided Imagery?

Home » Treatment Therapies » Guided Imagery

Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique used for people with various mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders, panic disorders, trauma disorders, and substance use issues.

Guided Imagery uses the mind to recall or imagine a pleasant scenario. Some people might refer to it as a person visiting their “happy place” in their mind. The idea is that the individual takes themself, mentally, to a place where they can be calm and at peace.

For people attempting to manage stress, Guided Imagery can be a technique that they engage in when they recognize they are feeling overwhelmed. They can take a few moments, practice some deep breathing, and go to a peaceful place in their mind without physically going anywhere.

People who deal with anxiety may find themselves particularly anxious in a crowded situation. In these moments, their counselor may encourage them to find a safe, quiet place to stay while they breathe and close their eyes. Then, they could engage in Guided Imagery by imagining themselves in a place that isn’t crowded and instead puts them in a state of relaxation.

Therapists Who Specialize in Using Guided Imagery

As an integrative psychiatric provider, I take a holistic and comprehensive approach to mental health care and blend both conventional psychiatry with complementary approaches. My focus is beyond treating symptoms and takes into consideration the gut-brain connection, genetics, interpersonal, lifestyle, and environmental contributions to create a personalized treatment plan, enhance self care, ...

Margaret Dunn, LPC, FMHC, CLC

O Fallon


I specialize in working with individuals who want to reclaim their freedom from those self-defeating thoughts and attitudes, those old hurtful emotions that STILL influence the decisions they make today and help them achieve the health, success and happiness they desire so they can LIFE THEIR BEST LIFE EVER!

Stephanie Mason, LMFT



Together, we will create a space of emotional safety where you feel seen, heard and understood. My specialty is in Complex Trauma, Chronic Pain, PTSD and Low Self Esteem. Call today for a free consultation!

Aaron Galloway



I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate proudly serving the Boulder, Colorado community. It is my passion to collaborate with young adults and adults in their healing and self-discovery journeys. I strive to bring my clients cutting-edge therapy options to get to the root of their behavior patterns and help them develop updated ways of responding to their world.