Imagery in Coaching and Therapy

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Using imagery in coaching and therapy

ONLINE WORKSHOP - Saturday 28th November 10 am - 4 pm (UK GMT)

Learn effective imagery skills and exercises for personal growth and professional purposes.

Who is it for?

The training is intended for coaches, psychotherapists, psychosynthesis guides/coaches, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, spiritual care givers, social workers, psychosocial therapists.

It is open to anyone interested in this topic, including members of the public whether qualified or experienced in psychosynthesis or not.

Why participate?

Our imagination is probably the most powerful psychological resource we possess. It is the central arena to where our identity and reality are formed. It is in this domain where we can be deeply influenced - psychologically, physically and behaviourally. Becoming aware of the (unconscious) images that influence us can be an enormous revelation and the beginning of self development.

Purpose of the workshop

The purpose of the workshop will be to give participants an opportunity to learn more about imagery and its benefits. The workshop will also provide a chance to practice using imagery in order to more successfully apply this approach in daily professional and personal life.

Our approach

Psychosynthesis applied to psychotherapy is a unique approach that combines both psychology and spirituality. It is a holistic process that helps the individual deal with patterns of behaviours which inhibit or prevent living life in meaningful and fulfilling ways.

The psychosynthesis understanding is that human beings have the internal tools to overcome most situations (intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical), and that vital and healing sources exist in every human being. Those resources can be activated organically with the help of imagery to gain more access to love, wholeness, connection and power to act.

What to expect?

10:00 – 12:30: Theory and practice - The Three Stages of Imagery and the organic path to psychological vitality

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch

13.30 – 16.00: Practice – developing participants’ ability to effectively use imagery in daily life, and how to develop a specific aptitude or talent

The first part of the workshop will consist of a theoretical and experiential presentation of different stages of imagery. Case studies and illustrations will be presented and discussed.

Participants will then learn to navigate conscious and unconscious self-images or drives, and explore how to uncover potential talents through practical exercises. This will be followed by group discussions.

In the second part, the focus will be placed on how imagery can be used to achieve personal goals such as developing a desired skill, ability or talent in life. Attendees will participate in exercises with a step-by-step plan. Again this will be followed by sharing, discussions and in-depth work.

Participants will be asked to have writing and drawing materials to hand.

Prior to the webinar participants may read the article The Three Stages of Imagery by Jan Taal.

Learning outcomes

Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of:

• how imagery works and its benefits for people interested in personal development

• the pitfalls involved in working with imagery methods, such as lack of ego-strength and tendencies to disintegrate, and how to deal with those situations

• how imagery can be successfully applied in practice and in daily life

Ticket price

At the Trust we appreciate that each person has their own unique situation – including financial -especially during the current COVID challenge – so we invite you to select the price point that feels like it represents a fair contribution for attending this event.

There are three options to choose from when purchasing tickets:

- £75 (low cost / student)

- Mid: £100

- Full price: £150

We offer a £20 discount to the participants who attended the taster session “The Imagery Toolbox” held in September. If you haven’t received your discount code yet, please contact us at before ordering.

We will be limiting spaces to 18 participants in order to provide a rich and deep learning experience so tickets will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Please note: this workshop will be held online.


Jan Taal has been a practicing healthcare psychologist and trainer at the Amsterdam School for Imagery since 1980. He studied Psychology at the University of Amsterdam (1973-1976) and Clinical Psychology at the University of Leiden (1976-1979). He was trained in psychosynthesis in the Netherlands and Italy (1978- 1982). Prior to psychology, Jan studied cultural anthropology. He wandered in Afghanistan, the mountains of North-West Pakistan, India and Nepal (1969-1973). During this fieldwork, Jan had many adventures and significant encounters. It led him to study Eastern and Western spiritual traditions, Sufism, Jungian and transpersonal psychology, traditional medicine and rituals of the Indians in the Amazon region in South America.

In order to stimulate the coping ability and resilience in people with cancer, Jan co-founded the Foundation Cancer in Images (Stichting Kanker in Beeld) in 1987 of which he was the first chairman. This foundation promotes the use of imagery and creativity in many ways, imagining, drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, poetry, singing, etc. In collaboration with the Dutch Cancer Society Jan coordinated two large manifestations in the Old Church of Amsterdam, groundbreaking events full of art and performances of people coping with cancer.

In 2009 Jan started the Imagery Toolbox Project. The aim and purpose of the toolbox is to provide easily accessible and versatile imagery and creativity tools for coping with cancer, chronic illness and crisis, so that these means become available to an ever larger number of people and can be put to extensive use within the healthcare system. To gain a permanent place in the ‘mainstream’ of healthcare is the long-term goal of the Imagery Toolbox project.

Jan has been guest trainer and keynote speaker in conferences and institutes in the Netherlands, Europe and North America. Special mention can be made of his teaching imagery and psychosynthesis in Pakistan at the National Institute of Psychology at the Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad in 2000 and at the University of the Punjab (Centre for Clinical Psychology) in 2008. In 2002 and 2007 he did a pilot study regarding the possibilities and results of imagery in the remote mountains of the Hindukush with literate and illiterate people. In the tribal Pathan areas of Malakand Jan he has been involved in the development of special education for girls from the poorest families since 2000. He is secretary of the Foundation Girls Education Pakistan (Stichting Meisjesonderwijs Pakistan).