There is a vast extant literature on imagery and visualisation. The following list contains a small selection of useful books and articles on the use of mental imagery.

Overview of its use as a healing modality

  • Achterberg, J. (2002).  Imagery in healing: Shamanism and modern medicine. (2nd ed.).  Boston: Shambala

Contemporary Developments in cognitive therapy

  • Hackmann, A., Bennett-Levy, J. and Holmes, E. A. (2011). Oxford Guide to Imagery in Cognitive Therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Stopa, L (ed) (2009).  Imagery and the Threatened Self: Perspectives on Mental Imagery and the Self in Cognitive Therapy. London: Routledge

Contemporary Humanistic Practice with imagery

  • Hall, E., Hall, C., Stradling, P. and Young, D. (2006). Guided Imagery: Creative Interventions in Counselling and Psychotherapy. London: Sage.

Imagery and Metaphor

  • Lakoff, G. and Johnson, M. (2003). Metaphors We Live By. 2nd edn, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Lawley, J. and Tompkins, P. (2000). Metaphors in Mind: Transformation through Symbolic Modelling. London: Developing Company Press.


  • Fromm, E. (1951). The Forgotten Language: An introduction to the meaning of dreams, fairy tales and myths. New York: Rinehart.
  • Jung, C., von Franz, M-L., et al. (1968). Man and his Symbols. New York: Dell Publishing.
  • Watkins, M. (1984).  Waking Dreams. 3rd revised edn, Dallas, Texas: Spring Publications Inc.


  • Sheikh, A.A. (ed) (2002). Therapeutic Imagery Techniques.  Amityville, NY: Baywood Pub.
  • Singer, J.L. (2006).  Imagery in Psychotherapy.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


  • Glouberman, D. (2010). Life Choices, Life Changes: Develop your personal vision with imagework. 3rd edn, Shanklin, Isle of Wight: Skyros Books.
  • Krystal, P. (1993). Cutting the Ties that Bind: Growing up and moving on. Boston, MA: Weiser Books.

Clinical applications for health and well-being

  • Brigham, D. (1996). Imagery for Getting Well: Clinical applications of behavioral medicine. New York: Norton.


  • Clement, J. J. (2008). Creative Model Construction in Scientists and Students: The role of imagery, analogy and mental simulation. Dordrecht: Springer
  • Thomas, N.J.T. (2014). The multidimensional spectrum of imagination: Images, dreams, hallucinations, and active, imaginative perception, Humanities, 3, pp. 132-184
  • Thomas, N.J.T., “Mental Imagery”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2017 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = <>.