Amanda da Cruz Costa

Sep 29, 2021

4 min read

Imagery Coaching

A methodology for creating positive futures

“Imagery: creating the view that will help you achieve your goals.”

Would you like to have the power to create the reality that you want to live in?

  • Guiding, more than directing;
  • Dancing, rather than wrestling;
  • Listening;
  • Collaborative conversation;
  • Evoke from a person what he/she already is?.
  • I can’t be bothered…
  • I don’t see why I should…
  • I’m too busy…
  • It’s my life…
  • It’s too much hassle…
  • I can’t do it right now…
  • Pre-contemplation: unaware of behavior or need for change, not planning to make a change;
  • Contemplation thinking about changing. Seeking out support and information;
  • Preparation: Planning to make a change. Gathering confidence and resources.
  • Action: Taking positive steps to make a change and putting plans into practice
  • Maintenance: Achieving results and behavior becomes part of daily life.
  • Open questions: what would you like to talk about? / Can you tell me more about that?
  • Affirmations: that sounds good! / You did well / That must be difficult for you.
  • Reflections: can be simple or complex / make follow-ups.
  • Summaries: inform the person that you are an active listener / Check clarity and details
Mental imagery supports behaviour change and decision making.

It’s extremely important to align values with beliefs and events!

  • How does this long term goal link to your beliefs/values?
  • What will be the obstacles and setbacks that may occur?
  • What do you need to refine?
  • What are your strengths?
  • How committed to the goal are you?

You can use LAP to support your conversation:

  • L: Locate cue
  • A: Activate Imagery
  • P: Perform/ Perseverance

If LAP doesn’t work, apply SLAPP:

  • S: Stop and Breathe
  • L: Locate cue
  • A: Activate Imagery
  • P: Park unwanted thoughts
  • P: Perform

Time to practice :)

  1. What is your purpose?
  2. What are the changes that you need to make to achieve it?
  3. What actions could you take today?

The Four Process Model:

  • Engage: Time for introductions; main concerns discussed;
  • Focus: Permission to discuss specific topic;
  • Evoke: Importance and confidence to change;
  • Plan: Elicit commitment and SMART goals.

We need people who can help other people imagine a different future.” (Joana Grover-Watson)