Imagery Rescripting Theory and Practice



Imagery Rescripting Theory and Practice is a complete practitioner’s guide to helping clients overcome intrusive mental images and traumatic memories through Imagery Rescripting (IR). Imagery rescripting (IR) is a therapeutic technique that allows problematic events to be retrieved from memory and modified in positive directions.

The manual provides a clear and well-organized introduction to how IR can be applied in the treatment of personality disorders and other problems. It explores the various ways in which the technique can be utilised, including the use of IR for nightmares, addiction issues, and intrusive future-focused images (flash forwards).



REMCO VAN DER WIJNGAART is a health psychologist and psychotherapist. He worked for twenty years in an academic department of an outpatient mental health institution, where he participated in numerous treatment studies for anxiety, personality disorders, somatoform disorders and eating disorders. In a pioneering study into the effectiveness of schema therapy for borderline personality disorder, he was trained and supervised in imagery rescripting by Jeffrey Young, the founder of schema therapy. He has also been trained by Aaron Beck, Joan Farrell and Ida Shaw.

Remco is currently a psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor in cognitive behavioural therapy and schema therapy at a private practice in Maastricht. He has taught schema therapy for forensic settings together with David Bernstein, and gives regular presentations, workshops and supervision on schema therapy both within the Netherlands and internationally.


Published by Pavilion Publishing and Media

Publication Date: Mid June 2021

ISBN: 9781914010576


Foreword by Professor Arnoud Arntz

1. Introduction

2. Diagnostic imagery

3. Imagery rescripting – the therapist rewrites

4. Advanced imagery rescripting – the client rewrites

5. Future-oriented imagery rescripting to break negative patterns

6. Specialised fields of application and forms of imagery rescripting

7. Pitfalls for therapists



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