Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)


Social Work

First Advisor

Melissa Lundquist


Master of Social Work


Guided Imagery is a 3,000 year-old practice that has evolved into a holistic approach to general wellness and healing. Guided Imagery is beginning to be recognized by researchers and clinicians as a complementary therapy that encompasses the mind, body, and the spirit. It can be used to heal physical and emotional disharmony. The purpose of this study was to explore therapists’ experiences using this therapy modality with older adults. Using a qualitative design, 8 therapists (nurses, psychologists, and social workers) were interviewed regarding their experiences working with older adults. This study focused on the use of guided imagery to address symptoms of pain, depression and anxiety that effects an older adults’ overall well-being. Findings from this study will be used to determine areas of further study and implications for clinical social work practice.

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