Transdiagnostic Approaches to Imagery: A Masterclass

Although many of us are aware of the role of mental imagery in maintaining a variety of clinical problems and use some imagery-based techniques, we can sometimes limit ourselves in the breadth and depth of the application of knowledge and techniques.  For example: Do you use imagery rescripting for trauma memories but not for other problematic images? Do you consider assessing and intervening for suicidal imagery? Do you work on imagery directly with your clients but are not sure how to work metacognitively with images? Would you like to use a more comprehensive approach to understanding how and when to intervene with problematic images (or when clients have a lack of mental imagery)?

This masterclass provides an overview of the use of imagery across a range of clinical presentations and across the span of CBT including assessment, formulation, clinical technique, homework and therapeutic blueprinting.

There will be plenty of opportunity to practice use of formulation and intervention using clinical examples from your own field of work, and in particular to use practice to develop confidence in using a range of imagery based CBT techniques.

Day 1 will focus on theory, formulation and an overview of imagery based techniques and application of these to a range of mood difficulties.

We will answer why and when you would use particular techniques as well as an overview of imagery change techniques for negative imagery; metacognitive approaches and techniques for problematic imagery and building compassionate and positive imagery.

Day 2 will focus in more depth on imagery techniques and skills practice.  A range of presenters from OCTC will address:-

  • using metacognitive techniques to change client’s relationships to distressing images.
  • how to use imagery rescripting in trauma presentations safely to work with distressing memories, nightmares and flashforwards.
  • use of imagery to enhance constructive techniques such as strengths based CBT and positive imagery for enhancing self-care and efficacy.

The day will finish with a final session summarising the range of applications of imagery based techniques; when to use and not to use imagery and final thoughts about particular clinical presentations/issues and the use of imagery based CBT techniques.


Lisa Palmer, Consultant Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Lisa Palmer is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, working for Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. She has a background in Psychiatric nursing before qualifying as a CBT therapist in 1992. She has a particular interest in working with PTSD and has worked extensively with the Fire and Rescue service and other occupational groups such as police, armed forces and health service professionals. Other interests are in schema therapy, low self esteem, panic disorder and mindfulness. She has designed and taught on CBT courses for many years including IAPT High Intensity as well as supervising individually and in groups. She is an innovative practitioner and teacher and well known for inspiring others in the practice of CBT.

Martina Mueller, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Martina Mueller is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who leads the trauma service for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and she is the Course Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in CBT for Psychological Trauma. She is an experienced clinician who is widely respected for her innovative clinical work and now specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and other complex reactions following adult trauma. She has worked on a European Union funded multi-centre research on innovative approaches to working with traumatized refugees and has a special interest in the treatment of multiple and prolonged trauma and horror-based flashbacks. Martina is one of the editors of the Oxford Guide to Behavioural Experiments in Cognitive Therapy, and is lead editor of the ’Oxford Guide to Surviving as a CBT Therapist’ published by OUP in 2010.

Rachel Manser, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Rachel Manser trained as a Clinical Psychologist with Oxford University.  She has many years’ experience working as a Clinical Psychologist in primary care (latterly in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service); with Community Mental Health Teams and in an acute psychiatric inpatient setting.  She has also worked as a therapist in clinical research settings, providing CBT for people given a bipolar disorder diagnosis as well as with people distressed by hearing voices.  She has extensive experience supervising and teaching the application of CBT for a range of adult mental health presentations and to a range of skill levels, including volunteers, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, trainee therapists and CBT therapists and Psychologists. She teaches and examines for the Oxford Doctoral Training Course in Clinical Psychology.  She has a specialist interest in psychosis and currently works in the local Early Intervention in Psychosis service seeing clients and providing supervision.  Rachel works in OCTC as a supervisor, trainer and her primary role in OCTC is on the PG Cert in Enhanced CBT: Psychosis and Bipolar.

Additional Information

Cancellation & changes policy

If you cancel more than 14 days prior to your booked event, we will refund your fee minus a charge of 15% to cover our administration costs. We regret that cancellations 14 days or less before the booked event cannot be refunded or changed/transferred.

If you wish to change/transfer your booking after confirmation we will do our best to accommodate you if you notify us 14 days prior to your booked event, and if there is space to do so. However there will be an administration charge of £15 per change/transfer.


Workshops often contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality.

All that is discussed in your therapy sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions.
We are required to seek supervision by our professional body (The British Psychological Society or equivalent) as a means of ensuring good practice. We will usually inform your referrer of your progress, but the details that we disclose will be discussed with you. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if we believe that a client is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if we believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989).

If we felt that it would be helpful to request additional medical, social or legal information, we could only do this with your consent. Similarly, should another medical, social or legal professional request information from us, we would not release this without your consent.


OCTC makes every effort to ensure that this programme is delivered as advertised. However, should a presenter have to cancel, we will endeavour to find another suitable presenter. We will inform attendees as soon as is reasonably practical and, if requested, will offer a refund. In the rare event that we are unable to substitute a presenter, we may cancel a workshop and refund payments already made by attendees. OCTC will not refund travel and accommodation costs that attendees may incur.
All the workshops in this programme are carried out by highly experienced therapists and trainers. The individual presenter is responsible for the content of the workshop and any views expressed do not necessarily represent those of OCTC.
Although highly informative, none of the open workshops or workshop series confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in CBT (or a specialist area of CBT) since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event. However, credit and award-bearing courses that lead to formal qualifications are offered by OCTC in conjunction with the University of Oxford. More about these courses is available on our website

Levels of competence

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The guide to levels is as follows:


Basic workshops are for people from a variety of backgrounds, who have at least one year’s clinical experience. Cognitive behavioural knowledge is not necessary for attendance at these workshops, though in practice, a number of attendees will have some skills in the area, and are refreshing/updating their knowledge.


Intermediate workshops are directed towards people who already have knowledge of CBT, and experience in using cognitive formulations and treatment methods – for instance, they are able to identify and test automatic thoughts, and design behavioural experiments. Most participants will be using CBT as part of their clinical practice, and may still be acquiring new CBT skills.


Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who use CBT routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of cognitive behavioural strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

Making reservations

Bookings can only be considered confirmed after we have received your online registration or application form and payment (or invoicing details, including an official purchase order document). Please note that registration to workshops closes 7 days prior to the event date.

If you are booking a workshop place for someone else, you must complete your own details in the billing field, but ENTER THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS NAME/ADDRESS in the shipping field. If you wish to order items using a paper order form instead of online, you can view or download an order form in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format. Once downloaded, print it out, fill it in, and send off with your payment [cheque made payable to OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST] to the address on the form.


The cost of the workshops includes hot drinks on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, but not usually lunch unless stated. However, for workshops that do include lunch, if you have any special dietary requirements please let us know at the time of application.

Special needs

We welcome applications from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us
prior to booking.