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Metaphoric dialogue is an illuminating method that helps individuals identify, describe, externalize, integrate, and heal affects, behaviors, physical symptoms, and interpersonal dynamics. It begins with a description of the problem or struggle, moves to a feeling sense of the blocked emotional energy, then evolves into a visual and symbolic representation with which one can dialogue, apply insight, antidote, and release. Multimodal in nature, it integrates elements of Gestalt, Narrative, and Somatic psychotherapies. The following is a brief overview of the metaphoric dialogue model as used in my psychotherapy practice and is not intended as a practice guide or for use in all settings without in-depth study and training.
Gayle, Robin, "Metaphoric Dialogue" (2010). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 209.
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Originally published as Gayle, Robin. (2010). Metaphoric dialogue. Imaginews, 14(4). 15 - 16.