Dr Kerry Young

Imagery rescripting in PTSD

Online CBT workshop

9th June 2022

09.30 to 16.30 (UK)

£80 + VAT

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Woodfield Trauma Service, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust


Oxford Rose Clinic, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Dr Kerry Young - Imagery in PTSD workshop

Imagery rescripting in PTSD

9th June 2022


Imagery rescripting (ImRs) is a technique aimed at reducing unwanted intrusions through modifying the meaning and emotions attached to a distressing memory. The process involves asking the individual to vividly imagine the start of the traumatic memory and then incorporate a new, rewritten, safer ending with the aid of the therapist.

ImRs has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms from both adult and childhood traumatic events (e.g. De Haanet al., 2020; Alliger-Horn et al., 2015; Arntz et al., 2007; Ehlers et al., 2003; Grunert et al., 2007; Hackman, 2011; Smucker et al., 1995). ImRs is also associated with a reduction in intrusive experiences (i.e. images, nightmares, flashbacks, voices, thoughts) within a number of other conditions, such as social phobia, snake phobia, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders (for literature review and meta-analysis, see Arntz, 2012; Morina et al., 2017). As such, ImRs techniques are a useful addition to trauma-focused therapies, as well as to other cognitive behavioural interventions.

The Workshop will aim to:

Explain the scientific background to ImRs

Illustrate the basic method of ImRs for adult and childhood traumatic events

Discuss when and how to use it within other trauma-focused therapies

Show what the technique looks like in clinical practice

The workshop will be as practical as possible, with lots of demonstrations and detailed guidance and scripts on how to undertake the techniques.


Arntz, A. (2012). Imagery Rescripting as a therapeutic technique: Review of clinical trials, basic studies and research agenda. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 3(2), 189-208

De Haan, K. L. B., Lee, C. W., Fassbinder, E., Van Es, S. M., Menninga, S., Meewisse, M. L., ... & Arntz, A. (2020). Imagery rescripting and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing as treatment for adults with post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood trauma: randomised clinical trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 217(5), 609-615.

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About Dr Kerry Young

Kerry Young is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Woodfield Trauma Service in London, UK, a leading centre for the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees suffering from PTSD. She also works at the Oxford Rose Clinic, a service for the medical and psychological treatment of women who have experienced Female Genital Mutilation. She has advised national bodies in the UK on how to train clinicians to work with refugees, PTSD and Complex PTSD. Kerry is an expert in mental imagery techniques and on their life-changing benefits for clients. She trains nationally and internationally on using imagery techniques within CBT, as well as on how to treat PTSD and Complex PTSD.


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