Aphantasia and Therapy: What is your experiences of therapy like?
Hello everyone! I recently had the opportunity to write an article for the network around therapy and aphantasia. I discuss some ways to approach a conversation with your therapist when disclosing your experience aphantasia. I would love to hear more about your experiences of therapy. Have you talked with your therapist about aphantasia? If so, how did it go? What would you want your therapist to know? What would you want the mental health profession to know about your experiences of aphantasia? Please share anything you feel comfortable discussing. Thank you all!
Hi. As a therapist myself, it’s only since I’ve discovered my own aphantasia that I’ve come to realise just how profoundly visual some clients are. I’ve always been careful to pay attention to how visual clients are, and using that in my work. If they use visual language and imagery and respond to visual language, I use more of it. But I don’t think I’d really ‘got’ how different their experiences are from my own. And it’s helped me understand why some therapies, that invoke visual imagery (the Swish pattern, for example) just don’t resonate with me and why they do work so well for some clients. Incidentally, I’ve noticed that not surprisingly a high degree of visual imagery ability is associated with certain professions, such as grpahic designers and (usually though interestingly not always) architects. I wonder if much work has been done on correlating visual imagery ability with professions and artistic callings? For example it’s no coincidence that James Joyce, who had such dreadful eye problems, doesn’t use a lot of visual imagery in his work.