Willa Ford on visualization n. 1. the process of creating a visual image in one’s mind (see visual IMAGERY) or mentally rehearsing a planned movement in order to learn skills or enhance performance. 2. in psychotherapy, the intentional formation by a client of mental visual images of a scene or historical incident that may be inhibited or the source of anxiety. The purpose is to bring the visualized scene into the present therapeutic situation where it can be discussed and worked out to reduce its negative implications. See also guided affective IMAGERY. Willa Ford 2016.