In Guided meditation, the Teacher meditatively guides the practitioner through verbal indicators. Both the student and the teacher would be in meditation while doing so. This provides a helping hand that the practitioner eagerly sought after.
Both the beginner to meditation and the one who returns with a lapse of months or years do benefit from Guided meditation.
Being similar to training wheels, 'Guided meditation' is included in the Right from the Start (RFS) programme and in retreats.
It is essential to discern between 'Guided meditation' and 'Guidance'
'Guidance' is the support given through out one's meditation journey. After 10 to 20 years of practice one would need 'Guidance' contrary to Guided meditation'.