Guided imagery allows instant access to deeply hidden issues such as fear, phobias, anger, identity, and power struggles, or our defenses that stop us from being our true selves. It can help identify and heal limiting beliefs that are holding us back from living the life we dream of having. In an article published in the September 26th, 2012 issue of the New York Times, guided imagery is listed as an important therapy used in the successful treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Not all who experience this phenomenon are veterans. It can, and does, happen to anyone.
Individuals come in with what they believe is the issue, when in reality, what they are experiencing are symptoms that are expressing themselves due to an unresolved emotional event. Guided imagery bypasses the symptoms and goes right to the core, or root, of any problem or event that is causing the current issue. Once the root cause has been resolved, or healed, the symptoms no longer need to be there, and they disappear.
Benefits of Guided Imagery Therapy
Personal imageries can be created for almost any type of situation, such as removal of prior trauma, breaking of habits, symptom removal, stress reduction, self-understanding, personal growth, problem solving, relationship issues, and pain control. It can also help eliminate fears, such as fear of public speaking or singing, fear of flying, and more. Guided imagery is also used for weight release and smoking elimination, as well as personal and spiritual empowerment.
Guided imagery has been shown by research to lower blood pressure; reduce anxiety, depression and pain; heighten the immune system; ease nausea during chemotherapy or pregnancy and speed up recovery from burns, cuts, fractures and surgery. It also improves sports performance and some kinds of cognition. It works wonderfully in helping with emotional resiliency and coping abilities, producing actual changes in the biochemistry of the body. When they used guided imagery prior to surgery, as well as after, patients used one third less pain medication, had fewer falls, and experienced shorter hospital stays.
Types of Guided Imagery Therapy
Our specialty is IntraPersonal Imagery Therapy, which takes guided imagery therapy to the next level, using a six-step process for the journey into self. This technique is powerful and a path to gain personal insight that can take you from a place of personal healing to personal empowerment and fulfillment.
There are two main types of guided imagery. One is passive imagery, where the imagery is experienced silently in your mind, without verbal interaction with the therapist. The kinds of imageries that are done in groups, or recorded on CDs and one just listens to, are examples of this type of guided imagery. Unfortunately, this is what most people think of when they think of guided imagery- but there is so much more!
The other type is interactive imagery therapy. This is where the therapist begins the imagery and must go where the client’s body leads. Client and therapist have an ongoing dialog, digging deeper into issues and answers. It is a very powerful form of imagery and gets to the heart of an issue faster than any other method. It is an amazing experience!
The first appointment is an intake session where information will be gathered to create personalized imageries for the therapy you need. The second is a therapeutic imagery designed to lay the foundation for the work we will do. It gives you information about where you are in mind, body, and spirit, and also gives you the tools to do anything you will need to do in future imageries where we will be working on issues that your symptoms are crying out for.
Each session is two hours, at $250.00.