A2Z Healing Toolbox

I ~ Imagery

heart-cloudGuided Imagery, Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) are powerful practices for healing the effects of traumatic shock- including nightmares, abrupt mood swings, hyper-vigilance, intrusive flashbacks, extreme sensitivity to light/sound, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. These practices harness the power of the imagination (imagery) to help counter the negative affects of trauma by:

  • restoring a sense of mastery and control 
  • rebalancing the nervous system
  • reducing anxiety and depression
  • assisting in the ability to fall asleep and stay asleep

Somatic Experiencing (SE)

SE is a short-term naturalistic approach to the resolution and healing of trauma. Developed by psychologist Dr. Peter Levine, SE employs awareness of the body’s sensations to help clients “re-negociate” and heal rather than re-live or re-enact trauma. An SE practitioner may use soft touch at various body points in order to allow the client’s highly aroused survival energies to be safely experienced and gradually discharged.

Guided Imagery

“Guided Imagery is a form of deliberate, directed daydreaming- a purposeful use of the imagination, using words and phrases designed to evoke rich, multi sensory fantasy and memory, in order to create a deeply immersive, receptive mind state that is ideal for catalyzing desired changes in mind, body, psyche and spirit” (Belleruth Naparstek, 2004)

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR, developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro, has been used as an effective and non invasive form of trauma treatment for decades. Through a series of bilateral movements with the eyes, EMDR enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the common with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Resources

Audio and CD
Books
Organizations
  • Health Journeys – Education, products, and guided imagery CDs, sample clips, and large audio library.
  • Sounds True – Various guided imagery CDs, books, and interactive audio learning kits.
  • Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute – Dedicated to resolving trauma worldwide by providing state-of-the-art professional training and public education in somatic experiencing (SE).

How can you integrate imagery into your healing journey?


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