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Inner Strength Through Imagery – Charlotte Reznick

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

This article appears in the September 2014 issue of ImagiNews. ImagiNews is a benefit of membership. Click the link HERE to download and read the whole article.  Become a member and receive ImagiNews, a quarterly journal written by and for Guided Imagery practitioners

Chloe’s Story: Inner Strength Through Imagery

By Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick

What better way to help a child find Strength than to start within. Chloe’s in-depth story gets to the heart of what Imagery (both guided and interactive) can accomplish – aim for resiliency throughout life. And with the help of Imagination tools, she also connects to other aspects of inner Strength such as self-appreciation and self-love.

Six-year-old Chloe described how she ran from the playground and hid in the bushes. She hated herself for having no friends. Other girls had easily formed a close group in soccer practice, while Chloe’s forte was swimming. Chloe felt excluded and rejected. She felt weak and didn’t know what to do.

Although Chloe’s parents tried to reassure her that her classmates would be lucky to be her friend, she didn’t believe them. “You have to say that,” she said. “You’re my parents.” At six, she had a history of losses. Her nursery school chum turned away from her in kindergarten. She found another friend around the block, but within six months that girl moved. Each felt like a betrayal that shook Chloe’s tender heart. So whenever a new friend appeared, it was natural for her to worry that her new friend, too, might leave. By the time her parents brought her to me, Chloe’s fragile sense of self was in tatters. She had no inner Strength to do anything but be sad. This seemed a critical time to help Chloe develop Strength through the positive aspects of Imagery and meditation.

To read the article click ImagiNewsSept-2014-Charlotte Reznick


Need to Empower Your Inner Child?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

“Frozen” to Free: Empowering Our Inner Child

Glenda Cedarleaf

Glenda Cedarleaf

I rarely feel drawn to animated movies but I do love children’s stories. One Friday night when I was feeling very sad, I decided to go to the movies at the last minute and picked “Frozen”.

Someone had recommended it but I did not expect it to be much more than an escape from the grief that was weighing heavily on my heart. I ended up loving this beautiful animated journey and when I walked out of the theater, hope was in my heart again.

This story celebrates our inner power.

The relationship between the sisters and the power of the song “Let it Go” reminded me of our archetypal hero’s journey and how we make meaning and heal our lives through facing our fears and finding our allies and restoring our faith.

I invite you to read the entire article by clicking here.

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CDCs ACE Study and Unhealthy Development

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The ACES Too High Network

Click the link above to view a google docs powerpoint presentation by Jane Stevens on April 28, 2012.   Jane explained the CDC’s ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Studies, and how different communities are implementing ACE concepts to help children.  The ACE studies prove [show the correlations -ed] that child sexual abuse as well as other types of traumatic childhood events prevent healthy development and have become a public health emergency. 

More about the ACE study

The ACE Study is ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.

The Co-principal Investigators of The Study are Robert F. Anda, MD, MS, with the CDC; and Vincent J. Felitti, MD, with Kaiser Permanente.

Over 17,000 Kaiser patients participating in routine health screening volunteered to participate in The Study.  Data resulting from their participation continues to be analyzed; it reveals staggering proof of the health, social, and economic risks that result from childhood trauma.

To download the PDF of the presentation click The ACEs Too High Network.

Successful Kids Revolution Webinar

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Click the link to register for the Free First Successful Kids Revolution Begins on Monday, January 20th 2014 on your computer.

Dear Community,

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

You may be bustling to and from after-school activities or arguing with your kids about behavior and homework. It’s common. And through all of your frustrations what you really want is to provide the best possible life for your child.

Starting January 20th, twenty-five of the world’s leading experts—myself included—on personal development for kids, parenting, health and education are coming together to help you ensure success for your child at home and in school.

The truth is, parents and kids are overwhelmed and it’s hard to know what the best decisions are for you and your child. That’s why this event is going to cover the hot topics of what you need to know to help your family the most!

It’s absolutely FREE . . . and it’s happening right here—on your computer.

It’s called Successful Kids Revolution and its being hosted by Julie Kleinhans, Youth Empowerment and Education Expert.

Join Successful Kids Revolution Now! (more…)

Opening the Heart of a Child

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

The following imagery script is part of a blog written for Psychology Today by Imagery Person of the Year for 2012 Dr. Charlotte Reznick.  To see the entire article Opening the Heart of a Child: Cultivating Compassion in Children and Teens Published on December 4, 2012 by Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. in The Power of Imagination click HERE.

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Dr. Charlotte Reznick

Does compassion need to start with oneself?  A profound example is how kids can torture themselves when it comes to body image. At a conference, “It’s Our Turn,” this past February at the private Brentwood School in Los Angeles, Lady Gaga, one of the biggest pop icons of this generation, revealed that she was bulimic in high school, desperate to transform herself from “a voluptuous little Italian girl” to a “skinny little ballerina.”  She couldn’t appreciate her naturally curvaceous body and almost permanently damaged her vocal cords and her health. Through the support of her yoga teacher she announced on The Ellen DeGeneres show, “My yoga teacher … says ‘Please try every day to have 15 minutes of compassionate thoughts by yourself.’” When she added: “Love yourself. Love who you are,” the idea of self-compassion catapulted to her massive fan base.


Charlotte Reznick webinar 11_14_2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Charlotte Reznick

Charlotte Reznick

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Resiliency in Children with Dr. Charlotte Reznick on Thursday, November 14 from 9 am – 10:30 am Pacific time.

The webinar system makes it possible for you to participate on the 14th if you want to, and also have 24/7 video replay and permanent audio download for your library. Please sign up by midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, November 12. Go here now to register.

 Let me remind you what you’ll receive for your $50 registration fee:

  • A study guide;
  • Video access to 60 minutes of dynamic presentation;
  • The opportunity to ask questions live by phone or by web link right after the webinar during our 30 minute Question and Answer segment (check your email folders tomorrow for access instructions). You can also send your questions to us in 
advance here.


Dr. Charlotte Reznick’s Help for Flood Survivors

Thursday, November 8th, 2012


Kids and Superstorm Sandy:

         How to Heal, How to Help

Charlotte Reznick

Once again, we have been faced with another disaster – this time Superstorm Sandy. Once again, our children, near and far are at risk for trauma.

These last two weeks have been very stressful for many. And with the U.S. elections overshadowing Superstorm Sandy, I want us not to forget, but to remember to keep taking care of our own.

Although I live on the west coast, I grew up in New York City and the area and people are very dear to my heart. This weekend I’ll be visiting – to speak at the Expressive Arts Therapy Conference (amazingly still going on) and to do what I can to help.

I’ve come across some terrific resources for kids from “The Great Storm and Flood Recovery Parent Guide” created by the Mentor Research Institute. Here’s some of their info… (and a super story coloring book for kids is linked to below).

Emotional Consequences of a Flood…

 None of us are fully prepared to deal with a flood. We feel devastated whenever there is a loss, belongings or property are destroyed, or there is serious injury or a loss of life. We are overwhelmed when our children, friends, or co-workers and loved-ones experience tragic, dangerous or life threatening events. Older children tend to have many of the same symptoms of adults, while very young children tend to talk more about stomach aches and other pains. Symptoms may come and go. Many people can function very well in a crisis, but will eventually experience some symptoms due to exhaustion and the effect of ongoing stress. Recognizing and discussing our emotional and physical reactions, as well as ways to effectively cope will help.

 To read the rest of the story click HERE


Imagery and 22 Gold Medals

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

22 Olympic Medals: 9 Lessons We All Could Use

Dear Community,

Charlotte Reznick, PhD

Recently there was a fabulous video touting the accolades of imagery and mental visualization from the Washington Post. Not surprisingly, the feature was with Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever – with 22 medals – and his long-term coach Bob Bowman.

As the school year is starting, I’d like to offer some simple ideas that stood out – so you can share with the kids in your life – perhaps inspiring them how to have a very successful year not only in sports, but also for academics and with peers. The lessons from the Olympics live on – and the skills of visualization and the power of imagination can be adapted to many areas of life. It’s everything I’ve learned from the kids and families I work with, and everything I teach around the globe.

Lesson 1: Be persistent

Lesson 2: Visualize


Charlotte Reznick – Great Parenting Show

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

24 Parenting Experts Share Their Wisdom: Your Success! March 13th thru May 31st, 2012
10am PT/ 12pm CT/ 1pm ET


Charlotte Reznick

Have you every wondered…

How to discipline your children without ruining their self-esteem?
How to protect your child from being bullied at school or online?
How to deal with picky eaters?
How to raise your children to be financially aware?
How to overcome your own parenting issues to raise emotionally healthy children?
Whether you are a parent, therapist, educator, or medical professional, I am excited to tell you about a great show I’m taking part in. It’s called the Great Parenting Show. It’s the #1 Online Resource for Parents and it promises to answer all of the questions above and more.

This breakthrough three-month series begins on Tuesday March 13th at 10 am PT, 11 am MT, 12 pm CT, and 1 pm ET.  You can learn more and register here.

Not only are the interviews available online, but they are FREE to you AND you can ask your top parenting question of me, and the other 23+ great parenting experts!

I will be speaking on Thursday, May 10, 2012. My topic will be The (Healing) Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success so don’t miss the chance to ask me your questions live over the web! Register here.

Learn more about Charlotte’s offering click here.

Blogging for Mental Health

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Mental Health Blog Party Badge

This post is offered as part of the American Psychological Association‘s Mental Health Month Blog Party today.  Imagery International professionals use Guided Imagery to help clients and patients make desired changes in mental health and medical conditions. We as body/mind workers understand that the two are not independent.  The following article by one of our members, Charlotte Reznick, PhD illustrates how working with a child’s imagination improves mental health and physical symptoms.

Helping Children with Guided Imagery

By Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

“Your imagination can help you heal.” This simple and elegant statement was the response nine-year-old Teresa gave me when asked what she had learned from our work together as we were wrapping up our counseling relationship.

Teresa is a beautiful, doe-eyed girl who first came to me a year ago because she was a goody-goody who would always be sweet and kind and never express any negative feelings. Imagine what a wonderful daughter she was. Who would want to change that? Her parents. They were concerned because her younger brother was very expressive—actually a terror around the house—and they didn’t want Teresa to get lost, but to be her own person. They wondered if she harbored truer feelings under the surface that were afraid to come out. And she did.

Teresa lived in a home filled with chaos. Although caring, her parents had serious, volatile marital issues. There was a new baby at home adding to the attention already taken away from Teresa by her four-year-old brother. Nannies were coming and going, partly because mom was in the midst of starting several new businesses. Teresa never knew who was going to show up at school, take her home, or drag her to some almost forgotten after-school activity.

I share some highlights of Teresa’s story with you not because she’s unusual, but because she’s typical. Her problems are the problems of thousands of kids: jealousy of younger sibs, trouble with friends, parents fighting, struggling with academics, grappling with fears of unworthiness, dealing with headaches and stomachaches—to name a few.

In my 25 years as a psychologist working with children from a variety of backgrounds, the most lasting and creative healings have taken place through using the power of a child’s imagination. Many of you may be familiar with some aspects of my Imagery For Kids™ program from AGI’s advanced training modules or previous conferences. My focus is on teaching children to access their inner wisdom; imagery tools offer an easy, fun way to get there.

Teresa’s healing journey began with her trying to please everyone, including me, to expressing herself so wildly and strongly that she got into a lot of trouble, to finally balancing how to communicate her needs, wants, and feelings while also considering other people. Imagery was the catalyst, fuel, and vehicle during this process.

During our final sessions, I was delighted that Teresa easily recounted how she incorporated imagery into her life and made the tools her own. Here’s her advice (with some commentary from me) on how to use eight of the imagery tools.