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Happiness is Doing This

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Happiness: Savoring is the Antidote to Habituation

by Glenda Cedarleaf,

Glenda Cedarleaf

Glenda Cedarleaf

I attended a workshop last Friday on Positive Psychology with Dr. Lynn Johnson. His opening remark was about how amazement is our natural default state of mind. Unfortunately, we can easily fall prey to habituation. The antidote to habituation is to develop the process of savoring, of reconnecting with our sense of wonder and deep appreciation of our lives.

This got me thinking about why I love guided imagery. When we settle into an imagery journey, it is as if we are taking a magnifying glass and looking deeply, into the sights and sounds and kinesthetic sense of the experience. The theta brain wave state enhances this deepening. How satisfying to be fully present, to let go of distractions and truly be in the journey.

Click here to read the entire article and to watch the video  and receive a free downloadable E-Book and meditative video.

Glenda Cedarleaf, MSW LCSW

Clinical Hypnotherapist

Holistic Psychotherapist and Coach

Women’s Group and SoulCollage(R) Facilitator

What Disease like Symptoms are Related to Flight/Fight/Freeze

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Dear Community,

On Imagery Internationals LinkedIn group Judith Westerfield asks the question:

Judith Westerfield

Judith Westerfield

Which do you find to be more effective – Hypnosis and/or Guided Imagery ?????

The ensuing discussion on this topic includes some information from Somatic Experiencing (SE™) which postulates that trauma is held in the body and is reflected in the head.

Below is a diagram from the SE training program showing the relationship between the Fligth Fight Response and diseases resulting from chronic stress or the Freeze state.  Stephan Porges Polyvagal Theory which shows the relationship between the dorsal vagal and ventral vegal nerves and helps to understand what is going on in the Autonomic Nervous System and and trauma symptoms often misdiagnosed as disease.

Diane Poole Heller offers a video title “Hardwired to Heal: Overview of the Reciprocal ANS and the Polyvagal Social Engagement Nervous System” which explains the basis for supporting clients working through the freeze state.



Click to download a full size of the poster Stress_Effects.

Rosemarie Eisenberg – How to Grow Young

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Rosemarie Eisbenberg session in a book

photo2A new book called CounterClockwise, My Year of Hypnosis, Hormones, Dark Chocolate, and Other Adventures  in the World of Anti Aging by Lauren Kessler has a whole chapter devoted to her imagery session with Rosemarie Eisenberg. The Oregon Quarterly, the magazine of the University of Oregon, excerpted part of that chapter in their summer 2013 edition. It provides a really nice window into the kind of work we do with clients and she is honored to be a part of the book. Lauren is already a New York Times best selling author and AARP has recommended this book in their June/July 2013 edition. For anyone interested, click HERE to go to the link to the Oregon Quarterly Review and scroll to pages 11 and 12 in the UPFRONT section.  The article is titled Beat the Clock.

About Rosemarie Eisenberg

She is a Certified Hypnotherapist, AGI graduate and practitioner Imagery International member

Rosemarie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Bridgeport,Conn. and is certified in hypnosis by the National Guild of Hypnotists based out of Merrimack, NH. She is also certified in Interactive Guided Imagery through the Academy for Guided Imagery in Mill Valley, CA. Rosemarie has maintained a private practice in Eugene since 1985.

Rosemarie’s office is now located in the Trillium Suites Building at 3003 Willamette St., Suite 1, Eugene, OR 97405.



Podcast April 2012: Hypnosis and Guided Imagery

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

This month’s podcast presents Cheryl O’Neil, Susan Gold and Gina Vance Discussing Hypnosis and Guided Imagery.  Click here to hear the podcast.


Susan Ezra hosts a panel of Imagery International certified hypnotherapists who incorporate imagery in their work. There are surprises as each has a different approach to their work.  As is often the case with complementary/alternative practices the theory may be different.  This is a fascinating presentation for anyone who is curious about the similarities and differences between Hypnosis and Guided Imagery.


A Mother’s Day Story

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

We celebrate Mother’s Day this day in recognition of the love and caring mothers provide their families.  This particular article addresses the difficulty of being a woman who is also a mother in our society.  Mother’s may fall short meeting the criteria of being a good mother when the Inner Critic has much to say on the matter. This article comes from the American Hypnotist Examiners April Newsletter.

Embracing Our Imperfections
by Alena Guest
“When my daughter was young her favorite doll was a Raggedy Ann and she fell asleep each night rubbing her nose against the doll’s cloth face. Over time the face became threadbare and the cotton stuffing bulged from the splits in the fabric. The painted features faded. One day I suggested that it might be time to replace the Raggedy Ann with a newer version. My daughter was horrified. ‘If I had an accident and my face got ruined would you get a new girl? I love her how she is.’ My child’s wisdom humbled me. We did ‘fix’ the precious doll with masking tape and an indelible magic marker. So Raggedy Ann stayed beautifully imperfect.” This story, by Annie Dillard, poignantly illustrates how we assess beauty primarily from the surface.
As we approach middle-age we often view ourselves through a glass darkly, concentrating on our imperfections. Each of us is her own worst critic. In my years as a clinical hypnotherapist I have worked with hundreds of women, each shackled by her inner critic, who keeps her imprisoned inside a limited version of herself. Part of the reason is that we are bombarded with advertising images that reinforce unrealistic, unhealthy perceptions of beauty and perfection.

The women who are portrayed in these ads are photo-shopped so much that even iconic 1990’s supermodel Cindy Crawford, says, “I wish I was Cindy Crawford.”

To read the rest of Embracing Our Imperfections go here

About Guided Imagery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Guided Imagery defined

Dr. Jeanne Achterberg, a leader in imagery exploration and application, refers to imagery as “the thought process that invokes and uses the senses: vision, audition, smell, taste, the senses of movement, position and touch. It is the communication between perception, emotion, and bodily change.” Guided Imagery can evoke change through the senses both physical and imagined by skillful guidance.

Guided Imagery Experienced

A definition does not capture the experience of working with a trained Guided Imagery practitioner.  And most people who have not had experience with this approach want to know about research on efficacy of Guided Imagery for changing symptoms, behavior before deciding to try it out.  Imagery International’s professionals have written about their work over the years and through articles in Imagery International’s newsletter – ImagiNews –  discuss how they have incorporated their Guided Imagery training into their practices.

Our membership is comprised of diverse licensed and certified professionals who show how this work is useful to virtually all types of work.

To see these articles that range from relevant research citations to treatment of symptoms and behavioral problems visit our About Guided Imagery page.

All types of professionals are not represented here.  We will be adding information as articles are submitted.

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

We wish you and your family a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

From the Imperial Thomsom Innovative Wellness blog, we learn how wishes can come true.

Janine Thomson says:

Your Wish or Intention can be on one of those pieces of confetti!!!!!

I am a big believer in sending out your wishes and intentions.  Being open to possibilities no matter how big or small.

Imagine my surprise when I found out you can send out your wishes and intentions along with others from around the world.  You can have  your wishes and intentions release with the New Years Confetti at Times Square!

Read my blog and find out how.

Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness – November

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Maureen Imperial and Janine Thomson share more than their hypnosis practice called Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness. They are also mother and daughter. Although they work individually with clients, they both are united in the belief that each individual they see for hypnosis should be treated with kindness, respect and compassion.  Their goal is to empower each client by giving them the tolls needed to make positive lasting change.

They were keynote speakers at Imagery International’s 2010 conference. What a dynamic duo!

November workshops offered by Imperial Thomson Innovative Wellness in the Long Island, New York area:

Maureen Imperial

Meditation with Maureen

This meditation circle we will explore different sounds and vibrations you can use with your meditation. This will also help you choose specific meditation mantras to use on your own.

When: Tuesday November 16 @ 7:00pm
Where: Step Into Wellness – Bellport Village, NY

Instructor: Maureen Imperial
Email if you want to attend.

Janine Thomson

Incorporating EFT and Reiki

Combining  Reiki and EFT offers amazing work that can be done either assisting others or doing self-work.

When: Sunday November 21, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Where Step Into Wellness, 10 Station Court, Bellport Village, NY

Introduction To EFT

Where: Truth Seeker Meeting – Patchogue
When: Friday November 19th,  7:00 – 9:00pm

Instructor: Janine Thomson EFT adv.
Email me for more information

Maureen and Janine practice in Long Island, New York.  If you live near them check their website for upcoming events and subscribe to their newsletter

Register Now! – II’s October 22 Conference

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Imagery International’s Second Conference

Co-Sponsored by

Beyond Ordinary Nursing

Imagery for the Future: Illuminating Lives

October 22-24, 2010
Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, California

Visit Imagery International’s Annual Conference webpage to see our featured speakers and topics.  Their pictures and biographies are also posted here.  On the conference page you can conveniently register online or download, print the registration form and mail it in with your check.

Attendees who attend all workshops receive 11 contact hours, provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider #13833,. This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs/LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, provider #PCE 3201.

We have designed the conference to meet practitioners needs for an economical conference.  This is an exciting, educational and inspiring event for imagery practitioners no matter what your training. Your participation will help us mainstream guided imagery, so do plan to come.

Stress Without Anger for Professional Men

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Eight Tuesday Evening2 7-9 PM, starting September 15, 2009
1724 G Street, Modesto, California

Gina Vance

Stress Without Anger is an informal skills training for professional men
A training to learn skills to manage stress that shows up as anger,
and achieve superior performance in your ventures.
This training is based on the unique approach of the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and is a powerful and effective combination of research-based self awareness and self care techniques to help deal with life changes, stress, pain and anger in a relaxed group setting.
You’ll learn scientifically proven mind-body techniques that are used in hospitals, medical schools, and private practice in the US, and for trauma relief around the world.
You’ll get experience using tools that can transform your life, and relationships and integrate into your personal and professional life in a wide variety of ways.
Some of the skills you’ll learn include:
• Ultra Rapport
• Soft Power Breathing
• Freeing Movement
• Active Meditation
• Effective Inquiry
• Quick Release
• Authentic Expression
• Creative Visualization
• Guided Imagery & Self-Hypnosis
• Brain Training
To Register:
Call Lisa Galeazzi at 209-342-7955 or Gina Vance at 209-527-9761 or pay online at
The Integrative Wellness Center at G Street Suites,1724 G Street, Modesto, CA (Corner of 18th & G).
Cost: $485 pays in full to reserve your space. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. Space limited.
Your Mentor-Guides:
With a combined twenty four years experience teaching skills for managing stress and superior achievement, Lisa Galeazzi, MFT, and Gina Vance, CMHT, CCHT, RBT show you how to use your inborn abilities to manage your power in beneficial and productive ways that relieve stress and improves vitality.
Lisa Galeazzi, MFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Lisa specializes in a holistic approach in private practiceconsulting to professionals, as well as working in collaboration with pediatricians, schools,
psychiatrists, Family Court, Probation, and the District Attorney’s office. She’s earned the expertise that comes with experience in service to the community, and in facilitating success for those challenged by ADHD, Mood Disorders, Relationship problems and LGBT issues.
Gina Vance, CMHT, CCHT, RBT
Registered Behavioral Therapist, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and Creative Visualization teacher, Gina was mentored into mastery by tortuous physical pain and its accompanying mental anguish and psychic torment. Schooled in the best options for dealing with the challenges confronting, or hounding us, including tried and true methods that can be used on
the fly. These are tools that have proved effective in the boardroom, bedroom and playing field, as well as being used effectively in state of the art medical centers; with survivors of war atrocities overseas, and with returning Vets here in the US right now.

This training teaches you skills to manage stress that shows up as anger and helps you achieve superior performance in your ventures. It is based on the unique approach of the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. and is a powerful and effective combination of research-based self- awareness and self-care techniques to help deal with life changes, stress, pain and anger in a relaxed group setting.

You’ll learn scientifically proven mind-body techniques that are used in hospitals, medical schools, and private practice in the US, and for trauma relief around the world.

You’ll get experience using tools that can transform your life, and relationships and integrate into your personal and professional life in a wide variety of ways. (more…)