What Others Say
About the Academy, IGIsm Certification Training,
and the imagination...
"The Academy for Guided Imagery has created and finely
honed an exquisite training program. Years of development
and feedback has resulted in a creative program with great
integrity and clinical relevance."
-Jeanne Achterberg, PhD
Senior Editor, Alternative Therapies in Medicine
"I find Interactive Guided Imagerysm so useful
that I plan to require training in it for fellows in the
Integrative Medicine Program I am creating at the
University of Arizona Medical Center."
-Andrew Weil, MD
Author, Spontaneous Healing
"The Academy provides an exceptionally thorough,
professional and well thought out training for practicing
clinicians. My own Certification Training was extremely
valuable to me and I prefer to use AGI graduates whenever
possible in our hospital programs."
-Leslie Davenport, MS, MFCC
Marin General Hospital
"Guided Imagery and visualization can enhance the
effectiveness of other treatments, including allopathic
drugs and surgery. Try them for any illness and all
-Andrew Weil, MD
Shape, January 1996
"The guided imagery
training that I received from the Academy was by far the
most exciting and useful training that I have received
since finishing my PhD. I still get referrals regularly
from the Academy's listing of graduates. I enthusiastically
support any professional considering adding Interactive
Guided Imagerysm to their armamentarium."
-James M. Holcomb, PhD
"Though I have been in practice since 1973, I have seldom
seen the depth of understanding, clarity of direction, and
motivation toward change through other modalities. Clearly
Interactive Guided Imagerysm is an approach to
therapy which is making a major contribution."
-Richard D. Berrett, PhD
Professor of Child and Family Science
California State University, Fresno
"My clients now leave my office more relaxed, grounded,
empowered . . . Certification Training is a transforming
-Ron Rehrer, MFCC
"The training itself connected me with my own 'inner
healer,' a gift that keeps giving as I do Interactive
Guided Imagerysm. I have found it to be very
helpful in working with hospice and chemically dependent
-Marsha Aliamus, RN
" . . . a truly invaluable experience that opened a gate
for me to a deepened understanding of innate healing power.
I sincerely believe that any physician who practices
Integrative Medicine should be well-practiced in the
applications of Interactive Guided Imagerysm...
Its use in pain and symptom management, as well as insight
and resource cultivation, has made the path of healing
powerful and meaningful . . . What a joy!"
-Carl Hendel, MD
"For me the most important part of my Interactive Guided
Imagerysm training was to really develop my
skills as a listener. The AGI training program also helped
me to be less judgmental and interpretive with regard to
what I hear, whether in an imagery session or in other
patient communications. Finally, my work with imagery has
restored my enjoyment of the practice of medicine because
it takes me and my patients into unknown, magical places of
healing and awareness."
-Matthew Zwerling, MD
GRADUATES ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT INTERACTIVE GUIDED
How do you
use IGIsm in your practice?
Richard Berrett, PhD:
"I use IGIsm as one of the significant
modalities in treating stress, depression, PTSD, marital,
family, and child issues."
Sara Doudna, MA, MFT:
"I use IGIsm in my psychotherapy practice. It is
a basic tool which I have developed and continue to develop
to treat a variety of issues. I find it to be especially
powerful when used in combination with EMDR."
Jann Fredrickson, MSW:
"I use IGIsm all of the time. It is wonderful in
that it naturally lends itself to brief therapy which the
insurance companies love. I do not set out to do "brief
therapy" but patients tend to get resolution to things
quickly. I use it for cancer patients, for addictions, for
men who batter, for any kind of violent behavior, and for
folks who cannot choose between one thing or another."
Carl Hendel, MD:
"I use imagery to facilitate and manage symptoms of pain,
to gain insights of mind/body messages, and to help
patients develop internal resources to move through the
adversity of illness."
Henry Milan, D.Min:
"I use IGIsm in a variety of ways. With sexually
abused persons to help them get in touch with their
goodness, as well as their gifts. With dying patients, I
have helped them imagine their dying and what their
after-life might be. With cancer clients, at times I have
had them imagine chemotherapy helping them. More
importantly, with some I have assisted them to speak to
their cancer cells, asking its name, why it has come, and
what does it want. I have used IGIsm in marital
counseling not only to imagine the kind of person each is,
but how a good marriage or divorce is imagined. The
instances for using IGIsm are numberless."
Diane Saunders Sternbach, CHT
"I use IGIsm almost exclusively, with hypnosis
at an absolute minimum."
Barbara Wieland-Mark, PhD, CHT:
"I use IGIsm with both emotional and physical
client needs and I find it useful with virtually all my
describe the value of IGIsm in your
"It is difficult to use implicit boundaries of language to
describe the value of IGIsm. It is the most
powerful and useful modality I use in my practice."
"I frequently work with people who are involved in 12 step
recovery. I find this work to be extremely effective in all
aspects of the recovery process. In addition, I use it in
working with somatic problems, anxiety, depression,
performance enhancement, and other behavior changes, to
name just a few. In extreme cases, I have often used these
techniques in working with PTSD and dissociative
"The value of IGIsm cannot be measured. It is a
Godsend for me and for anyone that I introduce it to."
"Invaluable, a centerpiece of mind/body medicine."
"For me personally it has great value in terms of my own
process. It is also very helpful to my patients both
individually and in classes as they learn to be still and
trust their inner process. As you can imagine, people with
cancer have high anxiety and often make major life changes
in response to the diagnosis. IGIsm helps them
get in touch with their authentic selves and to trust their
process of change."
"IGIsm is invaluable in my practice. It is like
using poetry and frontal lobe thinking. It is a major
factor in helping clients make use of their own inner
resources and beauty. It has become an integral part of all
of my work."
"IGIsm is invaluable."
"Because everyone's imagination is unique, IGIsm
gives a wonderful window into the client's experience. The
elegance of the process is that the client explores and
appreciates their own inner resources and it provides them
with a lasting tool for self-exploration and healing."
describe your experience of the training you received from
"Professional, deep, complete, stimulating, an outstanding
"I completed the certification program in 1992. It was not
only the most professionally beneficial training I had ever
experienced, it was also the most personally enlightening
and satisfying. I had used other forms of imagery work for
many years and had been certified as a hypnotherapist only
two years prior. I felt that the process with the Academy
far exceeded my former trainings in its thoroughness, its
professionalism, the quality of the training materials used
and the individual attention I received throughout the
I was also impressed with the variety of healing modalities
represented by the faculty and the highly sophisticated
level of accomplishment attained in their individual
professional and personal lives. The small group
environment in the Preceptorships allowed intimate contact
with the mentors which promoted an intense and personal
"The training that I received is the best I've gotten
anywhere, period. Nothing else has even come close to the
level of professionalism and the respect the Academy's
training afforded me."
"The process of certification combined with the warmth,
support, and skill of the Academy's faculty was among the
most positive professional experiences I have ever had."
"I was very pleased with the level of training, the
presenters were professional and skilled. David and Marty
were great and the intensive weekends were the best
supervision I have ever received."
"The training was one of the most positive and useful
experiences I have ever had. It has been very easy to
recommend the training."
"I was delighted with the training. The 'reverse oreo'
makes learning and striving so stress-free."
"The training with the Academy was a top notch experience.
The material was very clear and accessible and the concepts
were well supported by example and literature. There were
two long trainings called Preceptorships which were well
defined and organized. They fostered the clear
understanding of the process of IGIsm. The style
of the Preceptorships allowed a repeated experience of the
process on both sides of the relationship - as a guide and
as a client. This helped to build a confidence and clarity
of the use of the process in a variety of clinical
share a story on how IGIsm worked for one of
"There are so many stories but a recent one is
illustrative. A young adult woman had a fractured tibia
which was causing a great deal of pain. In imagery she
spoke to it with great anger asking why it was so hurtful.
As she continued, gently I asked that she speak to it
asking what it needed from her. In an instant it said that
it needed to be loved. There was visible shock on her face,
then suddenly she realized she had been cursing a part of
her body and now understood why it was not healing. This
was a major turning point in her life."
*All the names were changed
to protect confidentiality.
"I cannot claim to have a cure for any illness, especially
Multiple Sclerosis. However, utilizing imagery as part of
the integrative medicine process, I have had two patients,
who, having a definitive diagnosis of MS prior to the work,
now have different diagnoses. Both have been labeled as
misdiagnosed originally (what a common story for two people
who heal against the odds). Also, several patients with
Fibromyalgia have learned how to manage their lives and
improve the quality of living, with much credit to the
"In the creative area, my special story is about an actress
client who had used IGIsm with me for audition
stage fright. When she landed a role on a PBS special, I
suggested that she might like to try IGIsm for
exploring her character. She said that she and the director
had fully explored it already, and that she didn't think
she would learn anything more, but she would give it a try.
She was in her own words 'blown away' by the insights she
had. Her work with IGIsm led directly to her
finding a depth to the character no one else associated
with the production had seen, and led her to give a
performance that was filled with nuance and depth she would
have otherwise missed."
"I worked with a client who presented with severe stress
that was being experienced as both as anxiety and onset
insomnia. In our work on the insomnia, it presented itself
as an image of an invader/intruder into her apartment which
she described as being otherwise safe. Conversations with
the image revealed him as a friend who had died a violent
death. She was able to explore her grief surrounding the
death of her friend as well as fear of her own. As she got
to know the image she was able to reach closure with the
friend. Additionally, with the help of her Inner Advisor,
she was able to construct a globe of protection around
herself to sleep in and got the agreement from her Inner
Advisor to stand guard over her while she slept. Her
insomnia has ceased. She is very enthused about
IGIsm and we are continuing to use it to deal
with her anxiety."
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
"Imagination is the eye of the soul."
"The spirit is the master; imagination the tool, and the
plastic material ...The power of the imagination is a great
medicine. It may produce diseases in man and in animals,
and it may cure them ..Ills of the body may be cured by
physical remedies or by the power of the spirit acting
through the soul."
-Paracelsus, Father of Modern Medicine
"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single
man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery