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Intervention Description

The following list is not comprehensive, but gives you an idea of some of the brain plasticity, imagery and behavioral medicine strategies that you may implement, with therapist support, as part of the Intervention. Which strategies you use will depend on your symptoms, needs, goals, and preferences.

  1. Identification of 'passive imagery' themes (the emotionally laden messages that 'run in the background' of each person's conscious mind)

  2. Strengthening of positive and health promoting passive imagery

  3. Modifying passive imagery by implementing Active Imagery practices

  4. Utilization of Imagery techniques to improve physiology (Heart Rate Variability and temperature control) and mood state

    • Rhythm techniques
    • Story techniques
    • Mood State Modification--Purposeful movement from a mood state that is undesirable to one that is more desirable (techniques for moving from anxiety to calm; from depression to a more tranquil mood state)

  5. Evaluation and Assessment

    • Assessing your individual symptoms
    • Setting improvement goals: Physical, cognitive and mood state
    • Measurement of Heart Rate Variability to assess mood state and the effectiveness of individual imagery strategies
    • Measurement of temperature as indicator of stress reduction and imagery control
    • Mapping of circadian/ultradian rhythms to improve sleep and energy
    • Evaluating malodors that impact health outcomes
    • Evaluating noise and sound polluting in your home and work environment
    • Sleep habit evaluation
    • Assessing and documenting breathing rhythms
    • Evaluating your religious and spiritual support systems
    • Evaluating your conditioned responses (mood state and physiological)

  6. Potentiating Imagery by engaging the senses and emotion
    • Strategies to improve imagination
    • Creating a 'culture of calm' environmental strategy
    • Using sound and music to modify mood state and physiology
    • Using taste and scent for conditioning of mood state and for physiological change
    • Engaging touch and movement to modify physiology and mood state

  7. Cognition, Memory and Focus enhancement
    • Using Mind Maps for organization, neural stimulation and stress reduction
    • The Name Game strategy
    • The 14 Memory Enhancing Methods
    • Creating an individualized memory technique plan
    • Using art and sketch to improve memory
    • Using rhymes, song, metaphor and story to 'pack' and 'unpack' memories
    • Strategies for 'Building a Better Brain' (Brain Plasticity Techniques)

  8. Modifying Emotion
    • The 'Skiing' Method
    • The 'Eraser' Method
    • Evaluating Emotional Stories
    • Modifying your Stories
    • Ritual and Ceremony to modify mood state
    • Using Dreams to modify mood state and problem solve
    • Music Stacking
    • Sound that modifies emotion

  9. Targeted Imagery
    • Working with Neuropeptide Imagery to create very specific physiological and/or biochemical changes (developed in collaboration with Dr. Candace Pert, former NIH Section Chief, and discoverer or receptors for neuropeptides, our 'molecules of emotion).'
    • Brain Plasticity techniques
    • Nighttime Imagery Audiofiles for goal work
    • Psychoneuroimmunology research and conditioning techniques including conditioning of health promoting behavior, mood state, physiology and biochemistry.

  10. Long-Range Planning and Implementation of your individualized strategies

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