How does guided imagery work?
Guided imagery involves envisioning a certain goal to help cope with health problems or the task or skill a child is trying to learn or master. Guided imagery is most often used as a relaxation technique that involves sitting or lying quietly and imagining a favorite, peaceful setting like a beach, meadow or forest.
Studies have shown that guided imagery can help the mind and body relax. It can help in managing anxiety, stress and depression; help reduce pain, lower blood pressure and lessen nausea; help with sleeping; and give people a better sense of control and well-being. Our pediatric psychologists use guided imagery to help children, adolescents and teens cope with illness or stressful situations, and will teach them how to perform these exercises on their own so they may use these skills whenever they need them.