Do you feel your self-esteem can use a boost? If so guided imagery could be just the thing to help increase your self-esteem. To help understand what guided imagery is and how it can boost your self-esteem, I have interviewed therapist Lynn Kennedy Baxter.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
“I am originally a registered nurse and a senior marriage and family therapist with 25 years of experience in private practice in San Jose, California. I frequently use guided imagery to help my clients overcome stress and anxiety, as well as cultivate skills, attributes and qualities that make them more successful.”
“My husband and I relocated this year to a lovely, small, mountain town in Colorado. We love to ski and golf. Learning clicker training of an adorable Australian shepherd puppy has added considerably to my skill in behavioral psychology, as well as given me pure delight in watching him grow and learn.”
“I am building a new practice in Colorado Springs and Woodland Park, Colorado with an emphasis on coaching for performance enhancement for sales people, executives, entrepreneurs and in sports performance, such as golf.”
What is guided imagery?
“Guided imagery is a therapist directed process that helps you change your mind and change your feelings to give you more of some attribute, quality or state of mind that you desire. First, you are put into a relaxed state of mind with some kind of imagery that involves all of the senses. Then the positive suggestions are given for your unconscious mind to create or find that attribute, quality or belief. The suggestions that can be given are virtually endless. Frequently people want more confidence, a better memory, less stress and more relaxation.”
How can guided imagery boost self-esteem?
“Guided imagery can turn around all of those negative thoughts, ideas and beliefs about a person that inhibit or block the person from feeling realistically good about them self. Through guided imagery a person may change negative messages from their childhood or address mistakes made in the past that inhibit them in the present.”
Are there other things someone can do to help maximize the benefits of guided imagery and further boost the self esteem at the same time?
“As with any skill, more practice with guided imagery through working with a therapist or with recordings make it more effective. Certainly there are accompanying conscious, cognitive exercises that enhance self-esteem, such as the appropriate use of affirmations to create desired behavior, character traits or states of mind.”
What last advice would you like to leave for someone who is interested in guided imagery to help boost his or her self-esteem?
“You do not have to live your live with poor self-esteem. Take action; find a therapist who uses guided imagery. Buy recorded guided imagery and listen to it daily.”
“Find a good practioner with whom you feel comfortable, who will make personalized recording for you to further build your self-esteem.”
“Learn how to consciously give yourself more positive suggestions and decide to learn from your mistakes, not just beat yourself up.”
“Learn to meditate or go into a deep, relaxed state of mind and give yourself predetermined positive suggestions.”
Thank you Lynn for doing the interview on how guided imagery can boost someone’s self esteem. For more information on Lynn Kennedy Baxter or her work check out her website on www.BeConfidentToday.com.
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