Guided Imagery

Psychotherapy and Healing Through the Mind-Body Connection

By: Rubin Battino


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Size: 234mm x 154mm
Pages : 394
ISBN : 9781845900380
Format: Paperback
Published: March 2007

This unique, practical and accessible healing manual explores the most powerful methods of healing, primarily focusing on guided imagery, a healing technique that fully exploits the connection between mind and body. In addition, it encourages a multi-modal approach to healing through an analysis of other techniques, including psychotherapy-based methods and alternative therapies.

It presents a breakdown of published guided imagery scripts, while investigating the most effective methods in inducing a state of relaxation. Also included in this volume is an invaluable section on preparing patients for surgery, as well as chapters on Nutrition and Healing, by nutrition expert A. Ira Fritz PhD, and a chapter on Native American Healing Traditions, by healer Helena Sheehan PhD.

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Rubin Battino

Rubin Battino MS has a private practice in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He is an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Human Services at Wright State University, and has over twenty five years of experience as a facilitator of a support group for people who have life-challenging diseases and for caregivers. He is a Fellow of the National Council for Hypnotherapy (UK), and also a Fellow of two chemistry societies. Other publications by Rubin include: Healing Language. A Guide for Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors; Howie and Ruby. Conversations 2000 - 2007;, That's Right, Is it Not? A Play About the Life of Milton H. Erickson, MD, and Using Guided Imagery and Hypnosis in Brief Therapy and Palliative Care.

Click here to listen to Rubin's interview with London School of Clinical Communications and Hypnosis.


  1. Battino's main focus in this book is on healing using mind/body communication through guided imagery. Not only does Battino provide a whole host of scientific evidence for the benefits of guided imagery for those who have life-challenging illness but he also analyses, in detail, the importance of the language used in several guided imagery scripts. He explores a number of other therapies, such as psychotherapy based approaches to illness and includes contributions from other writers on nutrition and Native American healing.
  2. My only real argument with this excellent book is its title: it doesn't indicate the topic.

    The book is about cancer. It gives the author's impressive experience in working with people suffering from an advanced stage of cancer, but is a lot more than that. There are well-documented and easy to understand accounts of psychoneuroimmunology, some of the uses of guided imagery with excellent examples, the uses and dangers of the placebo effect, a Native American healer's approach, and so on. It is a useful, highly readable compendium of psychological approaches to healing.

    Early in the book, Battino makes a very useful distinction between healing and curing. Curing is when the disease goes away. A person who has healed becomes whole again, and can be at peace with the disease, and the world at large. “Remarkably, although healing is an end in itself, healing is often accompanied by some degree of curing, if not complete cures, with sufficient frequency to be taken seriously. The goal of healing work is not a cure ” the cure is a by-product of healing. In fact, if the sole motivation for healing work is a cure, then the healing work becomes contaminated and side-tracked.”

    This describes my approach to a wide range of physical problems, and the definition both validated and inspired me.

    Properly, Battino reports extensively on the work of several relevant approaches, for example the work of Bernie Siegel and Milton Erickson. I felt a little dubious about the use of claims from neuro-linguistic programming. My understanding of the evidence is that this approach, promising and interesting as it is, has failed to stand up under cross-validation.

    Even with such a minor cavil, this is an excellent book. It will be useful to anyone dealing with psychological approaches to physical ailments, particularly to serious ones like cancer. It will be useful to anyone who wants to improve their use of guided imagery for a wide range of purposes, such as for example dealing with pain management, grief or anxiety. It will be useful to anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the subtle interactions of thinking and imaging with the actions of the immune system.

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