Dr. Gordon is a physician who, like Dr. Miller, while in medical school, became interested in a different approach to medicine, one which honored the potential for self healing and self help in medicine. He trained in Psychiatry, then went on to found, in 1991, the Center for Mind Body Medicine. Through the center he has trained thousands of health professionals around the world to apply Deep Relaxation, Meditation, Guided Imagery, and other person-centered approaches to deal with post traumatic stress during the acute phase – in trouble spots like Kosovo and Haiti, and with traumatized US veterans.
In this show we will explore the value of imagery for adjusting autonomic responses, as well as the immune and endocrine systems, and discuss the seven phases of depression, why it is better to not think of depression as a disease, but the start of an important life journey.
Dr. Gordon will present an overview of his latest book, Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression. We will touch on the importance of deep relaxation, the value of a guide, the dark night of the soul, and the spiritual connection.
Dr. Miller will then present a brief guided imagery experience drawn from his CD program, Escape From Depression.
Check out this short video showing Dr. Gordon’s work with traumatized people in the Gaza Strip
James S. Gordon, MD, a Harvard educated psychiatrist, is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Dean of the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, a Clinical Professor at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel and Gaza as well as in post-9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana.
His most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression (Penguin Press).