About

The late Gerald N. Epstein, MD,  was one of the foremost practitioners of integrative healthcare for healing and transformation.  Trained as a Freudian analyst, he abandoned this direction in 1974 to study therapeutic uses of the imagination under the guidance of Madame Colette Aboulker–Muscat in Jerusalem. Dr. Epstein was an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and taught at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. He founded and directed the American Institute for Mental Imagery from 1974 until his death in 2019. There he trained health care practitioners and offered classes to the public in his GEMS model of Health.  Today, AIMI continues to teach and publish his works. 

For 45 years, Dr. Epstein was a pioneer in the use of mental imagery for treating physical and emotional problems. As his work evolved, he became a leading exponent of the Western spiritual tradition and its application to healing and therapeutics.  He taught, conducted research, and wrote many books and articles for both clinicians and lay audience. He appeared and was featured on national television, radio shows, magazines, newspapers and websites, and maintained a social media presence (FacebookTwitterYou Tube).  Additionally, he and Dr. Elizabeth Barrett launched the Power Imagery Process (PIP) an online program and corporate workshop and for self-development and change. 

  • In 1973, Dr. Epstein co-founded the Journal of Psychiatry and Law and served as its editor-in-chief until 1986. 
  • In 1980, Dr. Epstein edited Studies in Non-Deterministic Psychology, a leading edge collection of essays by authorities in diverse alternative directions in therapy.
  • In 1981, as a result of his clinical experiences, Dr. Epstein wrote Waking Dream Therapy
  • Dr. Epstein authored Healing Visualizations in 1989, now considered the classic book on the therapeutic mental imagery.
  • Inspired by the Bible and the Western spiritual tradition, he wrote Healing Into Immortality (1994), a clear account of the reasons and remedies for illness.
  • In his 1999 book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Dr. Epstein takes the reader on an experiential journey through the Bible to find a way to spiritual freedom. 
  • In 2003 he published The Natural Laws of Self Healing, an eight CD audio set published by Nightingale–Conant, a full course in applied therapeutics of western spirituality in the healthcare field.  
  • Other CD sets by Dr. Epstein include The Phoenix Process, Emotional Mastery and The Secret the Secret Doesn't Tell You
  • In 2009 Dr. Epstein published Kabbalah for Inner Peace, a handbook of imagery for everyday problems.
  • in 2010 Dr. Epstein and Dr. Elizabeth Barrett launched the Power Imagery Process (PIP) an online program and corporate workshop and for self-development and change. 
  • In 2012 Dr. Epstein edited and published the Encyclopedia of Mental Imagery, a treasury of collected imagery by his teacher Colette.
  • In December 2014, Dr. Epstein gave the keynote address to the Annual Symposium of the International Board of Hypnotherapy in NM.
  • His opus, We Are Not Meant to Die, written with the assistance of his wife, Rachel Epstein, will be released in Feb. 2020. 
  • Read his articles and research here.

Research: Dr. Epstein conducted clinical research in the treatment of asthma through mental imagery, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health, and  published two papers on this successful research along with Dr. Elizabeth Barrett and other colleagues. In addition, he completed successful research on the utilization of mental imagery to create coherence in heart rate variability with Dr. Kaplan at James Madison University of Virginia. 

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