Guided Imagery for Kids Book

Guided Imagery Work with Kids: Essential Practices to Help Them Manage Stress, Reduce Anxiety and Build Self-Esteem

Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that uses sensory visualizations to engage the mind and imagination for healing. It is a simple, versatile therapeutic tool that uses “scripts” to help clients focus and guide their imagination, and has been shown to alleviate a host of common emotional issues in kids, from anxiety and insecurity to stress, anger, and the effects of bullying. Easier to practice than meditation or hypnosis, guided imagery allows kids to quickly focus, integrate their thoughts, emotions, and feelings, and practice self-compassion, all without the need for extraordinary discipline or time investment.

This concise book lays out all the essential guidelines for using this helpful healing practice in therapy, counseling, and any type of helping work with children. The opening chapters present the groundwork, explaining what guided imagery is, how it differs from mindfulness and hypnosis, how it works, and how to integrate it into therapy practice. The second half of the book offers dozens of detailed, ready-to-use guided imagery scripts for therapists to follow in their work with children. This rich collection of scripts is organized around the most common issues children present with in therapy, accompanied by helpful notes for working with particular age groups, and illustrated in practice through illuminating case vignettes. Issues addressed include:
• Anxiety and tension
• Stress management
• Low self-esteem
• Emotional health
• Difficulty showing empathy
• Social stress
• Low energy and lack of motivation

And much more. Readers will learn techniques to treat a range of child problems and encourage inner healing, happiness, and goal achievement. Small in format, therapists can consult this guide any time they want to use a script with a child during the therapy hour. It’s an adaptable tool for novice and experienced therapists alike to achieve maximum benefits in a minimum amount of time, even with no prior knowledge of guided imagery. Guided imagery scripts can be used in conjunction with any therapeutic approach, and are easily adapted to fit particular needs. With the scripts, skills, and essential principles in Guided Imagery Work with Kids, professionals will have everything they need to begin applying this effective method in their work with young clients.

Published 2016 W. W. Norton, 2016 - Child psychotherapy - 204 pages


As a child psychologist, I am constantly looking for resources that will benefit my clients...  Thank you for these beautiful relaxation CDs. As a child psychologist, I am constantly looking for resources that will benefit my clients. The gentle music, calming voice over and the positive visualizations have been really appreciated by the young clients with whom I work. Little girls with busy, anxious minds have found these CDs to be both calming and relaxing at bedtime, enabling them to sleep more easily and 'shelve' their thoughts and concerns. Other little girls with self-doubt or worries have found the CDs reassuring and positive, giving them greater confidence in themselves and their decision making. My own two daughters are constantly taking the CDs from my desk, lying down in a quiet room and enjoying the serenity of the 'journeys' at the end of a busy day. Thank you for sharing the gift you have and for helping children in such a positive way.

Alison Brown, Psychologist
Melbourne Children's Clinic

Heartfelt thanks for the CDs!    Hi Mellisa. Just wanted you to know that the cd's are working out absolutely amazingly. They rotate getting a turn to pick the meditation of their choice once they are ready for bed and they all love snuggling in and relaxing with your cd's. Funny enough, my little guy who has difficulty with focus and concentration honestly picks out the cd for kids who need a little help to slow down. I've never told him that is what the cd is designed for and he can't read very well. So that cd genuinely speaks to him and he finds it very soothing. They have helped my three little angels immensely and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!!

Rachel R.

Positive mom's breakthrough!    I just want to tell you the awesome news! Tonight I played your cd (and later) came in to turn the player off. My child who usually wants nothing to do with me talking positive says I drive them nuts when I say things like "have a great day", "remember school is fun", and "school is easy." This child says to me "Can I listen to that CD again?". Really! How happy I was to hear this. You are making a breakthrough and I have been trying on my own to change things here. In such a short time you have made a break through. Thank you so very much for making such a positive impact on my child's life. You are amazing! Ever thought about doing seminars in schools talking in church's to help more family's. I definitely will be talking about you!

L. Nelson

Highly recommend!    I use all your cd's I purchased with my grandchildren when its bed time. I also use them myself at times. You have put together a great product.
Many thanks! Kind regards.

Debbie Spruce

Highly recommend!  I am very grateful to have found this wonderful resource. I am an elementary school speech-language therapist and use Shambala Kids CD's at school about once a week with some of my students who have emotional regulation challenges. I also lead a "Peace Project" group for my bullying prevention program ([...])at the school and we have used this CD on occasion to talk about how our thoughts and feelings affect one another and discuss how using relaxation or meditation can be a useful tool when stressed out. We love the talk about sending the "big bubble of love" to those in need!!! I get asked almost daily if we can "do relaxation"! I love Melissa's soothing voice and lovely comments filled with positivity. I love the concept of re-creating what's on the imagery screen. I highly recommend this to parents and classroom teachers.

Dee DiGioia

You are brought into the story...  We have almost all the ShambalaKids CD's and the Life Skills guide. The narrators voice takes the listener on a magical journey of imagination and relaxation. The story starts out with simple awareness of the body and self. Then you are guided into an imaginary story that brings you along. You are not being told a story but brought into the story... I have recommended ShambalaKids to everyone I know!


Favourite tool in my parenting toolbox!  The moment we tried Shambalakids meditations, they became our favourite parenting tool! We bought the full CD set (years ago)and popped in "One with the Universe" to help our son calm down before bed. The next night, he asked for it again, and so the ritual began. At three, this was his favourite. Today, he loves listening to "Calm and Clarity" before school starts and I'm so grateful for it! If he were he in traditional school, I'm positive he'd be labelled ADHD or at least 'hyperactive'. After a meditation, he sits down, focuses, asks questions, and completes his work-- No fuss. No arguing! When they are sick, they listen to the "Dolphin Healing Journey" to boost their immune systems. My motto is "Meditation, NOT medication" (this works for ADD drugs as well as for medicine for the common cold!) In fact, since using these meditations, we rarely give a time-out or other seemingly punitive consequences. When either of our children feel frustrated or out-of-sorts, they ask for a meditation and happily retreat to their rooms, returning with renewed energy and spirit--they ASK for the meditation themselves! We love modelling meditation for our children but I was struggling to bring it to their level. Shambalakids did it for us. I LOVE to do them with the children (especially when they are young and have trouble calming down). I can't imagine parenting without Shambalakids!


Guided Relaxations for Worry-Free Kids!  Whenever he has a hard time sleeping or is worried or stressing about something he asks me to put on this cd and he blissfully falls asleep. I love the message! The voice is nurturing and loving and the messages he receives are perfect! The tools he is learning, the messages and affirmations he is receiving will help him throughout his whole life!!!! Thank you for this amazing cd. I enjoy it as well!!!

Kimberly S. Hiles

Just the thing you've been looking for!  What a fantastic idea! Guided meditations for children!
These CD's are such a blessing. A warm and loving gentle voice takes the child to a place of peaceful relaxation. I can see where this would benefit any child with any kind of anxiety - but know that these are most wonderful for all children! I can't say that my own kids have any anxiety issues but they respond very well to the relaxation and calming vibes..which are both emotionally and physically healthy for everyone! You too will love the whimsy and gentle guided visualizations! Definitely worth the purchase!

Elle L

One with the Universe Kids' Meditation.  This CD is a must any child or adult seeking to nurture their Inner Child. It is SO inspiring! The imagery shared in the meditation is beyond beautiful. Shambala defined as "The Place where Heaven meets Earth" cultivates just that; a vision or place for children to be connected within and honor being "One with the Universe". Mellisa's voice is absolutely delightful and relaxing. I cried with joy when I first heard the CD as did my son. As a yoga teacher and practitioner of meditation for a number of years I am very impressed.

Vibrant Soul

Highly recommends!  I just listen with my almost 10 year old to ShambalaKid - One with the Universe Kids Meditation CD. AMAZING!!!!!! She was upset that I turned it off, so she could go to sleep. I promised her that we would listen to it again tomorrow morning. THANK YOU so much! It is just what we BOTH needed! Beautiful, relaxing, compassionate, peaceful, full of love...meditation CD.

J. Clarke