AIMI Faculty

Gerald Epstein, MD, founder and director of The American Institute For Mental Imagery, is the foremost practitioner of integrative healthcare for healing and self transformation. He holds the position of Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and has been a Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to teaching and writing, and his private practice in NYC, Dr. Epstein conducts research into the efficacy of mental imagery.

Trained as a Freudian analyst, he abandoned this direction in 1974 to study the therapeutic uses of the imagination under Madame Colette Aboulker-Muscat, of Jerusalem. Since then, he has been a pioneer in the use of Mental Imagery for treating physical and emotional problems. As his work evolved over the years, he has become a leading exponent of the Western spiritual tradition and its application to healing and therapeutics.

As a result of his clinical experiences, Dr. Epstein wrote Waking Dream Therapy in 1981. In 1989, he authored Healing Visualizations still the classic book on the therapeutic use of mental imagery.    Inspired by the Western spiritual tradition, Dr. Epstein wrote Healing Into Immortality (1994), a clear account of the reasons and remedies for illness. Finally, Dr. Epstein has recorded many audio sets including the Phoenix Process and the Natural Laws of Self Healing.

Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, RN, PhD, FAAN, is Professor Emerita, Hunter College, City of New York. Author of four books and over 80 articles on a wide variety of subjects, she has taught and lectured throughout the country and abroad on her theory of Power as Knowing Participation in Change. In 1995, Dr. Barrett is a graduate of The American Institute For Mental Imagery. 

Along with Dr. Epstein, she pioneered a seminal research project on the effects of mental imagery on treatment outcomes for asthmatics, under a grant from the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine. Dr. Barrett has earned a reputation as one of the most honored nurses in America. At present she conducts a practice of Health Patterning Therapeutic Touch and mental imagery.

Lydia Craigmyle, Ph.D., a graduate of The American Institute For Mental Imagery, is a licensed New York State psychologist who practices integrative mindbody therapy with an emphasis on mental imagery. She worked at Washington Square Institute and conducted research at Harvard University’s Maclean Hospital. Dr. Craigmyle specializes in the mother- daughter relationship. She also incorporates a natural breathing method, developed by Carl Stough, to reduce anxiety and depression. She has recently developed an innovative therapeutic technique called “The Craigmyle Calming Technique” to restore balance and health.

Rosalind Hutton, M.A.L.S., L.C.S.W., is a graduate of The American Institute For Mental Imagery and the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP). She earned an MA from Mary Washington University and an MSW at Fordham University. Her post graduate studies include the Theology Program at Georgetown University and the completion of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola. She is also a Eucharist Minister. Ms. Hutton has served on several boards including Jesuit Review Board for the NY Province as well as Vice President of the Maria Droste Counseling Center. She teaches at NIP and maintains a private practice in integrative health in Manhattan.

Amy Kruvant, L.C.S.W, A.C.S.W. is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.   She is a graduate of The American Institute of Mental Imagery where she received post graduate training and certification in Phenomenology, Mental Imagery and Spiritual Therapeutics.  Amy has also received post graduate certification in EEG Biofeedback, EMDR, TFT as well as Human Resource Development.  Classes and individual consultations in Whole Person Therapeutics are offered through her company, Innovative Counseling LLC, located in Montclair, New Jersey. 

Randy Kasper, L.C.S.W. is a graduate of AIMI; she continues to study and work with Dr. Epstein. She currently runs the School of Imagery and Health on the West Coast, where she also maintains a private practice. She has helped to create and/or oversee hospital-based programs for Chemical Dependency, Domestic Violence and Employee Assistance in Texas, New York and California. Randy is on faculty at California State University (MSW program) and Alliant International University (Forensic PsyD program).  She is currently serving on the Board of Imagery International. She is a Board Certified Diplomate and a BBS-approved provider of Continuing Education (State of California). 

Rabbi Joyce Reinitz, L.C.S.W., is a New York State Certified Social Worker who graduated from Columbia University’s School of Social Work. She was a co-founder of the Center for Integrated Recovery and remains the Director of this institute. Rabbi Reinitz worked for the Jewish Family Services and for the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Rabbi Reinitz has combined the Rubenfeld Method of body work with her approach to integrative imaginal therapy. She is a graduate of The American Institute For Mental Imagery and the Rabbinical Program of the Academy for Jewish Religion. She was the former head of the Society for Jewish Science.