Leslie Davenport

Leslie Davenport, MA, MFT

Adjunct Faculty
Integrative Health Studies

Transformative Imagery

CIIS Main Building
1453 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Leslie is author of the leading text on guided imagery, Healing and Transformation through Self-Guided Imagery. She was the founder of the Humanities Program at Marin General Hospital, which evolved into The Institute for Health and Healing in collaboration with California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in practice for over 20 years she is an advocate for the role of guided imagery in psychotherapy and integrative medicine.

Leslie teaches Transformative Imagery

In this course, through a compelling and extensive body of research connected to the field of psychoneuroimmunology, we have learned that conscious and unconscious images within us have a direct impact on our physiology, offering guided imagery an important role for a range of health‐related conditions. Examples include the ability to lower cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, heighten short‐term immune cell activity, lower blood pressure, reduce complications related to surgery, as well as relief from anxiety, and enhance well‐being. An interactive style of imagery facilitation that navigates the mind‐body‐emotions‐spirit matrix will be taught and practiced, along with an understanding of its applications for a variety of health and lifestyle concerns. This is a 3‐unit class offered as an elective in the Integrative Health Studies master's program and cross‐listed with the Counseling Psychology programs.