Going Beyond Anxiety and Depression:
Improving Well-Being Without Medication


Are you feeling trapped by anxiety and/or depression?    Are you considering taking psychiatric medication—or feeling that the medication you are taking is not really helping?  This 2-part online course will give you a new map of the territory, steps you can take to improve your emotional response to life challenges, and information you need to transcend anxiety and:

  • help you make informed choices about psychiatric medication,
  • think more clearly,
  • engage and mobilize your deepest heart’s desire, and
  • increase your enjoyment in life.

10 Continuing Education hours available for most healthcare providers and nurses. Contact info@IMHU.org


A Cherokee Elder was teaching his grandchildren about life.  He said to them,
“There is a fight going on inside of me.  It is a terrible war between two wolves.  One wolf represents fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, and superiority.  The others stands for joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

This same fight is going on inside of you and every other person.”

The youngsters thought about this a while and then asked, “Which one will win?”
The old man answered, “The one you feed.”

If you have inner conflicts—it doesn’t mean you need medication. Instead, you may need some skills to come to peace with these opposing energies within you.  Particularly now, when opposing energies are warring so fiercely in our culture.

Let’s feed joy and hope!

Are you like Mary? She finds plenty of news to keep her awake at night, tossing and turning, wondering about the security of her job, the economy, natural and man-made disasters we might be facing, etc.  What does Mary get from it?  Anxiety, irritability and depression…loss of ability to perform well at work.  In the worst of times, Mary just looks for a pill to take the anxiety away, even when she knows it won’t really heal her, may lead to chronic use of drugs, and then their debilitating side effects.

There are things we can easily do to enhance our ability to function without worrying and without relying on alcohol and drugs to help tolerate stress, relax, and get enough sleep.  They empower us to connect with our creativity, resourcefulness, and confidence, too.

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Let’s connect and feed our joy and hope together!


This course is right for you if you want to:

  • Take effective steps towards healthy alternatives to psychiatric medications;
  • Get up-to-date solid information before you choose meds or no meds;
  • Connect with others who are successful in using effective alternatives;
  • Explore how to help a loved one who is troubled with anxiety.

We will support you to relieve anxiety and:

  • Achieve the very best in well-being (for you or a loved one);
  •  Stop so much worry;
  • Show up as your best self in your family and at work;
  • Manage your stress level;
  • Have a life of meaning and purpose;
  • Being really “well” (as opposed to just “not sick”)

We’ll give you some tools to measurably move in this direction—including a free book with practical information and amusing cartoons, as well as contacts for ongoing support.   And, we’ll dialogue together—sharing the path as well as the resources.


Format: We use a user-friendly, secure online learning platform.  No expertise needed—just follow user-friendly prompts.  There are 2 Parts–Part One is accessible on signup.  Part Two is available to those completing Part One who register for Part Two.   No set class times!  You can also participate in ongoing online discussion with other students in the course and the facilitator when it is convenient for you.

Dates: At Your Convenience

Place: Online

Cost: $20. for Part One

Contact info@IMHU.org for info on Continuing Ed credit.



On sign up we’ll send you a link to  one of the funniest 8-minute videos ever!

  1. Part One: The Path to Wellness
    •  8 Effective Ways to Feeling Good
    • Short-term Effective Avenues Out of the Effects of Trauma
    • Who Decides What is Normal?

Part Two is Divided into 4 modules and a bonus video which are ALL available on signup:

1. Conventional Psychiatry and Integrative Psychiatry

  • What’s the Difference?
  • Interview Expert, Mary Ackerley, MD on Integrative Mental Health care
  • Physiology Approach with Micronutrients and Detox

 2. How Psych Meds Can Hold Us Back

  • Interview with Robert Whitaker, author and change agent
  • Considering Withdrawal from Psych Meds
  • Support for Withdrawal

 3. Breaking the Limits–Exploring Empowering Strategies

  • Free Book that Flips Diagnosis and Treatment
  • The Power of Peers
  • Improving the System

 4. Taking a Peek at the Peak

  • Models from other Cultures
  • Awakening Means No More Bad Hair Days
  • Unique Interview with Paula Sellars, MSW
  • ….AND

A Bonus Inspiring Video to Make Your Heart Sing!

Emma Bragdon

Emma Bragdon, PhD., the Course Facilitator:

Emma Bragdon, PhD, has a PhD in Transpersonal Psychology and was licensed as a Marriage, Family & Child Therapist in 1988. Since 1991 she has been teaching experiential courses that empower spiritual evolution in a safe way—creating maps and helping students build bridges into inner worlds formerly perceived as “otherworldly” as well as “enlightening.”

Emma will draw from 30 years of experience studying, publishing 7 books, and creating 2 documentary films on the subject of integrative psychology.  EmmaBragdon.com

Mary Ackerley, MD

In Part 2–Mary Ackerley, MD, IMHU Faculty:

Mary Ackerley, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist.  She was conventionally trained at  one of our finest medical schools then broadened her work to include effective complementary methods for healing psychological disturbances.  She pays attention to the effects of diet, allergies, and system imbalances on well-being. She supervises detoxification, when needed.  She also encourages spiritual practices to achieve optimal mental health.

Robert Whitaker

In Part 2–Robert Whitaker, Guest Presenter:

Robert Whitaker is the author of Anatomy of an Epidemic, a book that won the top award for investigative journalism in 2011.  He speaks with kindness, humility and great clarity on the impact of psychiatric drugs in America. He has been welcomed and well received for his perspectives all over the world and is actively involved in moving us towards improvements in mental healthcare.

Paula Sellars

In Part 2–Paula Sellars, Guest Presenter:

Paula Sellars is a licensed clinical social worker who used to work in psychiatric hospitals.   She visited Brazil, then immersed herself in East Indian healing practices and became “awakened”.  She is a bright teacher, dedicated consciousness trainer and documentary filmmaker who is working towards creating positive transformation in our culture to improve mental health and well-being.

Activities: online group discussion, watching videos, listening to music, brief meditation, journaling, and reading short articles.

Cost: $20.00 for Part One

Contact us: info@IMHU.org about Continuing Education Credits


What people say about Emma Bragdon:

“Dr. Bragdon is on the leading edge of issues that must be addressed if we are going to realize a transformation in the ways in which health care is currently conceptualized and delivered. The future lies in the development of capacities which lie latent within all of us, and in technology which is more commensurate with recent scientific developments.” —Jeffrey D. Rediger, M.D., M.Div. Medical Director, McLean Hospital SE, Harvard Medical School,  Massachussetts.

“You are really a bridge to a new way.”—Sally Henderson, Georgia

“I’ve had the great good fortune of working with some extremely gifted coaches in various aspects of my life, and I would place Emma Bragdon in the rare and elite category of teachers who thoroughly understand the esoteric complexities of their field, and are also able to share and explain their knowledge in grounded, concise and eloquent terms.”—Markus Koch, 6 yrs. in the NFL (National Football League), twice a Superbowl champion, now a holistic healthcare provider; Michigan

Some Problems with Conventional Medical Care

Conventional medical care is now the 3rd leading cause of death in the USA.  That means mistakes that could be avoided: unnecessary invasive interventions, overdoses of medications, toxic responses to medications, or even unnecessary diagnostic procedures that create problems.

This is not to say that conventional medical care is ‘all-bad’.  Of course, we need to keep tabs on our health.  Our health care providers can help us make wise choices for what we consume, how we exercise, sleep, and how we can maintain a satisfying sex life as we age.   Hospital care can save lives in an emergency situation.

However, making psychological issues and other chronic conditions a medical problem that we manage with drugs is often not a good choice.  Psychological upheavals are conditions that can improve once we manage stress and overcome past trauma.  Micronutrients can play a vital role in recovery.  Research shows that relying on psychiatric drugs over a long term is very harmful for most people—often reducing life span for 20-25 years.

We simply need to carefully look at what other options we have other than psychiatric medications.  Now is the time.  There are many positive options to choose from.

Note: This course is educational. If you are in a personal crisis, please seek the advice of a trusted healthcare professional.

Cost: $20. for Part One


We can offer ten hours of continuing education hours to most healthcare providers for an additional fee of $50. for Part One and Two
Please contact us for more information: info@IMHU.org.


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Emma Bragdon, PhD
Integrative Mental Health for You

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