Deciphering the Mind’s Language: Dr. Robert Roerich and Colleagues Offer Compelling Evidence for Effectiveness of the Roerich Psychodynamic Inventory at This Year’s APS Convention

May 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At a poster session during the 26(th) annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (APS), Dr. Robert Roerich of Southwoods Counseling, LLC will present “Reliability and Validity of the Roerich Psychodynamic Inventory (RPI): A Mental Imagery Technique.” The poster summarizes the first statistical evidence of the technique’s efficacy. The technique has already shown enormous promise in assessing emotion functioning as part of treating depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder, among other mental health conditions.

Roerich’s mental imagery technique has been decades in the making, with roots going all the way back to Sigmund Freud. But where Freud became mired in abstraction and symbolism, Roerich has sought out the real-world parallels of subconscious imagery.

“Dreams and the subconscious are replete with archetypal, meaningful imagery,” explained Roerich. “In a sense, this imagery is a pre-linguistic language. The mental imagery technique I’ve developed prompts participants to engage with this imagery in a powerful and productive way by guiding them down an imaginary road where they encounter a series of situations and obstacles. When the conscious mind is allowed to operate in this language of mental symbols, hidden truths rise to the surface.”

Use of RPI has been ongoing at Southwoods Counseling in Youngstown, where Dr. Roerich practices. Client feedback has been positive, with many reporting profound, transformational experiences. Previous research on RPI presented at APS 2012 showed a correlation between responses to the technique and several standard diagnostic tools, such as the Beck Depression Inventory II.

Dr. Karen Giorgetti, chair of the Psychology Department at Youngstown State University (YSU), has been instrumental in helping Roerich develop a rigorous, evidence-based methodology. Observing RPI in practice, she was readily convinced of its adaptability and usefulness for a host of psychological conditions. Giorgetti will be joining Roerich at the poster session, along with YSU graduate student Dominique E. Bonamase and David E. Wilhelm, M.S.Ed., LSW of Southwoods Counseling.

According to Dr. Roerich, full-scale clinical trials are the next step in generating wider interest in and acceptance of his mental imagery technique. Likewise, collaboration with other researchers and practitioners will help to further validate RPI.

About Robert M. Roerich, MD

Since completing his psychiatric residency program more than twenty years ago, Dr. Robert Roerich has lent his expertise and leadership to a wide range of substance abuse, mental health and acute care clinics and institutions. He is the author of “How You Feel Why You Feel.” In 2002, Roerich was awarded the Romanian Jandarmeria Bronze Medal in recognition of “The Road Interview,” a suicide prevention instrument designed for emergency rooms. Today, Roerich’s interests include the use of mental imagery in mental status assessment, suicide prevention and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Robert M. Roerich, MD
Southwoods Counseling LLC
833 Boardman Canfield Rd
Youngstown, OH 44512

Karen Giorgetti, Ph.D.

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