Many of us have suffered a traumatic incident in our lives. All of us have been affected by the events of 9/11. Too often these traumas continue to haunt us long after the original experience, so that we suffer a form of posttraumatic stress. Psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek discovered that conventional psychotherapeutic techniques were of little use in treating posttraumatic stress – in fact, they often made matters worse. She realized that “now more than ever we need to be able to recapture our sense of mastery over the moment and over ourselves, and get to some sort of peaceful center so we can cope and transcend these very tough times.” By applying a simple, non-invasive technique in her treatment of war veterans, rape victims, people who have been sexually abused, even survivors of 9/11, Naparstek found that many of them experienced deep, transformative healing. In this breakthrough interview, she shares how using multi-sensory images to bring about real healing from emotional trauma, and can also improve physical illnesses such as diabetes and fibromyalgia. Best of all, it’s a technique that each of us can use, any time, any place. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)
Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD is a psychotherapist, author, speaker, and guided imagery pioneer. She’s the creator of the popular, 59-title, Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. As Prevention Magazine noted, Naparstek has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.
Her books include:
- Staying Well With Guided Imagery (Warner Books 1995)
- Your Sixth Sense: Unlocking the Power of Your Intuition (Plus) (HarperOne 2009)
- Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam 2005)
To learn more about the work of Belleruth Naparstek go to www.healthjourneys.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How your body and mind protect you when you’re faced with a trauma
- Why untreated posttraumatic stress can cause debilitating physical illness
- What simple technique you can use at home to relieve posttraumatic stress
- How posttraumatic stress affects your ability to learn
- Why you may become physically ill as a result of emotional trauma
Host: Justine Willis Toms Interview Date: 11/1/2004 Program Number: 3068