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06 Oct

Dear Belleruth,

My wife has tinnitus - etiology unknown – which has been declared untreatable by her internist. (I myself am a doctor).

She is very depressed and upset, feeling at the end of her rope. In fact, she has been feeling so beleaguered by this constant ringing in her ears, she won't go outside the house or even spend time with friends.

I'm out of ideas and wondering if you have any suggestions. I'm very worried about her. Thanks in advance.


05 Oct

Hello again.

Just a reminder that Imagery International will be holding its 7th annual conference on the weekend of October 30-Nov 1st at the Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA. This meeting will also celebrate the association's 20th anniversary.

This conference offers 9 CEU contact hours for RN's, LCSW's and MFT's, focusing on the practical application of guided imagery for healing and personal growth.

It's geared for (but certainly not limited to) nurses, docs, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, marriage and family counselors, addiction specialists, massotherapists, pastors, teachers, hypnotherapists, yoga trainers and somatic workers.

02 Oct

We just got this very touching note that speaks to the power of guided imagery for healing posttraumatic stress.

Now, mind you, it doesn't work for everyone – there's no one magic silver bullet for PTS. But we do get this feedback frequently enough to know that when guided imagery works, it goes deep, it changes the inner landscape, and it's a godsend.

Sometimes the impact is felt right away, as was this person's experience. For others, the effects are cumulative and more subtle, and the changes sneak up on the listener after a few weeks or even months. Either way is good.

01 Oct

Researchers from Shihezi University in China analyzed the literature and conducted a meta-analysis to compare the efficacy of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for adult posttraumatic stress disorder.

They searched Medline, PubMed, Ebsco, Proquest, and Cochrane (1989-2013) to identify relevant randomized control trials comparing EMDR and CBT for PTSD. They included 11 studies (N = 424).

Although all the studies had methodological limitations, meta-analyses for total PTSD scores revealed that EMDR was slightly superior to CBT.

30 Sep

"Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all."—Bill Clinton

This year, for Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 4-10, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has chosen the theme StigmaFree.

Each year, during the first week of October, NAMI and its participants across the country bring awareness, fight stigma, provide support for those with mental illness, educate the public and advocate for equal care. By taking the StigmaFree pledge, we are asked to:

  • Learn about mental health—educate ourselves and others

  • See the person not the illness—strive to listen, understand, tell our own story

  • Take action—spread the word, raise awareness, make a difference
29 Sep

We got this question from a man asking about guided imagery for healthy boundaries and BR replied that she inadvertently already answered that question the previous week when dealing with a query about guided imagery to help with codependency issues, because they are different faces to the same coin. See below:


Do you have any guided imagery for healthy boundaries?

Jason K.

28 Sep

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct 4-11th this year. That's a big topic, so we decided to focus on postpartum depression or PPD.

In keeping with this theme, we even asked a terrific PPD blogger named Kimberly to review our guided imagery for depression. You can find her conclusions here.

PPD can show up any time within the first couple of months after giving birth, and the CDC estimates that it hits about 15% of the population. And unlike the "baby blues", which can last a month or so, PPD goes deeper and sticks around longer.

25 Sep

To honor Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, instead of providing our usual single story, we want to point you to a whole collection of inspiring TBI survivor stories, assembled on a terrific peer website.

These honest, straightforward personal stories show the full range of types of brain injury people face, and the magnificent variety of responses to them.

As we said in our update, our heartfelt hats off to those dealing with TBI, and more power to you! We wish you the very best as you pursue your solutions and healing, using all the strength, ingenuity, persistence, resourcefulness and good humor at hand!

The HJ Team

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24 Sep

Israeli researchers from Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University studied the impact of listening to guided imagery (AGI or auditory guided imagery) on glucose levels, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), and quality of life (QOL) in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

The blinded, randomized controlled pilot study compared the effect of listening to guided imagery accompanied by background music vs. listening to the background music alone.

Thirteen children, ages 7-16 years old, were connected to a continuous glucose monitoring system for 5 days (short phase), after which the change in mean interstitial glucose concentration (IGC) was assessed as the outcome measure.

23 Sep

September iis Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month.

An eye-opener for me was learning about the many ways people sustain brain injuries. Professional athletes, boxers and veterans of military combat are high-risk for TBI, but so are high school, middle school and even elementary school athletes, infants who are shaken and victims of domestic violence.

Here at Health Journeys, we have heard from an increasing number of people seeking guided imagery resources to accompany treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many of them are practitioners who request information about Belleruth's Guided Meditation for Traumatic Brain Injury audio program for their clients.

22 Sep

This question came to us from someone in treatment for codependency issues (a kind of relationship addiction that involves compulsive caretaking, often with someone who is disabled, sick or alcoholic). She is looking for guided imagery resources that can support and complement the work she is already doing with her psychotherapist.


What do you suggest for getting help for myself with my codependency issues? Is there a particular guided imagery that would be a good addition to my therapy?


21 Sep

September is TBI or Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month. Everyone here at Health Journeys salutes those coping in one way or other with this condition.

TBI's can take many forms, from brief, mild concussion, to an injury that requires a slow, arduous recovery. Sometimes it means catastrophic impairment with no end in sight.

It takes bucket loads of fortitude, resourcefulness and energy, in the patient, family and loved ones, to manage and cope with a mid-levelTBI.