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A Therapist Wants Her Client to Stay Awake while Listening to Imagery…

17 Feb


Dear Belleruth,

I have a client who falls asleep almost immediately upon beginning to listen to your CD's. She was born and raised in Germany. And, when she was a child, her parents would play cassette stories for her to fall asleep to.

Could this be conditioning or some other issue?

How can she be assisted in being able to stay awake and take advantage of your guided imagery cd's?

Thank you


Dear Joan,

The good news is, your client can take advantage of the imagery even if she drops into a sound sleep every time she listens.  In fact, many of my colleagues would argue that the imagery will go in deeper and get absorbed better if she's sleeping - those lovely, slow, super-receptive theta and delta brain wave frequencies, engendered by a nice snooze, are just the ticket.  So don't worry about that and don't try to change it.

If, however, your client is interested in knowing (consciously) what's on the audio, she can listen while taking a stroll or standing up, leaning against a wall.

But it's not necessary.

It turns out there are a lot of people who just can’t be relaxed and awake at the same time. So they fall asleep the second they relax.  In your client’s case, this could also be conditioning from childhood.  Lucky her!  A lot of people have trouble falling asleep! 

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award