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Can TBI Imagery Help with Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, M.S.?

27 Aug

We’ve gotten half a dozen questions like this one in the last week alone, so we figured we’d best post this question and answer this question from a program manager of a Kingston, Ontario agency that provides community-based services to adults with brain injury:

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

Thank you for your efforts with producing a guided imagery for TBI.  I am a Program Manager in Kingston, Ontario, providing community-based services to adults affected by brain injury. I have been an admirer of your work for many years and have been pleased with your more recent focus on brain injury.
 
You may remember I had hoped to have you come to Kingston for a conference on TBI, particularly from military service. Unfortunately, the government funding did not come through and we had to cancel your engagement. I still hope this can happen some day.

My question to you is about the TBI guided imagery. Do you think it would also be helpful to people with acquired brain injury? Our referral base is about 50% TBI and 50% ABI with the causes of ABI being infection, tumours, and stroke (with diffuse effects).

Thank you,

Deirdre

Answer:

Hey, Deirdre, you're at least the 5th person to ask me this, so you're definitely on to something.  Thanks for the query and the kind words, too. 

The answer is yes, this imagery is suitable for Acquired Brain Injury as well as stroke and other insults to brain functioning, and can serve as a nice complement to our stroke imagery.  It also can be helpful for many symptoms resulting from Parkinson's and M.S.

I do remember that Kingston conference that almost happened.  Who knows, perhaps it's in the cards some time in the future.
 
Good luck and very best wishes with the work you do.

Belleruth

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