We handed off this question about a 10-yr-old boy’s extreme separation anxiety to none other than nationally known child psychologist, Charlotte Reznick, PhD, a widely respected authority on such matters. Dr. Charlotte wrote the bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination, teaches and lectures, writes for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, and creates guided imagery audios for children, some of which we proudly carry in our catalog.
Dr. Charlotte offers some really smart suggestions to this concerned father. Read on!
I’m a geriatric nursing supervisor who works in a nursing home where we are constantly dealing with confused elderly, who are awake all night and sleep most of the day away. I would like to try some new tools. My daughter suggested guided imagery for sleep or agitation. Do you have any suggestions on what audio program would work best for those in various types and stages of dementia? Does a technique like guided imagery have any influence over a compromised brain?
Corinne wonders about her inability to fall back to sleep once she’s been awakened at 2 am to visit the bathroom, and wonders what it means and what she can do about it. She worries this means she has an underlying health problem...
We got this question from a man in a high-pressure job, who asked if we have any guided meditations to help him with his anger and “impulsive blurting out” of unkind words. His goal is to stop and think before speaking and train himself to become a respectful listener and nicer person. Pretty impressive. Here it is...
Anything on anger? May blurt out an unkind word or something so stupid. Want to learn to be extremely nice and very respectful, To stop and think before I say anything.
We got a query about our Dialysis Guided Imagery from a PhD nurse and health manager representing a large health system that delivers hemodialysis treatment. It was a good occasion to go over how we research our guided imagery to ensure we’re giving accurate information, delivered in a clinically and emotionally sensitive way. It’s a lot of front-loaded work, but always essential to do. Here it is.
We got this question from Alissa, who lives with a chronic sense of worry and fear. She wonders what resources might help her gather up her courage and muster her mojo to get beyond this. Her therapist suggested guided imagery. Check it out:
We got this question from Judith, who is having a high degree of post-election anxiety, including symptoms of chest tightness, face numbness and jaw pain. Her doc has diagnosed her with anxiety, and her usual coping tools aren’t working. We try to address what she can do.
Laura asks Belleruth about guided meditation for high blood pressure, hoping there is some guided imagery that could make it possible for her to reduce her intake of medication, with all the unpleasant side effects.
Do you have a meditation for high blood pressure? I am on too many meds for it, with unpleasant side effects ,and do believe it can be managed somewhat by meditation, visualization, etc. Thank you!
Ted asks an important question about which guided meditation might help him recover from the impact of intense parental enmeshment, something he was subjected to when he was growing up.
Enmeshment is a family therapy term used to describe an over-involved, intrusive way of parenting, where the parents don’t know where they end and their child begins. So they tend to interfere with their kids’ autonomy, speaking for them, thinking for them, and acting for them. They are also insistent on knowing way too much about what their children are thinking, feeling and doing, and they often tell their kids way too much about themselves as well. The kids grow up confused about their own boundaries, and as adults recreate this situation with others.
Its polar opposite is the parenting style of detachment, and that has its own set of problems. Both are extremes.
Here is Ted’s question:
A devout Christian wants to develop her intuitive side more, but is leery of guided imagery and concerned it may conflict with her Christian faith. She asks Belleruth for clarification on this issue. Here is the question and the answer.
I am interested in working with your intuition guided imagery to help me develop my intuitive side, which I feel is very strong. However, I wonder if there is material on these exercises that conflicts with Christianity.