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24 Mar

Question:

Hi, I wrote to you a few years ago... about your healing trauma book and my book about fibro... I have been fine for 7 years but since late Oct. this year, I've been in a lot of pain... any suggestions would be really helpful... been a very difficult and stressful time for me and not sure what to do... the pain is very different than before... cannot lift my arms, my left leg and lower back hurt, mostly... thanks.

Sarah H.

17 Mar

Question:

Belleruth,

I tried using the guided meditation in the Healing Trauma CD and had a very uncomfortable, scary, physical experience, so I shut it off. My body went into a shut down mode when it heard the music, which was staccato-y and unlike the music I was used to hearing on some of your other CDs I've heard before, which were very relaxing.

You said early on this CD that everything on it had a purpose, so I figured there was a particular reason why you had this background music. Have you heard of this reaction before from others?
Is it set up to possibly evoke some underlying response or shift if needed for the individual? Does this mean I should not use this particular CD or go through the experience it is evoking if I feel up to it?

10 Mar

Question:

My father has suffered from dementia for years. He no longer has clarity in his mind and does not recognize me or my brother. He lives in a special care facility where he gets good care.

The staff recently told me that he was becoming more agitated and sleepless during the night. As a result, he is extremely tired and confused during the day.
Any suggestions as to what kind of tools might help him, or will nothing reach him at this point?

Thanks. Arnold

03 Mar

Dear Ms. Naperstak [sic],

About a year ago, I was going contemplating leaving my marriage (which I eventually did) and I was very depressed. I used your guided imagery CD which was helped some. I have since had ups and downs and right now am quite down again. However, using the CD now actually brings me back to last year when I was at my lowest instead of helping me. I cannot listen to the CD without it bringing up very bad memories now. Any suggestions?

Thanks.
Donald

24 Feb

Dear Belleruth,

I am a therapist working with a woman who is afraid to close her eyes. The very idea creates extreme anxiety, and therefore I cannot use meditation or guided imagery with her, even though both of us believe it could be very beneficial for her. Obviously this has to do with her traumatized past, involving childhood sexual abuse. Any suggestions?

Dr. Jim

17 Feb

We got this thought-provoking question from somebody who'd been browsing our catalog, and objected to the way we had put our guided imagery for heartbreak, abandonment and betrayal under the category for posttraumatic stress...

Hello -- love your work! Thank you.

One small quibble. I see that in the catalog your "heartbreak" material is listed under "PTSD".

I worked the recovery effort at the World Trade Center (well -- I made coffee for the guys who worked in hell and hugged them when they left hell to come to me on hell's fringes) and know a lot of people who have truly seen the worst of the worst. Some of them - unsurprisingly - have PTSD.

10 Feb

Question:

My son has been out of work for almost a year. He is a production artist. He had started working right after school and after a year they lost a client. He has had interviews but nothing so far. He loves that job. He now works part time as a cook until he finds something in his field. He went back to school for three months to learn web design. Can you suggest a CD to attract work? He will listen to it on his iPod.

Worried Mom

03 Feb

Dear BR,
I'm a member of the Integrative Medicine team at a large, progressive hospital system in suburban Chicago. We received a large grant for pediatric interventions and I've been asked to provide guided imagery for children with short and longer term health-related challenges. Was wondering if you would recommend any specific resources I might check out to enhance my Guided Imagery work with children.

Thanks!
Miranda

27 Jan

Hello,

Do you have any suggestions for guided imagery that could help someone who needs to support a dying family member?

With the case I have in mind, the person cannot be present, since he is in America and the dying beloved mother in Europe. I am wondering if you would recommend the anxiety CD from Nepasteck (sic)?

Thanks for your recommendation,

Dora

20 Jan

Dear Belleruth,

My wife has had OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) since at least 1963, along with deep depression. Though she will be in a program at UCLA and is under doctor's care, and I don't expect immediate "cures," is there anything else that might be helpful for her? And, honestly, I'm not all that hopeful about holistic medicine, but I feel we have to try all avenues.

Thank you.
Jose M.

Dear Jose,

I'm guessing that some segments of the program your wife will be participating in at UCLA will provide selected mind-body training in relaxation, along with medication (probably from the class of drugs called SSRI's, such as Zoloft, Prozac, etc), cognitive-behavioral techniques, psycho-education and possibly group support – all of which can be extremely helpful over time.

You are wise to gear yourself not to expect a "silver bullet" that yields an instant cure – lasting positive changes tend to be incremental over time, not quick fixes. But if she sticks with the program, I think it's fair to say you both will see results.