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08 Nov

Question:

Hi, Belleruth! I hope this finds you well.

Yesterday, I went to the ER with what turned out to be my first kidney stone... but (according to the CT scan) probably not my last.

I'm curious about using guided imagery for the pain (beyond endurance) and inflammation—but also to ease and enable the passing of kidney stones through the urinary system.

01 Nov

Dear Belleruth,

I recently completed several hundred hours of training and now have my hypnotherapist certification. However, I am suddenly lacking any confidence in using what I've learned.

I have my website up, etc., and cannot seem to put together a session even for my brother, who is recovering from chemotherapy.

I want to cry - I learned so much and yet I am struggling to believe it. I think I am a natural at this and, during my studies, I worked with many people who thought my work was good.

This is just a huge lapse - as though I've fallen off a cliff.

Please help - and thanks, and blessings. Your work is amazing and helpful.

Amy

25 Oct

A man who attended BR’s guided imagery workshop on trauma, heartbreak and forgiveness, sponsored by the Center for Pastoral Care in McLean, Virginia, wants to know if there is some sort of calendar listing or other way to track similar learning opportunities.

18 Oct

We got this question from someone who attended the awesome Healing Beyond Borders conference. 

She’d had an uncomfortable response to a guided imagery experience that I’d introduced to the whole room. Where most everyone had a positive, healing, sometimes deeply moving experience, she “came back” from the altered state cranky, irritable and troubled. She wonders what that was all about and how to deal with it.

11 Oct

A depressed paramedic who has experienced multiple traumatic events, from an abusive mother in childhood through an abusive wife in adulthood, wonders what guided imagery he should listen to first.

We make some suggestions, but also suggest some counseling or joining a support group for releasing some repeating patterns with abusive relationships . Read on:

04 Oct

We got this unusual question from a naturopath about her husband, who has a rare condition called hyperacusis. He hears everything much louder than normal, due to a glitch in the cerebral cortex. She wonders how then he can listen to guided imagery and which one. Check it out.

Question:

My husband has an unusual condition called Hyperacusis. He hears everything much louder than normal and always has a loud noise in his brain. The doctors say it actually is a brain condition in the cerebral cortex. It has affected his nervous system. There is more on hyperacusis.net.

My question is, could the PTSD guided imagery possibly help. He can not use headphones but might be able to listen at an extremely low volume. I just don't know which CD to purchase for this. I am a naturopath and have been using your techniques for many years with clients. Your input will be greatly appreciated

27 Sep

We got this unusual, very interesting question from one of our readers, and thought we’d share it.  She knows she turns people off in social situations, but doesn’t know why or how to stop it and start doing something else.  Check it out.

Question:

Dear BR,

I feel like I’m the opposite of the introverted, socially avoidant person who sidesteps rejection by shying away from people. I’m so outgoing, I turn people off by over-talking and thrusting myself into the middle of everything.

How can I moderate my need to be with people with more subtle, acceptable behavior? I’m in my forties. Is it too late?

Louisa

20 Sep

A health educator who leads group guided meditations at a non-profit wellness center, reports that he has not received any formal training in mind-body approaches, and mainly just “wings it”. He wants to know where he can learn more about guided imagery. He writes:

I heard your keynote at a conference and was impressed with the whole idea of guided imagery exercises. I work as a health educator in a non-profit wellness center and have been leading group guided meditations.I have found some resources and done some reading, but mainly I just wing-it. 

13 Sep

Sometimes a complicated question deserves a complicated answer. And sometimes what a person appears to be asking is just the tip of the iceberg and not what she’s really concerned about.

And finally, sometimes, it actually helps to be an experienced therapist to know the difference. This wonderful question comes from a therapist herself, who is bravely moving forward with her life, in spite of a lot of trauma, pain and injury.  Read on!

06 Sep

A woman wonders whether we have guided imagery for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a challenging condition that she’s been dealing with for decades. She also asks for her eighteen-year-old son, who also suffers from OCD, anxiety, fears & phobias, etc.

Question:

Do you have a CD for OCD?

I suffer from it, as does my 18 year old son. Over the years, I have gotten relief through medication and CBT. [Ed. Note: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy], but I am always looking for additional tools. 

My son has had a more difficult time than I. He was less successful with CBT. I am especially interested in finding something for him. 

Thank you for whatever feedback you have for us.

Penny