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29 Mar

We got this query from a therapist looking for resources for ADHD. He didn't specify the age group he was working with, so we gave him a range of suggestions that covered all the bases. We also reminded him that recent research shows that any steady practice of mindfulness meditation has been found to help with this.

Dear Belleruth,

I am a clinical social worker in private practice. My question: do you offer a product that is specific for ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder).

Best,

Ray M, LCSW

22 Mar

Question:

Do you have guided imagery for weight loss and/or positive body image? Or can you recommend one?

Thanks.
Philomena

Hello, Philomena.

Yes, absolutely. Best for weight loss, if I do say so myself, is our HJ Weight Loss imagery - it doubled weight loss in a controlled study at Canyon Ranch.

15 Mar

Question:

Dear Belleruth,

I have a new client who was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition about 10 years ago. He's determined not to let his disease own him and is doing everything to beat it. He decided to add Meditative Massage to his regimen of therapies. [Ed. Note:This is a program where the client's choice of a Health Journeys guided imagery audio is played during the massage – in this case he chose the guided imagery to help with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

While as much as he liked the topic, he admitted to having trouble focusing until it was almost over. We'll be working together soon and I'd like to help him get more out of his session next time. What would you suggest?

As always, thank you for all that you do.

Hannah, LMT

08 Mar

We got the perfect question from Mario, who wants to know which guided imagery to use for his problems with separation anxiety and attachment, and this gives BR an excuse to launch into her favorite topic of blankies, Teddy Bears & thumbs, and why guided imagery is a child's natural solution for finding autonomy from Mommy.

Question:

Hello Belleruth. I have just listened to your interview on Guy McPherson's Trauma Therapist Podcast. Fantastic!

I'm 31 years old and am planning to attend Social Work graduate school next year. I have been working with my own issues of anxious attachment, in therapy and meditation for quite some time.

01 Mar

A chemo patient likes the affirmations on the guided imagery program she listens to during her infusions, but wonders what is meant by the statement, "I know I can heal myself and live or I can heal myself and die: my physical condition is not an indication of my wholeness", and BR explains what she meant by it.

Question:

I have finally found the perfect affirmations for me, just one thing I am confused about In your Chemo disc, you say you can heal yourself and live or heal yourself and die......would you kindly explain what you mean by 'heal yourself and die'?

23 Feb

We got this query from the friend of a woman about to begin months of intensive chemotherapy. The friend who wrote felt she had benefited greatly from guided imagery during her own bout with cancer, so she wanted her friend to have the same experience. But her friend has severe hearing loss. She wondered how an audio intervention could possibly work.

Question:

First of all, thank you. When I went through chemotherapy, your meditation CDs were a lifesaver (or at least a sleep-saver). My oncology rehab program used them at the end of our exercise sessions, and after a few weeks, my brain was trained to get sleepy when I started the recording.

Now I have a friend about to enter intensive, months' long treatment, and I'd like her to have the same benefit. However, she has severe hearing loss, only hearing with the help of an implant -- and as a result, I suspect that something that is mostly auditory would not be relaxing for her.

16 Feb

We got this question from a Mom dealing with multiple stresses from all directions. She's a cancer survivor herself, with a disabled adult son who finds changes in routine difficult, and a husband probably facing bone marrow transplantation ....

Question:

Do you hve any materials for parents of children with disabilities? My adult son has a severe genetic disorder and his father is in chemo for multiple myeloma. The chemo appears to be working well at this point.

As you can imagine, my son is wonderful, but he cannot understand the implications or be part of a support system. As a bone marrow transplant becomes more and more a reality, I need to reassure him that things will be OK, but different.

My son has a chromosomal disorder. He is verbal, extremely intelligent, does basic math in his head, has an incredible memory and a dry sense of humor. He is the highest producing employee at his sheltered workshop and a joy to be with. Verbalizing feelings is very difficult for him, as are changes in routine.

I myself am a breast cancer survivor in my early 70's.

Thanks. Dorrie

09 Feb

We got this excellent question from a woman who suffered nightmares from being in an abusive relationship for 12 years. As her question indicates, it's often a very good idea to use guided imagery to boost and deepen the healing from a protocol like the one she's about to embark on with her therapist: called Nightmare Reprocessing or Imagery Rehearsal Therapy.

Question:

Hi Belleruth I am about to start nightmare reprocessing with my therapist for nightmares I have suffered from for 12 years relating to a severely abusive relationship. Which guided imagery CD would you recommend I use for this process?

Thanks....

Sally

02 Feb

We got this terrific question about which guided imagery to use, when you can only afford a couple of the CDs, for complex trauma from longstanding childhood abuse and beyond, into adulthood. The good news is, there's a relevant freebie on our Subscribe page that is the perfect meditation to start with... Read on, Dear Reader:

Question:

Hi-

I was looking at your guided imagery CDs and thinking about purchasing one but I have a question first.

Would either of the CDs for healing trauma work for complex ptsd? Trauma endured over a long period of time...in my case in childhood and beyond as opposed to having been in combat as a member of the military.

And if the answer is yes about either CD, which of the two do you think would be more beneficial?

I would also like to get the one for Heartbreak, Abandonment and Betrayal. So for cost purposes in my situation, I was thinking of getting the lesser expensive one for trauma so I could afford to also get the one for Abandonment etc as my trauma entailed much heartbreak abandonment and betrayal.

Input and advice is welcome however.

Thank you.

Peace,
Linda

26 Jan

We got this query from a woman who has benefited from guided imagery herself, and wonders if she can use it to help her dog heal, too. She asks if we have guided imagery for pets, or, if she plays a program for humans, should she adjust the sound, or focus on her dog as it plays, or do anything else differently....

We love this question. We get it a lot. We also get lots of wonderful pictures of dogs and cats chilling out to guided imagery, just like the one shown below. Read on, animal lovers!

Question:

Mrs. Bellruth (sic),

Thank you very much for your healing audios. I used them myself for some health situations. They are awesome!!!

I have few questions. How can I use guided imagery to heal my pet? Do I play the audio so my Dog can hear it?

Or should I play it for me but thinking on my dog?

Do you have guided imagery for pets?

Again, thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.

From Mexico City,

Norma