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Belleruth Naparstek

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.

We got this happy note last week. In it, Kristie describes how she used selected segments of our Help with Fertility imagery along with acupuncture specifically designed for boosting conception. Now she's contentedly listening to the Pregnancy (please link) imagery!

Hi Belleruth and thank you!!

I listened to the Help with Fertility guided imagery while trying to get pregnant, and I totally believe that it helped!

It took us 6 months of actively trying to conceive, and I found the conception track and the affirmations track very comforting throughout the process.

I purchased the MP3 album after a couple of months of acupuncture (weekly at first and then in the first two weeks of my cycle), and then I would listen to the conception track almost nightly as I fell asleep in bed at night. I would listen to the affirmations one in the car on my way to work when I needed a pick-me-up.

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.


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?



Hello, again. Hard to believe Valentine's Day has snuck up on us once again, but there you have it – it's mid-February and the hype about chocolates and flowers is festooning every drug store, supermarket and big box store we find ourselves in.

So, maybe you might want to consider guided imagery as a terrific Valentine's Day gift. Because it offers some very unique and effective ways to improve, build, strengthen and repair relationships – and what could be more important than that?

We got this wonderful note from someone who had suffered a lifetime of hyper-vigilant sleeplessness, due to a traumatic childhood, replete with surprise, nighttime attacks by a deranged, liquor-fueled parent. Not everyone experiences a "miracle cure" for their insomnia with guided imagery like this, but you'd be surprised how many times we hear from people who actually do! Here it is:

Dear Belleruth,

I wanted to thank you from my heart for your sleep CD. I wrote you a few years ago, mentioning that I was deeply traumatized and under great stress. I was using drugs to make me sleep, and had bizarre sleepwalking issues as a result, and my mood problems seemed to be worsening. There were some psychotic breaks. At that extreme point I began to use your sleep CD.

I stopped ingesting the chemicals as well during this period, using the CD nightly.

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:



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 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.


Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of the prevalence of PTSD symptoms in critical illness survivors. Other goals were to identify risk factors and any successful strategies to prevent or treat the acquisition of PTSD in critical illness survivors.

The search identified 2,817 titles/abstracts, with 40 eligible articles on 36 unique cohorts (n = 4,260 patients).

The Impact of Event Scale was the most common posttraumatic stress disorder instrument.

Okay, folks! Sincere thanks for all the enlightening commentary re the phrase, "Friends with Benefits". It was a great discussion, and taught me (and those of my ilk... Ilk, you know who you are!!) a thing or two about generational differences, in the most unexpected places. I mean, really - who knew??

For those of you who are not up to speed on this brou-ha-ha, check out last week's update or the HJ page on Facebook.

So, I bow to the majority sentiment. I thank all my co-workers and friends and colleagues who knew better.

And I invite you to keep your eyes peeled this week for the (TA-DAH!)....

Health Journeys Download GO-GO Sale!!

...meaning, of course, the GIVE ONE, GET ONE sale.

As originally discussed, you'll be able to give a Health Journeys guided imagery download, and then get your own (of equal or lesser value), free.

You get rewarded for being a sport. What could be better? So stay tuned.... We should be up and running with this by mid-week.

Take care and be well!

All best,

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Ms Naparstek, your guided meditation for depression has helped to improve my mental and physical health, improved my sleep, and eased suffering and struggle with my seasonal depression.

In conjunction with talk therapy, my once or twice daily listening has enabled me to decrease my medication by 20%. I also sleep in longer cycles, and have shortened the depth and length of my cycle of depression.

Repeated use has enabled me to switch your voice and words on in my head, in order to decrease my anxiety when it begins and before it takes over my focus.

Thank you doesn't express my gratitude.

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!


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,


Researchers from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where they love web-based mental health tools, evaluated the effectiveness of a web-based program for preventing GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) symptoms in young adults, and to determine the role of telephone and email reminders.

They conducted a 5-arm randomized controlled trial with 558 internet users from the community, with 6- and 12-month follow-up.