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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.

Dear Belleruth,

We have had a difficult time with our 20 year old son from the beginning, and have sought help from various professional therapists since he was four.

I've never really felt we were getting anywhere with any of them. Our son knew how to act like a good therapy patient and say all the right things, but he never changed. He now blames my husband and me for his misfires and failures.

We had him tested here in Baltimore, and they confirmed much of what we already knew. He is very intelligent but there are big discrepancies in areas of functioning. We tried to get him into an intensive outpatient program for emotional help but were told he was not a good candidate because he would not cooperate.

Researchers from WellStar Health System in Atlanta GA and Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA assessed the usefulness of guided imagery in helping wean patients off mechanical ventilators.

Forty-two patients were selected from two community acute care hospitals. One hospital served as the comparison group and provided routine care (no intervention) while the other hospital provided the guided imagery intervention.

Sedation levels, sedative and analgesic volume consumption, and physiological responses were the outcomes that were measured and compared.

Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

We Know You’re Sick of This!

Hey, everyone.

I hate to add to the wheedling, seducing, shouting chorus of retailers claiming your attention with their special holiday discounts, bodacious bundles and promises of whiz-bang delivery... I really do. I'm drowning in the annoying stuff myself.

But, I gotta say it: we do happen to have just the right gifts for holiday stress time, and forever after – self-regulating and healing audio tools that quickly and easily teach people to better manage and maneuver their moods and their lives, during good times and bad.

So, check out our Friends and Family Sale to your right. Everything you need is there. And if you tend to dither, and can't decide what to pick, use our gift card!

Oh, and if you miss the cut-off date for ground shipping (that's Dec 17th, good people), we've got you covered with digital delivery.

All best,

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Hi, Belleruth,

For many years I have suffered from panic disorder and PTSD, as well as sleepless nights, anxiety and depression. All these conditions get worse with the approaching holiday season.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of Calgary studied the efficacy of light treatment, as a sole therapy and in combination with fluoxetine hydrochloride (Prozac), compared with a sham-placebo condition in adults with non-seasonal major depressive disorder (MDD).

They implemented a randomized, double-blind, placebo- and sham-controlled, 8-week trial with 122 adults (aged 19-60 years) with MDD of at least moderate severity, in outpatient psychiatry clinics in academic medical centers across Canada.

Marjorie Ingall, (author, Tablet columnist, kids' book reviewer for the NYT Book Review and all-round stand-up gal) posted this wondrous sighting on Facebook:


"Someone draped homemade scarves all over the Tompkins Square Park fences, w/ little notes attached saying 'I am not lost! I was made with you in mind! I am yours to keep. Stay warm with my hugs.' How mysterious and delightful! I love you, anonymous person! ' "

Hey, Good People!

At the office the other day, I overheard a call that Maggie took, when a weary, rushed woman started out ordering our Healthy Pregnancy & Successful Childbirth guided imagery for her pregnant daughter-in-law, and wound up 10 minutes later having taken care of her entire list of family and friends.

With Maggie's guidance, she was able to order gift bundles and audios with great specificity, targeting the individual needs of her loved ones. The last item she ordered was for her own tired self, to better manage her holiday stress. She got off the phone relieved and delighted, sending "smooches" to the staff.

I had to smile, because that call validated something all of us think around here: that we really do offer supremely useful, life-enhancing gifts are so much more meaningful, consequential and appreciated than your basic scarf or tie or box of cookies.

We got this note and a great suggestion from this man, who combined two dynamite interventions to remediate his chronic and longstanding condition of depression. Check it out – it's simple, inexpensive and effective!

Dear BR,

Thanks for the guided imagery for Depression. I have a history of anhedonia. Listening twice a day has helped considerably , reducing my mood swings. I am more even keeled now than I can remember being.

I also have a recommendation. Your imagery worked even better when I started keeping a gratitude journal alongside it. This is a great combo that has changed my life.

When I'm feeling especially crappy, I read the pages I've already written. That sets me straight in short order.

Why not carry one in your store to sell with your guided imagery? That would make a great Christmas gift if you ask me.

Thanks again,

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Researchers from Freie University in Berlin, Germany, investigated the efficacy of a cognitive behavioral internet-based intervention for war-traumatized Arab patients, to see if an e-treatment for posttraumatic stress that's been shown to be useful in western countries, has applicability to this population.

A total of 159 individuals diagnosed with PTSD participated in a parallel group randomized trial. Participants were randomly allocated by a computer-generated sequence to a treatment group (n=79) or a waiting list control group (n=80).

The treatment group received 2 weekly 45-minute cognitive behavioral interventions via the internet over a 5-week period (10 sessions in total). The primary outcome was recovery from posttraumatic stress symptoms.

We got this question from someone who ordered our Healthful Sleep imagery as a way of getting herself off medication for her chronic and longstanding insomnia. She basically wanted to know how soon before she could toss her sleeping pills out.

Hi, Belleruth,

Wanted to ask _ how long do you think I would need to listen to this Healthful Sleep CD to get any positive results. ie, not needing sleeping aids.
I will continue to take a sleeping aid initially. How long before you think I can stop, if ever?