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A friend asks a question for another friend - an angry 15-year-old who self-injures - if there is an

25 May
A friend asks a question for another friend - an angry 15-year-old who self-injures - if there is any guided imagery that might be of help to her, and BR makes some suggestions..
Dear Belleruth,
I have a friend who self-injures (cuts herself). She has had to deal with a lot of rejection and abandonment issues, and has difficulty dealing with her anger. Is there a tape you would suggest? She is fifteen.
Thanks.
Tony T.


Tony,
It sounds like your friend could use a good therapist and/or support group, but as for imagery, I would recommend our Relaxation & Wellness CD and also our Anger & Forgiveness audio, as well as the Healing Trauma (PTSD) CD.

It’s quite possible she has posttraumatic stress if she self-injures. Judith Herman describes this better than anyone, in her classic book on the subject, Trauma and Recovery. I hope she can find a therapist who is sophisticated and knowledgeable about the latest methods for treating PTSD.

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