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For Seniors, the Term ‘Guided Imagery’ Is More Sympatico than ‘Hypnosis’

14 Nov

We got this email from a beginning guided imagery practitioner working at a retirement home:

I am a student at a school for hypnotherapy and have contacted a retirement home to do guided imagery for residents. I am very excited to be starting my new career and have enjoyed getting my materials together for this exciting new opportunity. Books like Staying Well with Guided Imagery have been a great help to me in providing me with program material. [Ed. Note: Other books that offer fine guided imagery scripts for practitioners are Julie Lusk's two volumes, Andrew Schwartz's book and Marty Rossman's.

I want to say how very grateful I am for the available resources that are helping me launch my new career – especially at a retirement home with seniors as my clients. It is far more comfortable for them when I use the term, GUIDED IMAGERY, as opposed to calling what I do - hypnosis. Thank you for the opportunity to express my story.


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.