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An Update from “Franny”, Who Is No More….

24 Jun

Remember “Franny”, the pseudonym for the client I featured in my last book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal?  I used her as an example of how not to do therapy with someone suffering from posttraumatic stress. Franny was a big part of my enlightenment as a therapist.

Well, she just emailed me. The subject line she used was: From Franny, Who Is No More.  It’s a great reminder that people really can get past the worst kind of PTSD, in spite of the clumsiest beginnings of their therapy by well-meaning but clueless therapists (that would be moi back in the late 80’s).  If you’re a therapist or client, I recommend you read on.

Dear Belleruth,

It has been more than 8 years since I left Cleveland and began a new life in one of the most beautiful places on earth.  I thought I had completed my healing journey when I left, but found that more and more, my learning and healing have taken me to new heights.

As a snake sheds it's skin, I have left the powerless victim behind. I have control over my life and my decisions, and know that my ego exists and is even stronger.

Going from feeling no control over my life for decades to making life happen has been truly enlightening. The vast ocean is a metaphor for the power over me in the past with me a little cork bobbing up and down at its mercy.  But now that little cork has equal value to the ocean. So, if the ocean is a superhero, so am I because I am equal in value, but maybe not power. I now have (feel) loyalty, integrity, morality toward myself!

My life has been, shall I say, wonderful and full now for 9 years, and since I have grown older, I also feel more grown up.

This has been a very different adventure for me, with my past in the distance, no longer conjuring up the demons that almost consumed me.  I always have thanks for your work with me, as you were a catalyst in my quest to thrive.

I find my life taking a different shift. now. I am drawn toward how to serve others, and am going to training in Heart Centered Hypnotherapy. The power that can heal can take many shapes and that I am doing this is a testament to that power.

My strength can now be a beacon to others. The future looks pretty good from where I stand, and I am off to a new adventure.


… And to Franny-Who-Is-No-More, we say, Rock on!
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