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Dr. Oz Music Therapist Uses Her Voice, Guitar Improvisation, with Guided Imagery Script in Hospital

08 Nov

We found this heart warming report from music therapist Kate Richards Geller on the impact of guided imagery on her hospital patients. 

A year and a half ago, I worked as a music therapist in Dr. Oz's cardiac surgery unit at Columbia University, NYC.  We used your cardiac script as a guided meditation for the patients post-op.
 
It was essential that I read the script so I could adjust it to the patients in real time. My colleague improvised on guitar. It was stunning, really.
 
I use the YouTube meditation and some of your other recordings for myself personally and find them engaging and powerful.

Now we've got a young friend commissioned in a Special Forces unit in Afganistan, and I'm about to send the family your book and CD.... which made me think of looking you up on Facebook... and here you are.

Thank you for your persistence and dedicated research efforts to put Guided Imagery on the radar where it's most needed.

You've changed my life and many of the individuals that I've worked with using your work. Many went home from the hospital eager to order from your website.

Warm regards,

Kate Richards Geller MT-BC, LCAT
singforyourself.net

We followed up to find out more about her.  For starters, when we checked out her website, Sing for Yourself, we couldn’t help but be struck by her luminous face and lovely smile.

The program she alludes to was part of The Integrative Medicine Program created by Dr. Oz at New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Columbia University Medical Center.  It offers Music Therapy and Medical Massage services as part of their standard care of cardiac surgery patients.

Kate chose our Health Journeys Cardiac Rehab guided imagery script, since it was created with Dr. Oz for this very program.

She also bought CDs and invited patients to purchase them to continue the meditations when they went home. She says many did.

Toby Williams is the name of the music therapist who designed their music therapy program, and she is still there, providing that service with her own special tweaks and modifications.

Kate says that Health Journeys CDs are still available onsite to patients who wish to purchase them.

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