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Guided Imagery a Life-Changer for Childhood Sexual Abuse, Decades Later

15 Apr

This beautiful note got our attention at the office over the weekend.  Sometimes with longstanding childhood sexual abuse (not always but frequently enough)  guided imagery is just the added ingredient that’s needed in therapy to seal the deal on healing.  This is one of those times.

I'm a 52 year old married woman with two grown daughters and one grandson.

I am currently working with a therapist who recommended guided imagery. I now own about 8 CDs and I don’t think I would have survived my severe Conversion Disorder/Dissociative Amnesia if she hadn't recommended them  I listen to each CD twice a day.  The impact they've had on my life is PROFOUND.
 

My story dates back to when I was under two years old.  I lived in a family with two extremely violent and mentally ill parents.  I'm the youngest of six.  I was diagnosed with 20 illnesses over the years, including Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, Tourette's Syndrome and Dysphasia, to name a few. The condition I now have is I'm post-menopausal.   

I've spent thousands of dollars on doctor visits, medications, 8 MRI's, invasive testing, ER visits, which averaged once a month - sometimes twice a month.  Nobody knew what was really wrong with me.  

When I started therapy, my therapist did brain spotting with me and EDMR, and with that method combined with the guided imagery, I feel as though I awoke from a coma, a feeling of suspended animation after 52 years.  

I hardly recognize myself!  I love the life I have as a result.  

The guided imagery is priceless.  That and the music has helped me far beyond anything I ever imagined.  When I listen to the CD's now, I am COMPLETELY relaxed instantly.  Before, I couldn't even figure out how to get into my bed, write my own name, remember who I was or where I was.  Many times I was inches away from suicide.  

My therapist and I have succeeded in curing those horrific memories which include witnessing bloody violence when I was a baby.  I was also molested by two of my brothers, raped at age 35, and I had to deal with a mother who was severely mentally disabled until she died at age 80.  

I can't stress enough to you how much of a positive impact the imagery has had on my life.  There's not a day that goes by that I don’t mention how thankful I am for the guided imagery.  I've also memorized many affirmations from different CD's.  

I apologize for the longwinded email but I feel like I won the lottery because of the CDs, and I needed to share this with you.  Please keep up the good work because the imagery helps people like nothing else could.  

Kay from New Jersey

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