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Guided Imagery Helps College Students with Anxiety

19 Aug

BR got this note from the mom of a college sophomore at The University of Chicago, who suffers from anxiety but who was very skeptical of guided imagery as a self-regulation solution for her troubles.

Hi, Belleruth,

I learned so much from attending your workshop on Healing Trauma in Bethesda a few weeks ago! Thank you for an interesting, information-packed presentation. Little did I know that shortly after this workshop I would get my 19-year-old daughter to try your imagery. Over Thanksgiving she was home from the University of Chicago where she is a sophomore. Where she goes to college probably tells you what kind of person she is--smart, driven, perfectionistic, etc. etc.

She is thriving at The U of C, but has struggled with anxiety since her high school years. Over Thanksgiving she actually talked to me about when and how she experiences the anxiety and I (not for the 1st time) suggested she try some guided imagery. I''m so glad you have all those studies accessible on your website, because she is a scientist and skeptical! She took the Relieve Stress CDs back to school with her.

One evening I get a call. She''s eating dinner with 2 of her friends and the three of them had listened to the CD during the exam reading period and were raving about how great it was! I kept thinking they were pulling my leg, but I eventually concluded they were sincere.

Of course when I asked her a few days later whether she was listening regularly, the response was that she didn''t have time! I hope she gets into a habit of listening at least once a day when the new quarter starts in January. And I am giving her friends their own copies of your Stress CD!

I have this fantasy of your imagery being somehow being subliminally piped into the dorm or the library!

Anyway, thought you''d like to know that there may be a whole untapped market out there among stressed out college students!

[Editor’s note: The University of Chicago was BR’s alma mater too. She wants your daughter to know that she too loved her education there, but found the exciting, intellectually stimulating, super-brainy atmosphere to be saturated with anxiety 40 years ago, too!]

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