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Imagery for Grief & Anger Helps Vets from WWII to Present

19 Oct

This comment about the impact of guided imagery was posted by an Iraq veteran with PTS, and it means a lot to all of us here in the office.  Getting this kind of considered feedback makes us feel like we’re helping – among many others - to make a dent in the suffering generated by all the ugliness our troops endure while doing their service.  She writes:

A few years ago, I was deployed to Iraq with the Armed Forces.  During my deployment, I saw and was involved in many things that still haunt me.

With this Guided Imagery for PTSD, [plus] one on one and group counseling, I have been able to cope better with my trauma.

On the first occasion that I first heard Belleruth Naperstak's imagery to release grief and anger, I was awestruck on how deeply it touched me and fellow soldiers. Although, the real difference that captured my attention was that I was grouped in a group of all men, WWII, Korean and Vietnam era veterans. These were tough-minded, successful, men.  At the end of this guided imagery, they were all crying because this had struck them at the heart, just as it did for me. The relief on their faces, I imagine, was just the same as mine.

So, in a nutshell, while this is not the cure-all, it is a very good, effective tool that I often use.

Many thanks for your efforts and talents that without, I wouldn't know what a moment of peace within myself would be.....I'm sure I would have gotten there, but your GI was so powerful. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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