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Therapist tells of gratitude for having tools such as imagery to offer trauma survivors

08 Sep
A traditionally trained talk therapist tells of her gratitude for having tools such as imagery, breathwork, EMDR and hypnosis to offer trauma survivors and early responders at Ground Zero…
A psychologist in private practice shares her thoughts about the power of imagery, conscious breathing, EMDR and hypnosis:

"When we suddenly had horrible, wide scale trauma on our doorstep, I was very grateful to have been exposed to techniques like guided imagery, breathwork, EMDR and hypnosis to offer survivors and early responders at Ground Zero. My talk therapy training hadn’t prepared me for 9/11. But my training in these techniques was invaluable. It gave me something to do that actually helped, and a feeling I could be resourceful and of use, where many of my colleagues were at a loss in facing such extraordinary trauma."

"It felt very good that I could help people, that I had something to offer that was shorter in duration, and that spoke directly to their complaints and body experiences. I was grateful to have something that could provide relief and didn’t make them feel like ‘head cases’."

Sarah Paley, PhD
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