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A woman suffering from PTSD who has recently been introduced to guided imagery, has to switch thera

06 Sep
A woman suffering from PTSD who has recently been introduced to guided imagery, has to switch therapists and wonders aloud if she’s ever going to get better and enjoy her life again..

Hello, I am using a variety of your tapes for PTSD and the persistent anxiety and fear that goes with this. I am not medicated (right after my husband died suddenly in his sleep, I was medicated for about 6 years, and just got sicker and experienced no relief, so I am very cautious about this alternative).

My therapist recently closed her practice, and I have noticed the increase of anxiety as I make the move to a new person. The new therpist introduced me to your work and tapes and I love the peace I get for 20 minutes. I keep your affirmations on a good part of my evenings and I have been noticing that I feel more anxious when I am not listenening to the tapes.

It feels as if I am swinging sharply from one extreme to another. My body has been rigid in not getting rid of weight and reestablishing tone that I had before my body hit the wall a few years ago. I am feeling frustrated, wondering when things will shift, when will my energy come back, my body come back, etc. I am tired of the work and know there is no real option except to keep trying. Is this a forever process? Will I reclaim a life, feel good about myself again and have some self esteem?
Thank you, Janet

Post Message:

Hi, Janet.
It sounds like you''ve had a rough time of it but your perseverance and courage have stood you in good stead. It''s hard to let go of a therapist and get used to a new one - even when the new one turns out to be helpful and adds fresh perspective. (Perhaps people should switch every six years anyway, regardless, as a matter of policy??).

I guess all I can advise is for you to be patient, hang in there, and let the process unfold. Increased frustration and discomfort is sometimes indicative of strong changes on the way. And those feelings of hopelessness and discouragement are really nothing but fear and worry, disguised as "Oh, what''s the point anyway?". I don''t blame you for being sick and tired of the whole business, but, yes, you certainly can reclaim your life, feel good about yourself again and recapture your self-esteem. Those 20 minutes of feeling good after the guided imagery can grow to take over more and more of your life. Take good care and write in 6 months or so and let me know how it''s going.
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