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02 Oct

Dear Belleruth and Health Journeys,

I have been an ER Nurse for over 20 years.  We are currently seeing a dramatic rise in patients coming through the door with injuries due to domestic violence.  A colleague suggested it might be connected to increased unemployment or maybe other factors in the larger, societal picture, but whatever the reason, it’s increasing a lot. 

Emerson P., ER RN

25 Sep

In looking for quick and effective treatment for PTS for returning service members, Scripps Hospital Center for Integrative Medicine, in conjunction with Camp Pendleton and the Samueli Institute, conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether a complementary medicine intervention (Healing Touch with Guided Imagery [HT+GI]) reduced PTSD symptoms, as compared to treatment as usual (TAU) with returning combat-exposed active duty Marines with significant symptoms of posttraumatic stress.

Active duty military (n = 123) were randomized to 6 sessions (within 3 weeks) of either Healing Touch plus Guided Imagery (Healing Trauma by Belleruth Naparstek) or Treatment as Usual.  Outcomes measured were PTSD symptoms (the PCL – i.e., the PTSD Check List) and depression (Beck Depression Inventory), quality of life (SF-36), and hostility (Cook–Medley Hostility Inventory).

20 Aug

Hi BR...

I had learned from you about, and then found, the opportunity to take the  Dr Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor/Leader Course with Dr. K as my Master Trainer.  It was and continues to be a life changin' experience! 

I don't have arthritis, tho' I do have creaky knees from ski injuries and my original born-with em' knock knees.  Wore corrective shoes all during grade school...hated the d....  things. 

My docs promised me that someday I would understand and be glad and that day came for sure! 

I actually took the training for my work on stress and focus.  I now know it has been another piece of my healing from PTS and on so many levels. 


20 Aug


Dear BR and HJ,

I’m trying to help my friend who had significant childhood abuse, who nightly dreams about either his job or bits of his childhood traumas. He is fully functional at work - is a genius, in fact - and nothing I suggest to get some work-free, trauma-free sleep, works.

He hates the Healthy Sleep CD's - he said the tone drives him batty.  He cannot abide reading a calm book.  He says he reads all day technical documents, so why would he want to read prior to bedtime?

He skips caffeine & spicy foods prior to bedtime.  Sleep aids, such as pills & potions, do not work.  I don't think in the 40 years I have known him, has he ever had a restful night.

I also know my brothers have similar problems in not responding well to self-guided imagery, yet I adore all of Belleruth's tapes/CD's and Dr. Andy Weil's - they help me!!  So I surmised that this reaction to imagery is a male patterned response of some kind, which it seems UTAS at Tasmania has reinforced.

Now, if you have any ideas on how I can help my brothers and friend to obtain some restful sleep, I'm all ears {and eyes!}.

The friend now has high blood pressure, with pills, diabetes, and I suspect not getting a restful sleep contributes to that metabolic syndrome. I've given him lavender sachets and he knows to have no light in the bedroom.

Are there any relaxing CD's here geared primarily for males? Any ideas?

06 Aug

Researchers from the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia looked at differential responses in men and women to cognitive behavior therapy for posttraumatic stress (PTSD).

Fifty-two men and 56 women diagnosed with PTSD participated in randomized controlled trials of cognitive behavior therapy. Participants were randomly assigned to either (a) exposure-only therapy (Ex) or (b) exposure-based treatment combined with cognitive restructuring (ExCR).

There were no significant differences between men and women in treatment response immediately after treatment in either Ex (Exposure Only) or ExCR (Exposure with Cognitive Restructuring).  At 6-month follow-up, however, the men displayed significantly more severe PTSD symptoms in the Ex group, as compared with women in the Ex group, and compared with either men or women in the ExCR conditions.

30 Jul


Dear Belleruth,

I have a young friend, age 12 and going into middle school, in Aurora, Colorado. Like other kids there, the movie theater near her home and other parts of her everyday life are now associated with a terrible and traumatizing event.

She's also had some pretty big losses in her life this year, including her dad's death.

I'm looking for the right cd to help help her find calm and strength in light of the emotions these deaths are sure to stir up. I fear the cd for kids 5-12 may be too young for her, and the Shambala tape for teens may focus on too many issues. What would you recommend for her?

While I'm at it, I'd like to send friends in Aurora tapes appropriate for younger kids and for adults. Could you give me a list of tools that will be helpful for kids and their parents, folks who were witnesses to the shooting or know someone who was?

Even though I no longer live there, I definitely felt the trauma from a distance, and have been listening to your Relaxation and Wellness tape to prevent the feeling of helplessness from setting in. I'm grateful these tools are available!


16 Jul

I would like to purchase the best CD for my client - female 25 years old who is for the first time embarking upon processing her PTSD with EMDR and Rapid Eye Movement.  For the last 3 years she has been developing coping skills, lives in a group home, and works in a sheltered workshop.  Once every 3 months or so, she exhibits very aggressive and primitive outbursts, which require staff and police restraint.  

I am wondering which CD would teach her to really create an inner locus of control, a safe place, while she slowly releases her trauma of her childhood abuse through EDMR and Rapid Eye movement.  We, her professional team, are very concerned for her safety and for the well-being of those around her.


09 Jul


Dear Belleruth,

I seem to remember reading an article about your progress in getting the DoD to use GI (guided imagery) with returning soldiers.  I cannot find it on your website.  Would you mind sending me the link?  

If I am misremembering, would you please let me know the status of your efforts in convincing the DOD to utilize GI, etc. ?  Thank you for all you do!  


02 Jul


I have been in "recovery" for over 25 years. I was diagnosed with DID (MPD) about 4 years ago and was given Belleruth's CD on trauma. I am wondering if there are additional materials that could help me sort through this. The trauma CD has been helpful, but wanted to make sure I wasn't missing anything. I have used the affirmations previously, but started the guided imagery and am excited about the changes I am feeling.

Also, I recently started living closer to my daughter and was wondering if it's appropriate to tell her. She is very perceptive and I believe she has some idea. I am concerned about how and if to discuss it with her. I understand the diagnosis and would be able to share details with her and possibly suggest some reading that would shed more light on the subject.

Hope this isn't too much to ask. I am not employed right now so unable to consult a therapist.

Thank you in advance.


28 May

This comment from a clinician working with offenders in prison showed up on the customer review section of our Healing Trauma page.  

It actually doesn’t surprise us that guided imagery is well received in prisons and penitentiaries, and we’ve heard this again and again.  After all, how else are prisoners – most of whom, as the therapist says, suffer from posttraumatic stress -  going to “get out of jail free” if not through the power of their imagination?