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June 9, 2008

06 Jun
New Guided Imagery Programs for Returning Troops & Families at Fort Knox

A super-productive social worker at Ft. Knox starts myriad guided imagery programs for returning troops, including a Natural Sleep Clinic, Pain Management...
We recently got this wonderful note from LeAnne Bruce, a dedicated social worker at Fort Knox, who’s bursting with good ideas for returning soldiers and their families. She and her colleagues have initiated a guided imagery program (among other things). Here is what she writes:
Ease Pain Hello
I just wanted to let you know that we were able to order several titles of your CD''s in bulk for our soldiers. Currently, we are using them in therapy sessions and workshops and helping them learn how to use them effectively. And, and we are making them available to them in a Lending Library Fashion (there are now 300+ soldiers in our Warrior Transition Unit!) We are also going to implement a class in guided imagery for all incoming soldiers. (We have Ease Pain plus Stress Hardiness Optimization, Depression, Trauma, Sleep and General Wellness)

I just did a Pain Management Seminar this evening in which the Ease Pain CD was well received! Next week I am starting a Natural Sleep Clinic. So many of our soldiers are on a great deal of sleep meds and are frustrated because they are not working.
Your CD''s are wonderful and healing and a tremendous asset to our efforts to help these soldiers heal physically, mentally and emotionally. It is heartwarming to see them really relax - even if only for a brief period of time.
In your travels, if you ever get a chance to stop by Fort Knox and meet the soldiers you are helping to heal, we would be very proud to arrange a tour.
Thank you and bless you for all that you do.

LeAnne says she would like for others to think about using these techniques with this population, and wouldn''t mind hearing from other professionals who might be interested in discussing this. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other bases that have gotten on the guided imagery bandwagon: Fort Leonard Wood, West Point, Walter Reed, Quantico, Camp Pendleton, Maxwell Airforce Base, Fort Carson, Landstuhl Medical Center and others.

UnStuck: Seven-Stage Journey I want to make sure to mention a terrific, new book: Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression by Jim Gordon MD, the visionary pioneer who heads the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington D.C. With this book, Jim has managed to do for people suffering from depression what he’s pulled off for those with cancer and PTSD. A practical, impactful applications mavin, Jim puts forth some ingenious ways to apply integrative healing methods to the foggy landscape of depression. Just as with his Cancer Guide Training Program and his Global Trauma Relief initiatives, he deploys CAM therapies and cutting edge nutritional info to empower people to reverse the effects of what ails them.

OK, take care and be well,
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