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March 21, 2005

21 Mar
I just got back from the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, and I’ve never seen so many therapists, counselors and shrinks in one spot. D.C.’s Omni Shoreham was bursting at the seams with over 3600 clinicians..
Hello again.

I just got back from the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, and I never thought I’d see so many therapists, counselors and shrinks in one spot. The Omni Shoreham in DC was bursting at the seams with over 3600 clinicians, their kindly faces extremely happy to see each other. Fortunately the conference was very well organized, or else it could have been a nightmare. Instead, it was fabulous.

Therapists as a whole tend to be gentle, introverted folk who spend most of their days in deep, quiet conversation with one person at a time, and in quiet contemplation of the human condition. But there’s something about the jovial, laid-back atmosphere of this conference, which felt a little bit like a camp reunion for smart grown-ups, that created a very special experience (or perhaps it was Rich Simon’s dazzling opening welcome, which included his channeling of Fred Astaire, complete with top hat and cane, singing You’re the Top. In any case, it was a great pleasure to be there, and I recommend this event highly for anyone who practices the art of psychotherapy or any other healing art, for that matter. There is also a terrific journal, The Networker, and you can find it all at http://www.psychotherapynetworker.com/.

You can find a superb, 110 hour, certificate guided imagery training at http://www.integrativeimagery.com/program_description.htm offered by Terry Reed, RN and Susan Ezra, RN, and now it’s open to other professional groups beside nurses. You can find their training calendar there too.

And if you’re looking for an interactive guided imagery practitioner in your area, click on http://www.academyforguidedimagery.com/findprac.php at the Academy for Guided Imagery’s website, and in most states, you’ll find a terrific choice of solid, certificate-trained practitioners.

Over the next few days and weeks, we’ll be adding some of our exciting, new Spring/Summer catalog resources to our site, so stay tuned. We’re delighted to welcome so many stellar practitioners, and you’ll be hearing about each one.

Okay, 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