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May 16, 2005

16 May
We just heard from Spirituality and Health Magazine that Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal got chosen as one of the 50 best spiritual books of 2004..
Hello, all.
Well, we just heard from Spirituality and Health Magazine that Invisible Heroes got chosen as one of the 50 best spiritual books of 2004 - their only pick in the health category. We’re grateful for the acknowledgement and encourage you to visit their newly redesigned website at http://www.spiritualityhealth.com/newsh/items/home/item_216.html . Fred and Mary Ann Brussat, the ones who make these annual picks for the magazine, somehow manage to plow through and review a prodigious number of mind-body-spirit (emphasis on spirit) books and movies - how they do it is anybody’s guess. You can find hundreds of spiritually-focused reviews on the site.

I see that more and more clinical trauma studies and meta-analyses are beginning to agree with my assertion in Invisible Heroes, that traditional talk therapy is not the most viable approach for healing, but rather the various self-soothing and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I’ve always said the key element is imagery in all of them, because it sidesteps the booby traps and dead-ends of language and cognition, and works with other parts of the brain that are more available to the trauma survivor. It’s exciting to see the hard evidence mount up to support that claim.

This week I’ll be in Chicago at the FACES conference, speaking on imagery and trauma. You can find the brochure at http://www.facesconferences.com/conferences/Chicago0505/agenda.html . I’m also looking forward to seeing some of you on June 10th at my all day workshop on imagery, intuition and trauma at Siena College, outside of Albany, NY. Come join us - you can click on http://www.integrativepsy.com/events-albany-01.asp to register.

And mid-summer I’ll be keynoting the legendary National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The brochure for this July 9-14 event is at http://www.nationalwellness.org/TheConference2k4/index.php.

Our new catalog is now printed, and should be reaching you shortly. Thanks for your patience. It’s a lot bigger and more wide-ranging, and it took us a little longer than we thought to get it organized. But we all feel it was worth the wait - lots of wonderful new resources for you to check out, and some fantastic new practitioners.

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