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Shoutout for Mayo Clinic, Early Adopter of Guided Imagery

24 Jun

We recently got a spate of new orders for our Menopause, Surgery and Grief imagery, thanks to an article from the Mayo Clinic blog about the importance of mourning the loss of a woman’s breasts after a mastectomy.  Mayo has been way ahead of the curve as an early and strong supporter of guided imagery in general and our resources in particular, and we salute them for it. They have their general information about imagery here.

Oh, and remember “Franny”, the multiply traumatized client I featured in my last book, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal?  With her permission, I used “Franny” as an example of how not to do therapy with someone suffering from posttraumatic stress.

Well, I just heard from her, and posted her email message on this week’s Inspiring Story page.  The subject line of her email was: From Franny, Who Is No More.  Check it out if you have the time, especially if you’re a therapist or a trauma survivor.  She’s truly an inspiration.

She offers the best kind of reminder that people really can get beyond the worst kind of PTSD, in spite of clumsy work by a well-meaning but misguided therapist (that would be moi).

I also want to point to this week’s Hot Research, because it’s a pretty big deal.  We’ve abstracted the first study to establish a direct relationship between post treatment symptom change for social anxiety and changes in the receptor binding of Dopamine D2, a marker of brain neurotransmission. This is a pretty big deal, these results.  Ain’t PET scans just the best?

And finally, I want to tell you about a wonderful women’s support organization I was privileged and delighted to speak to this past weekend, down in Milford, Ohio, where they host their annual retreat.



This is a privately established group of about 80 women cancer survivors, who prefer to call themselves Cancer Thrivers, and who focus on health, wellness and personal growth, choosing to use their experience to further develop their courage, authenticity, gratitude and willingness to be more present in their own lives. Awesome!  They call themselves The Noble Circle Project: A Community of Women Thriving Beyond Cancer. Their website is http://www.noblecircle.org.

Okay, that’s enough for now.  Take care and be well!

All best,



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