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Traumatic Brain Injury Imagery Done at Last!!

20 Aug

Hooray!  O frabjous day, callooh callay!  The guided imagery for Traumatic Brain Injury is done at last.  We have it available, even as I speak, in download format, and hard copy CDs will be in the warehouse by mid-September, if not sooner.  (You can pre-order them now though, if you like.)

It feels good to have finally delivered this overdue baby, after so many, many interruptions and roadblocks in this interminable pregnancy!   We’ve already had various Marine and Army providers asking about where the heck they are.  And I suspect these will be welcome in sports venues and rehab units, too.  Spread the word, please!   We need to get more resources of all kinds out there for TBI, including this one.

This particular guided imagery was designed with the help of scores of TBI survivors and their family and health care providers – I interviewed a lot of terrific people about this incredibly frustrating type of injury and they were more than forthcoming – they were gracious and delighted to help.  A big thank you to everyone!  You know who you are!!  

What I learned was what a diverse and complicated condition this is, and how it presents itself in so many ways – from mild, temporary symptoms to some really debilitating impacts.  

As a result, this imagery targets a wide range of symptoms - headache, issues with coordination, balance, memory, concentration, word retrieval, fatigue, and sensitivity to light, noise and touch.  It also aims at reaching common psychological and emotional effects, like mood swings, depression and agitation; and hopefully there are images and messages in there to instill hope and inspire a return of confidence and self-esteem, because they can take a real beating from TBI.

It comes with affirmations, of course, and on this program, the imagery is segmented more than usual – there are subtle ID markers that define each section of the imagery narrative, and the listener can go directly to his or her favorite part. We wanted to allow for brief listening intervals for those who get too fidgety or distracted to listen for a full 25 minutes.

Anyway, there it is.  It’s done.  I’m glad.  Thanks for your patience, those of you who were waiting overlong.

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