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What One Session Will Get You, the Weird Nature of Traumatic Stress, and More…

03 Mar

This week’s Ask Belleruth, submitted for a friend whose health and well-being apparently fell apart after what turned out to be a cardiac scare, highlights some key points about traumatic stress that may be useful for some to know.  

Sometimes it explains some baffling goings-on for some people.  Because, even though this person wound up not having suffered a heart attack after all, she was horribly scared, and that’s what can create the conditions for posttraumatic stress – the scare and the response generated by our built-in survival mechanisms.  

The Hot Research for this week illuminates a simple point, seems to me – that for smoking cessation, a single group session of anything – whether it’s relaxation or hypnosis - isn’t going to get a whole lot of traction.

I think the study findings reveal more about that, as opposed to which method would work better. (I’d still vote for hypnosis, but cheesh, give it at least 3 sessions, people!)

I thought it worth mentioning that our new Focus and Finish Kit is flying off the shelves around here.  This kit combines Traci Stein’s popular and much praised Overcoming Procrastination imagery with my new Concentration, Focus & Learning imagery, and we’re getting some great, Five Star feedback, thank you very much!

Okay, 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