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Podcast March 2012: Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek discusses Military Applications Using Guided Imagery with Susan Ezra.

Belleruth Naparstek

Belleruth Naparstek, the author of Invisible Heroes, discusses with host Susan Ezra why Guided Imagery is the treatment of choice for Post Traumatic Stress, combat stress, military sexual trauma and sleep disturbances among issues veterans have difficulty.

As Prevention Magazine recently noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health bureaucracies, by persuading institutions like Aetna U.S. Healthcare, the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, The American Red Cross, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plans, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, social service agencies, health spas and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in several instances free of charge to clients.

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery innovator Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular, Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. To find research on Guided Imagery and other topics mentioned visit her website

Belleruth is giving a day-long practicum on posttraumatic stress for mental health and health professionals at Grace and Growth Counseling Center, hosted at Mercer University in Atlanta on April 20th.

The workshop will review what the field has come to know about posttraumatic stress over the past dozen or so years and why guided imagery is a best-practice approach for treating it.  I’ll summarize the relevant clinical research and discuss ways to introduce imagery into a clinical practice, whether that be with individuals, couples, families or groups.

I’ll demonstrate several kinds of effective imagery and go over practical do’s and don’ts, gathered over the years from the combined wisdom of hundreds of practitioners and their clients.  I’ll also be talking about other imagery-based techniques and discussing special considerations when dealing with military-related stress, something we’ve been doing a lot of lately over here at Health Journeys.

If you want to learn more about this, click here or contact Mary Ellen Hughes at or 678-235-3911.

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