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Archive for May, 2012

Podcast March 2012: Belleruth Naparstek, LISW

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The topic of our March Podcast with Belleruth Naparstek is Guided Imagery and Military Applications.  Belleruth, 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.

Belleruth Naparstek

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

Tune in for the free webinar coming up this Wednesday evening May 30 – part of NICABM’s new series on the Treatment of Trauma.

Ruth Buczynksi will be interviewing me on why guided imagery is so effective for remediating the symptoms of posttraumatic stress, and what I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) about dumb things we therapists do when working with already skittish service members and veterans – mostly because of our naivete about the incongruities between civilian and military culture (norms, language, even humor to some extent)… most of which can be fixed with a little time, care, information and thought. The video is free if you watch it at the time of the broadcast.


Robotic Arm Controlled by Mind

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Paralyzed Woman Gets Robotic Arm She Controls with her Mind
By Linda Carroll contributor
updated 5/16/2012 1:07:05 PM ET

The stroke that disconnected Cathy Hutchinson’s brain from her body has kept her silent and unable to move for more than 14 years. But science is starting to change all that.

Researchers have connected the 58-year-old woman’s brain to a computer that runs a robotic arm. As Hutchinson sits at a table staring at a bottled drink and imagining the robot grabbing the bottle and bringing it to her mouth, the robot arm begins to move.

To read the rest of this riveting story click here

Glenda Cedarleaf moves to North Carolina

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Dear Community,

Glenda Cedarleaf

After 8 years in Minnesota, Glenda Cedarleaf has relocated her hypnotherapy practice back to North Carolina. She sees clients in her North Raleigh office and at Hillsborough Yoga and Healing Arts. She also provides telephone and Skype healing imagery sessions.

In late February Glenda gathered with a wonderful group of artists, teachers, healers, therapists to be trained as a a SoulCollage®facilitator. SoulCollage® is a process birthed by author, therapist, and sage woman Seena Frost.
This powerful process is a wonderful deepening and reinforcing companion to the journey of guided imagery. Glenda is excited about weaving these two creative adventures together in client sessions and future retreats.

To see her latest Newsletter for Mother’s Day click here.

Mothering Ourselves

“You have to find a mother inside yourself.
We all do.
Even if we already have a mother,
we still have to find this part of ourselves inside.”

~ Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees


II Monthly e-Newsletter

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Susan Gold


New board member Susan Gold is creator and editor of our brand new monthly e-mail newsletter.  Her first one is published and is first to announces our upcoming 4th annual conference speakers and topics.  Susan says each future issue will feature an interview with one of our speakers.  Other time sensitive information with hot links will be included such as notice when ImagiNews is available.

Registration for the conference will be announced soon.  Conference dates are October 5-7, 2012 at Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you wish to receive the newsletter you can send a request to

Susan Gold is a fiction writer, teacher, and hypnotherapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an M.A. degree in creative writing and specializes in using hypnosis and guided imagery to help writers and artists overcome blocks, reconnect with their creativity, and develop discipline in their craft. Please visit her website: