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Belleruth Naparstek
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Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery audio series and author of Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, an award-winning book that explains why guided imagery is a best practice for posttraumatic stress., Naparstek’s website, features over 200 guided meditation audios that target specific physical and emotional challenges, along with other holistic resources, mind-body-spirit research findings and articles archived from the HJ blog.

Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, practiced psychotherapy for 33 years and taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.

Entries by Belleruth Naparstek

My Weight Loss Adventures in the Land of Disease-Care

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 12:10 PM

Okay, so there I was, all motivated and pumped. Heading into the grand finale of my 60th decade, I decided to reverse the steady annual weight gain I'd been accruing. I mean, this was getting ridiculous. I still saw myself as the skinny, wiry, limber younger adult I'd been. So...

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The Science Behind Guided Imagery

(16) Comments | Posted October 30, 2011 | 11:23 AM

The past 30 years have seen dramatic, exciting gains in how we use guided imagery with cancer treatment.

I remember when I was creating my first batch of audio tapes for various health challenges, back in the 80s. The only docs who would help me were the ones who...

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Who Gets Better from Combat Stress (And How)

(7) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 6:00 AM

There are several studies claiming a 70-percent improvement rate for returning warriors who are treated for combat stress with various cognitive behavioral therapies and/or prolonged exposure strategies. But this is a misleading number.

What this doesn't take into account is the fact that of those with persistent combat stress, only...

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Holiday Stress: 12 Ways To Beat It

(42) Comments | Posted December 12, 2010 | 9:23 AM

Yep, it's that time of year again, when we aspire to stay calm, sane and steady -- and maybe even have a little fun -- in the face of demands piling on at holiday time. This is my list of how to minimize the inevitable stress of the holidays.

  1. Take...
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Can Meditation Bolster Mental Health in Soldiers and Veterans?

(63) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 7:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I was in San Antonio to do resilience training with Army hospital professionals. My job was to demonstrate why guided imagery audios were an effective, portable, user-friendly, idiot-proof tool for managing stress and preventing burnout for health providers, wounded warriors and veterans alike.

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Relaxation Techniques: Unplug with Imagery: Press 'Play' and Go to Your Happy Place

(7) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 12:38 PM

Guided imagery is the lazy man's meditation (or woman's). It's a kind of deliberate, directed daydreaming, using soothing music and narrated suggestions designed to calm, empower, heal and nourish. The words and music carry you into a state of deep, coherent rest. It's a no-brainer. All you have to do...

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Note to Colleagues: Please Stop Saying Post Traumatic Stress Is Incurable

(61) Comments | Posted May 1, 2010 | 7:00 AM

A recent AP article by Sharon Cohen described posttraumatic stress as something you just have to learn to live with, because you can't recover from it. [Revolving Door of Multiple Tours Linked to PTSD] . It's a terrific article, but Cohen was misled by the mental health professionals...

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Getting Rid Of Repeating Nightmares: A Simple, Potent, New Recipe

(10) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 9:37 AM

One of the most dramatic, butt-kicking examples of an effective new treatment tool for posttraumatic stress is a simple protocol called Nightmare Reprocessing, devised by two V.A. psychologists, Edgardo Padin-Rivera and Beverly Donovan at the Louis Stokes Cleveland V.A. Medical Center.

From all indications, when this method is followed,...

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Returning Troops From Iraq And Afghanistan Are Different From Our Vietnam Vets

(37) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 10:41 AM

I was talking recently with some V.A. colleagues, who were telling me how the new vets coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan are very different from the Vietnam vets they saw decades ago.

Of course, it's a different situation in many ways. With Vietnam, the country was totally divided...

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More Troops, More Rotations, More PTSD: Will Positive Psychology Save Our Soldiers?

(12) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 8:07 AM

Recently the Department of Defense decided to introduce Positive Psychology to our active military in Iraq and Afghanistan, in hopes of reducing the incidence of PTSD.

Positive Psychology focuses on things like authenticity, productivity, creativity, altruism, gratitude and connection with community, instead of targeting symptoms and pathology. The...

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The Fort Hood Shooter Didn't Have PTSD, So Can We Please Stop Insulting People With Post-Traumatic Stress?

(18) Comments | Posted November 22, 2009 | 5:28 AM

It’s always good to see public discussion about posttraumatic stress and elevated concern for the health and welfare of our troops.  But, just between you and me, I don’t think the events at Fort Hood had anything to do with posttraumatic stress. First, because the alleged shooter didn’t have PTSD,...

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Finally Figuring Out What Helps Troops With Posttraumatic Stress

(27) Comments | Posted September 19, 2009 | 4:23 PM

We're finally figuring it out, people. Research from around the country is giving us the keys to helping our traumatized troops coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq. The only problem is, it will be at least a year - maybe two - before these studies are published.

Meantime, our...

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