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Healing Trauma: Guided Imagery for Posttraumatic Stress (Health Journeys) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook

ISBN-13: 978-1881405238 ISBN-10: 1881405230 Edition: Abridged

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Product Details

  • Series: Health Journeys
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Health Journeys; Abridged edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881405230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881405238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


I've listened to Belleruth's PTSD guided imagery and affirmation almost the entire duration of my 4 1/2 years of therapy to help me overcome the effects of childhood sexual abuse. My therapist recommended this audio CD to me and I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful it is. I found it an indispensable part of my therapy and a VERY wonderful and powerful tool. Considering the cost of therapy against the cost of this MP3, it's ridiculously affordable. Thank you Belleruth for your voice and your healing words it is one of the truest and steadfast friends I've ever met. Friends for life, in fact. (Reprint from Health Journeys website April, 2012) --Eugene

Thank you so much for this CD. The guided imagery was a companion to me through the awakening memories of long-suppressed trauma, and helped me to gradually and safely bring things that I had forgotten up to where they could be processed and dealt with. The affirmations continue to be a source of great strength for me ... in some of my lowest moments, I have heard your voice saying "I know that I am held in the hands of God and I am perfectly, utterly safe." At this, I cannot help but smile, even through my tears, as I know that it is true. Thank you for helping bring such healing to my world. (Reprinted from Health Journeys website October 2011) --Lonna

I was cut off from my friends and family and subjected to years of mental, sexual, psychological and physical abuse, imprisonment and torture by a monster who played the part of an upstanding member of society in public. It took me a few tries to even get past the first minute or so--I felt like I didn't want ANYONE telling me what to do, think, or feel, since that's what had happened to me in the situation I'd been in. But once I relaxed and trusted Belleruth's CD enough to listen to the whole thing, the results were -- and continue to be -- profoundly healing and life-changing. I can't recommend this highly enough. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Belleruth. (Reprinted from Health Journeys website May 2011) --Lotus

About the Author

Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, BCD Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner) is a widely used primer on imagery and healing. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper Collins) has been translated into 9 languages and called one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated looks at imagery and intuition. 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 and was released in paperback January of 2006. Highlighted in the 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade . As Prevention Magazine noted, she has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Veteran s Administration, the U.S. Dept of Defense, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, scores of pharmas and nearly 2000 hospitals and recovery centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in many instances free of charge to recipients. Recently she has been developing military-friendly resources with the help of the U.S. Army and the Ft. Sill Resiliency Center, and DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence) has declared guided imagery one of their Twelve Promising Practices. Her audio programs have been involved in over two dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for military sexual trauma and combat stress at Duke University Medical Center/Durham Veterans Administration Hospital. Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She also did a brief stint as a musical comedy actress at Second City and The Tip Top Tap of the Allerton Hotel in Chicago, and says that her musical comedy skills sometimes come in handy for teaching.

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Belleruth Naparstek is a practicing psychotherapist, author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery and Invisible Heroes, and creator of the bestselling Health Journeys guided imagery audiotapes.

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This doubter has been converted...try the cd out, but be ready for some strong feelings.
I've listened to this CD before, and wanted one for my collection.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By L. Paul on January 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this CD at a workshop on weight management. The leader of the group played it without much preface, so I didn't know what to expect. The music is completely mesmerizing and so right for the healing of a broken heart. I actually had a physical sensation of constriction dropping away from around my heart, and tears came to my eyes. I've never had a guided meditation CD with such a powerful impact.

I highly recommend it to anybody seeking to strengthen their connection to their heart energy. I've tried her other CDs, but this is by far the best. Also would make a great present for somebody healing from heart trauma of any kind (surgery, broken relationship or other disappointments).
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Anne Dunlap on March 19, 2005
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Belleruth's Healing Trauma tape shows incredible respect for the listener. With a soothing musical score in the background, she first coaches the listener through some breathing exercises, walks the listener through an inventory of how the listener is feeling, and then ever so gently invites the listener to explore the terrain of one's heart. The language is exquisite, the descriptions graphic, the journey incredible; she does all this without reflecting for even one moment on the specific trauma the listener experienced. In reflecting on the tape after listening to it, I was amazed by her ability to identify and evoke the emotions of trauma that likely exist for most everyone who has experienced post-traumatic stress.

For me, the gift of this tape -- and perhaps guided imagery in general -- is its ability to reach beneath the intellect to allow the emotional self the release it needs. I can see where use of this tape too close to the time a traumatic event occurs might not be helpful, as the experience will be raw and the listener might not be able to let go and simply concentrate on the imagery. But, at the point in time when the listener is ready, the power of this tape may transform the listener's life. Although a listener may feel momentarily drained if the tape leads to a considerable release of emotions, the tape isn't work in a way that leaves the listener uncomfortable; instead, the listener feels whole, and the affirmations on the last half of the tape bring this point home.

One small point; when I first listened to the tape, I found Belleruth's voice a bit rough. I mention this in case you have a similar reaction; after listening to the tape a few times, I was familiar with Belleruth's distinct voice and found it calming.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Burnett on September 27, 2005
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I have purchased several of Belleruth Naparstek's guided imagery series and found them all to be very effective, but this particular one really blew me away. There are similar threads that run through most of the previous ones I've listened to, and some of these are repeated here, but this imagery took me on a wonderful journey through my emotions and released pain and healed trauma I didn't even realize I was holding onto. The music is perfect for this journey, the imagery is very powerful and moving, and I highly recommend this experience for anyone with emotional scars from the past...even if you don't think PTSD affects you. I wasn't sure whether it was appropriate for me before I listened to it, but it turned out to be a perfect way to heal some of the traumas I've been through in my life. I find myself really looking forward to listening to it every night, and gain new insights each time.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Mahany on July 7, 2000
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I had searched and purchased several guided imagery tapes or CD's to help heal my past traumas and diagnosed PTSD. None of them touched me as much as Belleruth Naparstek's cd, 'Healing Trauma.' Belleruth takes you though your traumas using imagery. Using your imagination, you are accompanied by a comforting force as you look at the devastation, but also in looking, you are healing. Her voice comforts and gives a feeling of safety. The music score is perfectly designed for each one of her CD's and is designed especially for the topic of the Cd. In looking at the results of your traumas (graphically), you also find small parts of yourself that still shine with beauty. And each time you listen to her tapes or Cd's, you see more and more of the parts of you that survived your traumas and you feel stronger, mentally healthier and more peace within. I can't say enough about how her work has helped heal me. She is truly talented and caring. You will not be disappointed with this Cd.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Therapist on May 23, 2006
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I'm a therapist and a PTSD survivor. I just received the CD last night and heard it before bed and again this morning. I was not prepared for the profound and immediate effect this CD had on me, it is really the best I have ever heard. I feel calmer and less frantic today. I feel more willing to respect my pain so I can heal and release it. I know I can take care of myself and relax into my healing. I am deeply grateful for Belleruth's work and I feel hopeful that I will recover and thrive. Thank you!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mary Vilcheck on April 26, 2001
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This audio journey is delightful. I own several of her tapes and so was hopeful this would be new and different. My hopes were honored! At first listening, I was amazing, pleased, and impressed that the imagery was innovative, different from her other work, and even fun. Importantly, it provides a safe place for paced exploration. I was left wanting to go back again. I was also left with a sense of being reintroduced to myself - and remembering the strong and great ME that still exists, even after troubles. This is a hopeful audio tape that I have recommended to my clients. I work as a psychotherapist. Go ahead, treat yourself; you will move toward hope and healing.
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