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Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal Paperback – December 27, 2005
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"Belleruth Naparstek is both a compassionate therapist and authority on the role of imagery in health. Her new book on PTSD ingeniously combines her therapeutic work with the latest brain research on how to heal from trauma. The end result is a book full of wisdom, compassion, and practical solutions that can help anyone access their inner ability to heal even from worst case scenarios. The world certainly needs this information now more than ever."--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of The Wisdom of Menopause and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
"Surgery is controlled trauma. Finally I understand why we cannot just "talk" patients back to full recovery. Here is a blue print for using the right brain to deliver health."--Mehmet Oz, M.D., author of Healing from The Heart
"Belleruth Naparstek is a treasure, deeply engaged, boundlessly energetic, visionary. Her new work on trauma is as wise as it is practical. We are all in her debt."--James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Director, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, author of Manifesto for a New Medicine
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As Prevention Magazine recently noted, Belleruth 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 American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, United Health Care, Oxford Health Plan, GlaxoSmithKline, Ortho Biotech, Roche, Abbott, Amgen, and nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.
In addition, her audio programs have been involved in over two-dozen clinical trials, with over a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, most recently for PTSD 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 sometime come in handy for teaching.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm certain that, where both physical and emotional healing are concerned, this is one of the most important and valuable books written in the last 20 years. And I'm confident that value holds whether the reader is a trauma survivor, a psychotherapist, a medical practitioner or an interested member of the general public.
Belleruth Naparstek writes with compassion about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Equally important, she explains SIMPLY and EASILY what the latest medical diagnostics reveal about how our bodies' own biochemical and psychophysical responses can lock in PTSD in ways that just talk therapy or just drug intervention can't sufficiently overcome.
Most importantly, Naparstek offers very specific information about how, and why, guided imagery can be a functional, healing intervention to support the hard work of OVERCOMING PTSD. And she provides a series of guided imagery scripts, developed through extensive work with private clients, 9/11 survivors and VA Hospital trauma groups, among others. The scripts can be used on their own, or in concert with counseling and medical intervention.
This book is GOLD! It provides a functional path through hell into healing. If I could afford to, I'd send copies to the 100 people I care about most. And to every VA Hospital, domestic violence center, homeless shelter and free clinic in America. And I'd be grateful to be able to do it.
I mainly bought "Invisible Heroes," because its title is similar to my own memoir "Heroes from the Attic," and also because this book would enlighten me about my own traumas and triumphs. And it has done so beyond my greatest expectations. I have read it, and I will continue to study it. I will do so, mainly because it has confirmed that many of my "ghosts" are not really such. They are actual physical (electro-chemical) conditions in my brain and nervous systems.
This book has also confirmed that I am very lucky and very blessed. My traumas have given me many of the special gifts, which are described in Belleruth's Chapter 16, "Surprise Blessings: Gifts in the Rubble." Now I can prove that my discernments, which "normal" people don't have, are real, and that they might consider what I will have to say. Such, as for example, "the air in this building is polluted and in the log-run will make you sick." Years in advance I have predicted that such and such persons will get cancer. And sadly they did.
Thank you, dear author, your book will make my life a lot easier.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There I was: thinking the introductory sections of the book a bit too long / mere padding / unnecessary. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andy
What a great novel to learn and grow from ten years to know the observations and interest about this is amazing to behold.Published 2 months ago by Ismael
This is a good concept for the book but I thought it could have been written in a way to be much more effective.Published 5 months ago by Vickie
Great read for anyone struggling with or working with PTSD. Check out the authors guided imagery as wellPublished 6 months ago by Tdalg
This book has a lot of helpful insight as to what PTSD is and how people can overcome it. It has helped me become more aware of what I am experiencing and how to fight back to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lynne S.
This book touched me in a personal way and helped me to shed uncomfortable feelings inside.Published 9 months ago by jbartholomew4
This a wonderful book where you get hope and way to understand the healing you will need.Published 12 months ago by Seylan
Very inspiring and easy to understand, I am extremely thankful for this bookPublished 13 months ago by MEG