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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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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.
But I also agree that there is way too much triggering material, which I think should be reduced in a future edition or placed at the end of the book. There are so many accounts of horrible experiences interwoven into the text that it's hard to avoid them. So I recommend the book for the information and support but would warn trauma survivors to approach it with caution. If you're really in immediate crisis, you might want to avoid it completely.
Like others, I also have reservations about the imagery exercises. My partner and I got a bit swept up in hopefulness about their efficacy and splurged on several of the CDs. But, as is actually clear from the versions in the book, they overlap a lot, so I'd advise anyone who wants to try them to just buy one or two. I'd also suggest first really checking out from the book whether you actually like Naparstek's imagery. My partner found it somewhat helpful for a while. For me, it really didn't land, and I think some of the problems I had might be shared by other survivors. For example, attempts to relax can be triggering; it might simply be impossible to really imagine and absorb sensations of a "safe place"; we might not have memories of loving presences to call on, or they might be too complex to be soothing, or just trigger grief at their loss. I suppose Naparstek is using a formula that has helped a good number of people, and "one size fits all" is bound to leave some folks out. ( On the other hand, I also found the number of "safe place" options in each exercise very distracting.Read more ›
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Excellent resource, for the text about trauma, and the guided visualizations.Published 3 months ago by HomeInVT
It is a great book for those suffering from PTSD, It helped me a great deal. Thank you KathyPublished 4 months ago by Kathy Neilson
I have loved and listened to Belleruth and her guided visualizations for YEARS. As a therapist, I use guided imagery in my support groups and with individual clients. Read morePublished 6 months ago by KWM
There I was: thinking the introductory sections of the book a bit too long / mere padding / unnecessary. Read morePublished 8 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 9 months ago by Ishmael
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 11 months ago by Vickie
Great read for anyone struggling with or working with PTSD. Check out the authors guided imagery as wellPublished 12 months ago by Tdalg