Monthly Archives: February 2009
Mary T. Sise, LCSW, D.CEP, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology. In addition to being traditionally trained and an adjunct professor at Siena College, she integrates Energy Psychology into her private practice in Albany, New York. She is the Past-President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).
Researchers from the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School reviewed the evidence on the efficacy of biofeedback for the two most prevalent headache conditions--migraine and tension-type headache.
Two recently published meta-analyses yielded data from 150 outcome studies - randomized controlled trials as well as uncontrolled quasi-experimental designs. Of these, 94 studies were selected for inclusion, going by predefined criteria. Meta-analytic integrations were carried out separately for the two conditions of interest.
Posted: February 20, 2009Categories: Inspiring Story
This whole, awesome TBI (traumatic brain injury) web blog is an inspiring story in and of itself. Put together by someone who’s dealing with it every day, it’s designed to inspire, educate and assist any of the 5.8 million people (and growing fast every day) affected directly by TBI, plus their families, docs and therapists. And it does - a very good thing, too, because until recently, very little was known about TBI, even though the incidence has been growing exponentially, thanks to sports injuries, domestic abuse, auto accidents, bombs and IED’s – improvised explosive devices.
Posted: February 20, 2009Categories: Update from Health Journeys
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure (and those of you who already have and want more), that gifted, multi-talented guided imagery pioneer, the golden-voiced Emmett Miller MD, will be doing an all day workshop on Awakening the Healer Within in San Mateo, CA on April 4; and in Portland, OR on August 1st. You can find the details of this very special offering here.
There’s an impressive price break – only $99 - if you register before March 1st. After that, it goes up to the regular price of $125. The all-day learning/healing experience, sponsored by Jan Adrian’s crackerjack organization, Healing Journeys, offers continuing education credits and work-study scholarships. If you can make it, you won’t be disappointed!
Hi there. I heard your interview on New Dimensions Radio and it really rang true that I have had issues with post traumatic stress. I was witness to a suicide bomb in Jerusalem a few years ago. I think that my jaw clenching, irritable bowel syndrome and possibly my quasi-addiction to pot are related to this incident. What CDs would you recommend? Likewise, I just wanted to thank you for your work.
We gratefully received this very touching and beautiful posting on the blog last week, when so many of you responded to the question of the week being asked. It speaks to the power of imagery and affirmation to heal trauma – in this case, particularly the longstanding numbness. It reaches places that talking and thinking just can’t go, because of where traumatic memories are stored in the brain. That’s why we need imagery!
Jennifer Strauss PhD and her team at Duke Medical Center & the Durham V.A.M.C. have conducted one survey and 3 studies assessing SMART (Self-Management Audio for Recovery from Trauma) on soldiers and veterans with posttraumatic stress. The results have exceeded expectations, and compare with far more expensive, time-consuming, and hard-to-implement best practices currently in use for PTSD.
Posted: February 13, 2009Categories: Update from Health Journeys
We continue to see truly exciting results from Dr. Jennifer Strauss’ research, investigating the impact of self-regulation & guided imagery downloads on returning soldiers suffering from posttraumatic stress. She’s on her fourth investigation (all of which are summarized in this week’s Hot Research) and it just keeps getting better and better, the more she refines and tweaks the imagery protocol, based on feedback from the earlier studies. So far, she’s found similar results with Vietnam vets, women suffering military sexual trauma and returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat stress.
What is meant at the end of Affirmations about being safe? Usually I would think of something like a protective bubble around me. If you’re in Gaza what does safe mean? Unemployed, what does it mean? Safe conveys to me the idea of no harm. Explanation, please.*
* The writer is refering to the controversial line, “I know I am held in the hands of God and I am perfectly, utterly safe.”
Researchers from Cardiff University in Wales performed a systematic review of RCTs (randomized, controlled trials) of various psychological treatments for PTSD. The study looked at trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy/exposure therapy (TFCBT); stress management (SM – this is where guided imagery would mostly fit); supportive therapy; non-directive counseling; psychodynamic therapy; hypnotherapy; group cognitive behavioural therapy; and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
Thirty-three studies wound up qualifying for inclusion in the review. There was no significant difference between TFCBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and SM (stress management) – both did significantly better than wait-list controls and than the other therapies. EMDR also did significantly better.