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  1. We Love Nurses! Always Have, Always Will. Here’s Your Thank You Gift!

    We Love Nurses! Always Have, Always Will. Here’s Your Thank You Gift!

    Hello!  Belleruth Naparstek here – clinical social worker and founder of Health Journeys.  We’ve been producing and distributing evidence-based, psychologically sophisticated and medically accurate guided imagery and meditation audios by foremost leaders in the mind-body field since 1991, when (trust me) it was not such a cool thing to be doing the way it is now. 

    Anyway, I’m here to say:  This, People, is Nurse Appreciation Month!

    Now. Let it be known that we’ve always been nuts about nurses, every month of the year; and for years we’ve celebrated Nurses in May.  So, it’s wonderful that the rest of the world has noticed the amazingness of nurses and is applauding what they do for the rest of us - with historic, unfettered enthusiasm and appreciation - thanks to their all-in response to caring for people slammed by this vicious virus, but – just sayin’ – nursing greatness is not news to us, and we’re no fly-by-night fans. 

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  2. Simple Meditation Techniques Outperform Standard V.A. Trauma Therapies in 2 Recent Randomized Controlled Research Studies

    Simple Meditation Techniques Outperform Standard V.A. Trauma Therapies in 2 Recent Randomized Controlled Research Studies

    Recent studies are clarifying and refining what works best for reducing the severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms in our Veterans, turning long-held assumptions upside down.

    Two recent studies find that general meditation training (ie, practices that do not focus on specific traumas, but instead serve as all-round resilience and self-regulation training) can do a way better job at reducing symptoms than what for years was touted at the V.A. as preferred therapies: Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) and Present-Centered Therapy (PCT).

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  3. A Review of Jim Gordon's New Book, The Transformation

    A Review of Jim Gordon's New Book, The Transformation

    I just finished Jim Gordon’s new book, The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing after Trauma, and I liked it so much, I want to tell you about it.

    It’s filled with what I value most: clear, practical, doable, and universal healing tools for survivors of traumatic events. His descriptions and instructions are so simple and cogent, readers can replicate them, whether they’re trauma survivors themselves or clinicians working with survivors, or, as is so often the case, both.

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  4. Kids Taking Control - the Ultimate Antidote to the Helplessness of PTS

    Kids Taking Control - the Ultimate Antidote to the Helplessness of PTS

     

    The central insult of posttraumatic stress is the sense of helplessness it engenders. Powerlessness is the thread that runs through every traumatized response, whether it’s from a car accident, family violence, a hurricane, or a school massacre…

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  5. Which HJ Audio Program Contains a Special Military Introduction?

    Which HJ Audio Program Contains a Special Military Introduction?

    How do I get the guided imagery for PTSD that has the military-friendly language that Soldiers can relate to – you played it for the docs at the U of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine…

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  6. Imagery Launches Healing from Distorted, Punitive, Childhood Church Indoctrination

    Imagery Launches Healing from Distorted, Punitive, Childhood Church Indoctrination

    Annette from Virginia tells this story demonstrating how guided imagery can open doors to deep healing, even from the oldest emotional and spiritual wounds. The impact, as we know, is cumulative with repeated listening. Here is her story, in her own words, with a few edits.

    "For my whole life, I have dealt with a genetic disorder that killed half my family.  I was at a point of being depressed, angry and convinced that life is just unfair and hopeless for some people. I didn't think there was any point meditating.

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  7. Guided Imagery for PTS Was Essential to Her Recovery from Childhood Abuse

    Guided Imagery for PTS Was Essential to Her Recovery from Childhood Abuse

    This note was posted on our website last week. We get a lot of these, and we are grateful for each and every one, including the critical feedback that tells us what wasn’t so helpful. But there was something about this post that was especially heartening and encouraging – and important for other survivors to see. Please have a look. We’re showing it verbatim, exactly as it was written on our page for our Guided Imagery for the Three Stages of Healing Trauma: Nine Meditations for Posttraumatic Stress.

    We also want to thank G.S. for this eloquent testimonial to the power of guided imagery. Her words mean a lot to us.

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  8. Meta-Analysis Shows Benefits of Hypnotherapy on PTS Symptoms

    Meta-Analysis Shows Benefits of Hypnotherapy on PTS Symptoms

    Investigators from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University, Fresno campus conducted a meta-analysis to determine the efficacy of hypnotherapy techniques in reducing symptoms of posttraumatic stress.

    Altogether, 81 studies were reviewed for inclusion criteria. Only the outcomes of six studies representing 391 participants met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed for this report. 

    Evaluation of effect sizes related to the PTS cluster symptoms of avoidance and intrusion, in addition to overall PTSD scores after hypnotherapy treatment, revealed that all studies showed hypnotherapy to have a positive impact on PTSD symptoms.

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  9. What Treatment Combo Helped This Survivor of Childhood Abuse Stop Dissociating?

    What Treatment Combo Helped This Survivor of Childhood Abuse Stop Dissociating?

    This is a wonderful example of one woman’s healing from posttraumatic stress and the dissociation that usually comes with early childhood abuse, with the help of some very trauma specific guided imagery, used in conjunction with a deeply relaxing and healing biofield technique called Healing Touch. (This combination was also found to be effective in healing PTS symptoms in combat-traumatized Marines at Camp Pendleton).

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  10. How to Recover from Growing Up in an Intrusive, Enmeshed Family

    How to Recover from Growing Up in an Intrusive, Enmeshed Family

    Ted asks an important question about which guided meditation might help him recover from the impact of intense parental enmeshment, something he was subjected to when he was growing up.  

    Enmeshment is a family therapy term used to describe an over-involved, intrusive way of parenting, where the parents don’t know where they end and their child begins. So they tend to interfere with their kids’ autonomy, speaking for them, thinking for them, and acting for them. They are also insistent on knowing way too much about what their children are thinking, feeling and doing, and they often tell their kids way too much about themselves as well. The kids grow up confused about their own boundaries, and as adults recreate this situation with others.

    Its polar opposite is the parenting style of detachment, and that has its own set of problems. Both are extremes.

    Here is Ted’s question:

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