Dear Ms. Naperstak [sic],
About a year ago, I was going contemplating leaving my marriage (which I
eventually did) and I was very depressed. I used your guided imagery
CD which was of some help. I have since had ups and downs and right
now am quite down again. However, using the CD now actually brings me
back to last year when I was at my lowest instead of helping me. I
cannot listen to the CD without it bringing up very bad memories now.
Any suggestions? Thanks.
I'm sorry you're feeling low, but I'm grateful for the question, because
this happens to people a lot. The bad news, of course, is that you now
have a conditioned response to hearing that audio, which brings up
unpleasant memories and associations to a very bad time in your life;
but the good news is, this means you have a very strong response to
guided imagery and it's a good method for you. (We hear this most from
chemo patients, who used our imagery faithfully during their chemo
treatments and derived benefit from it, but now associate the sound of
that recording with feeling nauseated, tired, frightened and
the trick will be to use another kind of imagery, preferably with
different background music; and you may even need a different voice. So
don't even bother with the Depression imagery… it’s time to move on to
something else. Since you responded well to HJ imagery, I would try ourSelf-Confidence audio - that has different background music on it and different pacing.
Another possibility (and I know this sounds odd) would be our Weight Loss imagery. That has a very strong anti-depressive component to it and also different music as well. And the Posttraumatic Stress
imagery is another one - very different music and tone, but with a
strong emotional uplift to it. But I'd only try one of these to make
sure my voice doesn’t set you off. With different music, it probably
But if it does, I'd go to different practitioner altogether. We have so many good ones - I love Amy Weintraub's Breathe to Beat the Blues; Emmett Miller and David Illig have some terrific titles that address this as well.
Good luck and take care. I hope you feel better soon.
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