Just a quick question: I have been listening to your guided imagery program for post-traumatic stress. Am I supposed to actively picture all this stuff, or is it like hypnosis where I just sit back and relax and "not try" and am basically hypnotized by it?
I have been using it basically like hypnosis, even to the point where I don't remember any of it and open my eyes right at the second you tell me to.
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BR, got any suggestions for nausea/vomiting from morning sickness during pregnancy? I could use some.
I suffered two big traumatic experiences at a very young age. My father died when I was two, my mother when I was eight.
My brother & I went to live with my mom's sister, my aunt & my uncle. For the most part, it was a good experience, although she was young & having children of her own. I quickly became the babysitter, maid, nanny, as she worked part time.
Jealousy set in as I was in high school and was more involved in sports & school events and a boyfriend. I married early and have a wonderful marriage and 3 great boys of my own now - the twins are seniors.
My aunt & uncle divorced about 4 years ago and my aunt wanted me to take her side. During that time she blew up at me and one of the many harsh things she said to me was that she only raised me because "My mom didn't have enough guts to stick around & raise me herself".
I am an EMDR therapist [Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing]. I am thinking that using alternating bilateral stimulation during a guided imagery session would intensify positive affect.
Any experience or research to support this idea? Whatís your opinion?
John McCardle PhD.
Iím not yet aware of any research on this, but Iíve heard from many therapists, especially those treating posttraumatic stress, that this is a great idea. Bilateral tapping on alternating knees (or with arms crossed in a butterfly hug, tapping the upper arms on alternating sides) seems to increase the positive impact of each therapy in a lovely synergistic way.
We got this question from a mother who is wondering what her daughter with bipolar illness might safely listen to on the way to and from work, to help her handle anxiety and stress, coming and going.
Hi, Bellaruth, [Ed note: Itís spelled Belleruth and pronounced Bell-roothí, with the accent on the second syllable].
I recently attended the AADE conference in Philadelphia and had the pleasure of attending your talk. I found it to be most enlightening.
I am in the process of selecting a piece for each of my children. I have one that is diagnosed with bi polar and struggles with lots of anxiety and stress related issues. She has a long commute to and from work. Do you have a recommendation for something that would be safe as well as helpful for her to listen to while driving?
We got this question from a diabetes educator who attended the annual meeting in Philadelphia this past August, where Belleruth gave a keynote.
This meeting is attended by Certified Diabetes Educators, Nurse Practitioners, RNís, Endocrinologists, Pharmacists, Nutritionists and Dieticians, not to mention Psychologists, Social Workers and Family Medicine Docs.
In her talk, BR provided the latest research showing the awesome impact of mind-body methods on blood glucose, hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, blood pressure, neuropathy, motivation for increased self-care. She also offered tips for successfully introducing guided imagery to someone with diabetes.
One of the most exciting new things: the conference is sending to every one of the 2800 attendees a digital Notebook, pre-loaded with terrific information and tools for patients, including several of our guided imagery programs that target issues associated with diabetes. What a wonderful use of digital resources!
I struggle with doctors and all things related to hospitals. I get 'angry' tense and stressed just walking into a hospital to visit with someone else. I need to 'get-over-it' do you have a CD that might help this situation?
Dear Sara Jane,
Probably you have some scary associations with hospitals from your past which have now taken on a life of their own. Itís not uncommon. (And certainly most people have some discomfort or queasiness walking into a hospital anyway Ė theyíre pretty weird places after all, even under the best of circumstances).
From your description, it sounds like getting angry is a diversion from feeling anxious, and itís the underlying anxiety thatís primary and needs addressing.
Iíve got a couple of suggestions for you. First, you might want to train yourself to relax at will, using a guided imagery audio like Relaxation & Wellness. You could listen to it regularly Ė once or twice a day - and every time you listen, position your hands over your belly or one hand over your breast bone, so that you develop a conditioned response to relax whenever your hands are placed that way.
I am a psychotherapist and hypnotherapist with a private practice out West. I am post-menopausal and was just diagnosed this week with lichen sclerosis.
This chronic skin condition affects primarily post-menopausal women, but also affects young women, and sometimes children and men. It is believed to be an auto-immune disease. It can affect the vulvar and anal areas in women.
If left untreated, it causes scarring and the fusing of tissues in the genitalia area, including narrowing the opening to the vagina.
Needless to say, intercourse may either be impossible or very painful. The treatment I've been recommended is fluocinolone Acetonide ointment and my gynecologist is very optimistic.
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.