Belleruth Naparstek, ACSW

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Guided Imagery

Across cultures and countries, the human blueprint reinvents its tried and true solution for the massive, survival-based separation terror that assails every helpless infant. The better equipped toddler devises clever, portable substitutes for mommy – Winnicottian transitional objects, like the blankie, the binky, the teddy, and the thumb. These in turn evolve into internalized images – the foundational mechanism for adult self-calming and successful anxiety management. 

Called security primes in the attachment literature, this dynamic explains the primitive power of guided imagery to alleviate anxiety and heal distress at profound levels. Sample the research, hear the heroic tale of the toddler’s journey, and experience for yourself this simple yet remarkable therapeutic intervention, with all its baked-in mojo to soothe, restore and heal. 


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Clinical social worker and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of over 80 guided imagery audio programs targeted to address a variety of health and mental health concerns. She is the founder of Health Journeys Inc, a leading producer and distributor of mind-body programs that deliver direct self-help healing and wellness experiences (meditation, imagery, hypnosis, relaxation, acupressure and yoga), at the screen or on a listening device.

She is the author of Staying Well with Guided Imagery and Your Sixth Sense which has been translated into 9 languages. Her book on imagery and post traumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award. In their 20th anniversary edition of their seminal book, Courage to Heal, Ellen Bass and Laura Davis call Invisible Heroes, “the most useful book for trauma survivors to be published in the last decade”.

As Prevention Magazine has noted, Belleruth has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Army, the Veteran’s Health Administration, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.

In addition, her recordings have been involved in over two-dozen clinical trials, with nearly a dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges, including surgery outcomes, smoking cessation, pain and post traumatic stress.


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Belleruth has been quietly creating an underground revolution among mainstream health and mental health bureaucracies, by persuading major institutions such as the U.S. Army, the Veteran’s Health Administration, The American Red Cross, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Shield of California, nearly 2000 hospitals, mental health centers, recovery clinics and vet centers to distribute her guided imagery recordings, in most instances free of charge to recipients.


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On Guide To Sleep Insufficiency Test | Health Journeys

Interview Preview with Belleruth | Conscious Media Network 

Belleruth on PTSD/Part 1 of 3 | Health Journeys

Keith LaBaw