The universe conspired to introduce me to Belleruth Naparstek. She
wrote, thanking me for the link to Health
Journeys that I had provided in Soul Food's ever popular guided
imagery section. She told me how much she was enjoying romping around
Soul Food. Our communication began and cheekily
I asked her whether she would "have happened to have communed with
a muse" when she had done a guided imagery, because if so I wanted
to hear about it. Belleruth wrote back telling me that:
later, after i've written it, i go over all my research notes again in a nice left-brain way to make sure i've covered all the bases, and then i test it out on people and tweak the text with their feedback. but i guess you could say that my muses are the people who need the imagery.
No prizes for guessing that I was delighted that such a busy woman should have stopped to take the time to do this. But then, I have always known that if you want something done you need to ask a busy woman.
Enjoy reading more about Belleruth
here at Soul Food and make sure you stop to read the poetry, which she
is generously sharing with us.
Here are assorted interviews, reviews, puff pieces and substantive articles. They are listed by type of media and provide interesting reading.
Introducing Belleruth Naparstek
Clinical social worker, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek, MA, LISW, BCD, has practiced psychotherapy for over 30 years. She is best known as the creator of the 52-title Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Naparstek's first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery (Warner Books), first published in 1993, continues to be a widely used primer for medical professionals and health consumers. Her second book, Your Sixth Sense (Harper San Francisco), first published in 1997, has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Slovenian, Polish, Czech, Turkish, Chinese and Japanese and is considered one of the more thoughtful examinations of the nature of intuition. She is currently completing a third book on imagery and trauma.
She has helped to make guided imagery part of mainstream healthcare by persuading corporations such as Aetna U.S. Healthcare, the U.S. Veteran's Administration, GlaxoSmithKline, The Red Cross, Blue Shield of California, OrthoBiotech, Roche Laboratories, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Kaiser Permanente, and nearly 2000 hospitals, clinics and worksite health venues to distribute her guided imagery recordings.
In addition, her audio programs have been involved in 24 clinical trials, with over a half dozen studies completed to date. Efficacy has been established for several psychological and medical challenges.
Most recently 35,000 of Naparstek's Healing Trauma (PTSD) tapes and CDs were distributed to survivors of September 11th by The American Red Cross, and an additional 14,500 trauma-related audio programs were released to uniformed officers and their families by the Counseling Department of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the National Victims' Assistance Organization.
Naparstek's trauma imagery is now being studied in research at The Louis B Stokes V.A. Medical Center, The Biloxi V.A. Medical Center, and The John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Other Health Journeys research continues at academic centers including Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, Pittsburgh's Magee-Womens Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, The University of Southern Michigan, The University of Vermont and The Moffitt Cancer Center of Tampa.
Naparstek received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago, obtaining her master's degree in clinical social work in 1967. She maintained her psychotherapy practice for over 30 years and for several years taught graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. Earlier in her career, she supervised psychiatry residents at Cambridge Hospital/Harvard Medical School and was Chief of Consultation & Education at the Woodburn Center for Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, VA. She is now CEO of Image Paths Multimedia and serves on the professional advisory boards of The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, The Gathering Place for People Touched by Cancer, The American College of Cardiology's Complementary Medicine Consortium, The WellSpring Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, The Association of Humanistic Psychology, The Mind-Body Wellness Center and Healing Retreats Magazine. She lives in Cleveland with her family.
Just give me this:
And just this:
And this too:
I fall short,
So I can start over,
Women are by nature subversive, you know. Even when they don't know it.
Laughing from the belly,
We women are stupid, you know,
This alarms the men,
Belleruth Naparstek, 3/16/98