Healing Trauma: A Guided Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress (PTSD)- Research Proven Guided Imagery to Reduce Symptoms in Trauma Survivors, First Responders, and Caregivers.
(00:00) 01. Introduction
(03:27) 02. Guide Imagery
(29:44) 03. Affirmations
This powerful, research-proven guided imagery for PTSD, vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue were found effective at reducing the distressing, persistent symptoms of posttraumatic stress. If you suffer from flashbacks, nightmares, sleep or concentration problems, hyper-vigilance, anxiety, panic, irritability, temper eruptions, emotional numbness, shame, isolation, or loneliness, listen to this program on a regular basis, either alongside other therapies or as a stand-alone intervention. The hypnotic, healing suggestions go very deep and are designed to counter ugly flashbacks and nightmares with positive images. Additional segments reduce the intense spikes of anxiety and serve as a natural treatment for panic attacks, as well as anger and fury; others shift the tendency toward avoidance, numbness, and isolation.
Created by foremost guided imagery and trauma psychotherapist Belleruth Naparstek for Health JourneysTM, this guided meditation was proven effective in several studies with sufferers of persistent trauma who were in need of effective PTSD treatment. The guided meditation for healing posttraumatic stress was made with the help of trauma experts as well as sufferers of posttraumatic stress – combat veterans, survivors of motor vehicle accidents, criminal assault, domestic violence, traumatic grief, bombings, natural disasters, ICU stays, and childhood sexual abuse, as well as those who witness, document and clean up after traumatic events – first responders, journalists, photographers, therapists, and bystanders. Empowering and effective, this guided PTSD audio program increases self-esteem, confidence, and sense of self-worth, while it reduces distress and depression. A separate track of affirmations* bolsters the PTSD treatment process with quick, positive reminders in a briefer format, which can be played while engaged in other activities, including driving. For recent trauma, we suggest starting with the less intense, relaxation imagery for Healthful Sleep and Relaxation & Wellness; then, once self-soothing skills are in place, (usually after daily use for 2-4 weeks), moving on to this guided treatment for PTSD, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. For people with more seasoned wounds, this program can work quickly and well. However, each listener should be guided by what feels best and respect his or her own reactions and timing. (Running Time: 60 min.) *Because some trauma survivors take great comfort in the idea of a protective God, there is one sentence on the affirmation track that says, “I know I am held in the hands of God and I am perfectly, utterly safe.” But because other trauma survivors find this sentence distressing, we have made an alternate version of Affirmations without that sentence, available as a download. If you wish the alternate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and specifically request it. You ll need to give us your order confirmation number and the email address you want the new link sent to, plus your phone number in case we need to contact you to clarify something.
I was cut off from my friends and family and subjected to years of mental, sexual, psychological, and physical abuse, imprisonment and torture by a monster who played the part of an upstanding member of society in public. It took me a few tries to even get past the first minute or so–I felt like I didn’t want ANYONE telling me what to do, think, or feel, since that’s what had happened to me in the situation I’d been in. But once I relaxed and trusted Belleruth’s CD enough to listen to the whole thing, the results were — and continue to be — profoundly healing and life-changing. I can’t recommend this highly enough. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Belleruth. (Reprinted from Health Journeys website May 2011) –Lotus
I’ve listened to Belleruth’s PTSD guided imagery and affirmation almost the entire duration of my 4 1/2 years of therapy to help me overcome the effects of childhood sexual abuse. My therapist recommended this audio CD to me and I cannot tell you how incredibly helpful it is. I found it an indispensable part of my therapy and a VERY wonderful and powerful tool. Considering the cost of therapy against the cost of this MP3, it’s ridiculously affordable. (Reprint from Health Journeys website April, 2012) –Eugene