|James Metz, MD|
|Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania|
| Last Modified: November 1, 2001
Belleruth Naparstek has been a psychotherapist for over twenty-five years and has developed an excellent reference on guided imagery. She has done extensive research with patients, doctors, and nurses to write this manual. She states "guided imagery is a kind of directed daydreaming, a way of using the imagination very specifically to help mind and body heal, stay strong, and even perform as needed." She has also produced numerous audiotapes on directed guided imagery for patients with cancer, receiving chemotherapy, and managing pain or depression.
Staying Well With Guided Imagery is a manual that teaches many techniques in guided imagery. The book begins by explaining guided imagery and how it can work for the reader. It then describes the different kinds of imagery that can be effective for health and well-being. The book includes samples of each type in the form of scripts or narratives. From these scripts, the reader can develop their own personalized journeys that have individualized meaning. There is a section on frequently asked questions on guided imagery. There is also a listing of resources at the end of the book.
This is an excellent introduction on the topic of guided imagery. The book has easy to follow instructions and narratives. It is intended to help the reader improve the quality of their life through directed daydreaming. It is highly recommended by OncoLink.