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Breaking Free from the Victim Trap

Part II: Breaking Free from the Victim Trap Diane Zimberoff Following is an excerpt from the second edition, fifth printing (2004), of the book Breaking Free from the Victim Trap. The excerpt is Part II of the book, chapters 11 through 16. Part II Treatment: Turning the Victim Triangle into a Circle of Power through […]

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Hypnotherapy and Sexual Offenders: The First Steps Towards Empathy and Healing

Hypnotherapy and Sexual Offenders: The First Steps Towards Empathy and Healing Lisa Cooney People who commit sexual offenses are severely ostracized and isolated in today’s society. In the prison systems, as self-reported by numerous offenders I counseled, a sexual offense is recognized as the lowest form of criminal activity, apparently lower than a serial killer, […]

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Existential Issues in Heart-Centered Therapies: A Developmental Approach

Existential Issues in Heart-Centered Therapies: A Developmental Approach Diane Zimberoff Abstract: Avoidance of existential confrontation is a central function of neurosis, while existential openness is the most frequent predictor of wisdom. In existential transpersonal psychotherapy, (1) all forces are seen to be acting now, in this immediate moment, and (2) effective therapy or healing involves […]

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Attachment, detachment, nonattachment: achieving synthesis

Attachment, detachment, nonattachment: achieving synthesis Diane Zimberoff Abstract: The intention of this paper is to propose a conceptualization of the relationship between attachment, detachment, and nonattachment in human’s lifelong patterns of emotional, physical and spiritual health and growth. The basic premise is that people relate to their environment with attachment (intimacy) and detachment (autonomy) from […]

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Personal Transformation with Heart-Centered Therapies

Personal Transformation with Heart-Centered Therapies Diane Zimberoff ABSTRACT: In psychotherapy, we basically retrieve traumatic memories, bring unconscious material into consciousness, express the attached emotions, and release the trauma. In the process, traumas are resolved, we overcome debilitations and return to normality, free of symptoms. In healing, we expand the goal of our intervention from symptom […]

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Exploring the Frontier of “Being” and “Doing”

Breathwork: Exploring the Frontier of “Being” and “Doing” Diane Zimberoff ABSTRACT: Breathwork is a powerful therapeutic modality. It provides a means to work on several levels: the physical, the emotional/psychological, and the spiritual. It accesses perinatal material (in utero and birth experience) and transpersonal material (archetypal, shamanic, and cosmic experience) as well as early childhood […]

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Using heart-centered hypnotherapy with children

Using heart-centered hypnotherapy with children Cathy Geniti Abstract: This article presents the inclusion of parents in hypnotherapy with children. Understanding the process helps parents to better support and reinforce the child’s desired changes. Also mentioned is the need to prepare children prior to the session to eliminate anxiety. This knowledge provides a more relaxed and […]

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Hypnotic trance in Heart-Centered therapies

Hypnotic trance in Heart-Centered therapies David Hartman Abstract: This article traces the roots of the use of trance states in Heart-Centered therapies. A discussion of traditional hypnosis includes Brown and Fromm’s (1986) proposed four treatment approaches with hypnosis: symptomatic hypnotherapy, supportive ego-strengthening hypnotherapy, dynamic hypnotherapy, and hypnotherapy of developmental deficits. We review several ways of […]

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musical modalities for treating trauma

Hypnosis and ‘heavy metal’: musical modalities for treating trauma Megan Elizabeth Cassano Abstract: Music is a fundamental element in the lives of people today. Music is played for babies while still in the womb in attempts to soothe them. Music represents special occasions that might occur during a person’s life, such as religious rites of […]

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Gestalt therapy and Heart-Centered therapies

Gestalt therapy and Heart-Centered therapies Diane Zimberoff Abstract: Heart-Centered therapies utilize several of the basic Gestalt techniques developed by Fritz Perls. One is presentness, making everything very immediate, emphasizing the here and now. Another is concrete attention to detail, rather than abstract conceptualizing, including the importance of somatic and body awareness. Both of these principles […]