Faculty Profile: Darlene Viggiano

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Darlene Viggiano

Darlene Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT), teaches Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Hypnosis for the College of Mind-Body medicine, having earned her doctorate in 2010 from Saybrook University. She also serves on the Dissertation with Distinction selection committee. Dr. Viggiano is a California-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Intensive Outpatient Program at Kaiser Permanente South Valley Centre in the Adult Psychiatry Department. She serves on Kaiser’s Regional Best Practices committee for Dual Diagnosis, facilitates groups for Adults Molested as Children and for Dual Diagnosis populations, as well as offering psycho-education on Anger Management. She also facilitates Mindfulness Movement skills sessions, in addition to providing therapy to a regular patient caseload. She has served on the Domestic Violence Committee and on the Quality Assurance Committee at Kaiser South Sacramento. She was honored to earn the Outstanding Service Award for the second quarter of 2009.

Dr. Viggiano earned her Ph.D. in psychology at Saybrook University in San Francisco, where her dissertation topic was the role of dreams and dream-like experiences in spiritual emergence processes.

Her book, Carrying On: A workbook for women who’ve lost a pregnancy, was published in 2010 by Lambert Academic Publishing. Her book, Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their Role in Spiritual Emergence Processes, was published by Lambert Academic Publishing. Her 2012 biographical article on Ernest R. Hilgard appeared online in the Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories, published by Springer Science + Business Media, and her 2011 article on Jungian hypnotic dream-work was published in Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy. Her interactive, online class, Applications of Clinical Hypnosis in Mind-Body Medicine, was accepted for CE credit at JFK University’s Somatic Psychotherapy workshop series. Additionally, she has published several peer-reviewed journal articles as well as various book-reviews on psychology books. She has taught psychology at the University of Phoenix and developed an online hypnosis course for John F. Kennedy University. She earned certification in clinical hypnosis from the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and is a member of APA Division 30, The Society of Psychological Hypnosis. She presented on hypnotic dreaming at the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis during their 60th annual workshops and scientific program. She earned the 2012 Early Career Achievement Award from APA Division 30."

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: Saybrook University, San Francisco 6/10

Master's in Counseling Psychology: National University, San Jose 4/95

Master's in Journalism: New York University, New York 2/90

Bachelor's in Language Arts: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 5/82


Current Projects and Professional Activities

Dissertation Committee Member: California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco 2013-Present

> Participating on dissertation committee for a study on the use of hypnotic dream work

Part-Time Faculty: Saybrook University San Francisco 1/11-Present

> Teaching Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Hypnosis, grading term projects

> Teaching both in residence and online, including teleconferences

> Participating on dissertation and thesis committees, including Dissertation with Distinction

Online Course Developer: John F. Kennedy University 1/11-Present

> Offering fully self-contained course on the applications of hypnosis

> Certified (R9960) by/member of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (2010-present)

> Member APA Division 30 (Clinical Hypnosis) (2011-2014); SCEH member (2013)


Current Publications

Viggiano, D.   (2000). The missing piece: Solving the puzzle of self.  [Book review].  New Times, 7(2), p. 4.


Viggiano, D.   (2004/5). The power of spirituality in therapy.  [Book review]. The Therapist.

Viggiano, D. (2004). Integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders. Co-Occurring Disorders Newsletter, 2, 1.

Viggiano, D.   (2004). Creative development of self (CDS): An interview for healthy self and healthy relationships.  [Book review]. The Therapist. 16(4), 78-80.


Viggiano, D.  (2003). The love cure: Therapy erotic and sexual.  [Book review].  Retrieved January 5, 2008, from http://www.cgjungpage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=25&I...


Viggiano, D.  (2002). Best practices: A roadmap for integrated services in dual diagnosis. The California Therapist. 14(1), 61-65.

Viggiano, D.   (2002). Terrifying transferences.  [Book review]. The California Therapist. 14(1), 72.





Viggiano, D.  (2005, Summer/Fall). Getting a life as 'the goal of therapy.' [Review of the book Creating a Life]. Jung at Heart, (42), 3.

Viggiano, D.   (2005). Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice. [Review]. The Therapist. 17(5), 75-76.

Viggiano, D. (2005). 40 ways to make dual diagnosis groups welcoming, according to patients. Co-Occurring Disorders Newsletter, 3(2), pp. 1-2.



Viggiano, D. (2007). Eyes of Sophia. [Book review]. Retrieved January 5, 2008, from http://www.cgjungpage.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=837&...


Schroll, M., & Viggiano, D. (2014). Epilogue: Toward a New Paradigm of the Varieties of Transformative Experience, Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal, 5(4).


Viggiano, D. (2012). Ernest R. Hilgard Biography. Encyclopedia of the History of Psychological Theories (Robert W. Rieber, Ed.), India: Springer Science + Business Media.



Viggiano, D. (2011). Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their role in spiritual emergence processes. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing (now VDM Publishing).

Viggiano, D. (2011). Overview of Research on Jungian Hypnotic Dream-Work: Towards a Jungian model for hypnotherapeutic dream interpretation. Contemporary Hypnosis and Integrative Therapy, 28(2), 37-42.  


Viggiano, D. (2011). Some Recent Findings on Synchronicity, Dream-Like Experiences, and Spiritual Emergence Processes. The Rhine Online: Psi-News Magazine, 3(1), 25-26.






Viggiano, D. (2010). Carrying On: A workbook for women who’ve lost a pregnancy. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing (now VDM Publishing).

Viggiano, D. (2010). The role of dream narratives in spiritual development: A Jungian perspective.  Leaflet, 2(1), 20-24.

Viggiano, D. (2010). Toward a role for dreams and images in a spiritual emergence process: A case study. Revista de Psiquiatria Clinica, 37(4), 178-181.

Viggiano, D., & Krippner, S. (2010). The Grofs’ Model of Spiritual Emergency in Retrospect: Has it stood the test of time? International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 29(1), 118-127.


Important Conference Presentations

· American Psychological Association Annual Conference (July, 2013):

“Toward a Role for Hypnosis in Psychospiritual Development” (Presenter)

“Hypnosis in Health Psychology” (Chair)

· International Association for the Study of Dreams

“The Role of Dreams and Dream-like Experiences in Spiritual Emergence Processes”

Seminar (July, 2010 & 2012):

· Kaiser Permanente doctoral resident training program

“Spiritual Competency”

Radio Interview (September, 2010):

· www.blogtalkradio.com/holisticchildren

“Processing Pregnancy Loss”

Paper Presentation and Workshop (March 18 & 21, 2010):

· Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness, Spring Meeting (Berkeley, CA)

“Cultivating States of Health in the Physical, Psychological, & Spiritual Dimensions” (PowerPoint)

“Spiritual Diversity: Using dreams to identify and treat spiritual problems”

Residential Conference Presentations (January 17-18, 2010 & June 12, 2010):

· Saybrook University (San Francisco, CA) –

“The Role of Dreams & Dream-like Experiences in Spiritual Emergence Processes” (Poster)

“Dance Movement Therapy” (Experiential)

“Tai Chi Chih” (Experiential)

“Mindfulness-based Practices at Kaiser Permanente” (PowerPoint)

Peer-Presentation (October 2009):

· Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, 60th Annual Workshops & Scientific Program (Reno, NV) –

“Functional Mechanisms and Practical Applications of Hypnotic Dreams”

Research Interests

Dreams, dream-like experiences, hypnosis, spiritual emergence, psycho-spirituality, mindful movement, recovery from pregnancy loss.

Research Expertise

Qualitative methods

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

helping students with dissertations/theses

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Grounded Theory
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling