Darlene Viggiano



Darlene Viggiano

Adjunct Faculty

  • committee member

  • Campus:
  • Saybrook University
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Mind-Body Medicine
Saybrook University
Office Phone
Email [email protected]

Darlene Viggiano, Ph.D. (MFT) is Faculty of the College of Mind-Body Medicine, at Saybrook University in San Francisco, teaching Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Hypnosis. She is author of Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their Role in Spiritual Emergence Processes (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2011) and Carrying On: A Workbook for Women Who've Lost a Pregnancy (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010). She developed an online course about hypnosis for John F. Kennedy University and taught psychology at the University of Phoenix. She has published nearly 40 articles and a chapter on topics within the fields of consciousness, psychology, spirituality, mental health, and integrative medicine. Her publications on mind-body medicine have led her to present workshops in states from California to Nevada and Hawaii. She has served on the Dissertation with Distinction selection committee, and on other culmination project committees at both Saybrook and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

She has been practicing psychotherapy since 1999, with her most recent 12 years at Kaiser Permanente. In this capacity, she has served Adults Molested as Children, Intensive Outpatient Program participants, the severely and persistently mentally ill, the dual diagnosis population, patients in need of skills such as anger management and socialization, and many others. She has also provided mindful movement practices, dream-work, and hypnosis. She earned two employee awards during her career at Kaiser. Dr. Viggiano also has held membership in CAMFT, APA Division 30, the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology at Saybrook University in 2010, and thereafter earned the APA Division 30 Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis Award. She currently also has a private practice in Sacramento, CA.

CV: available from academia.ed

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Addiction/Substance Abuse Co-occurring Disorders
Aging/Adult Development Caregiving
Applied Behavior Analysis Problem Behavior Reduction
Career/Workplace Issues Leadership
Clinical Mental Health Violence and recovery
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Post-Traumatic Growth
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Consciousness studies/Altered states of consciousness
Counseling Couples and Families
Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Treatment through the Lifespan
Counselor Education Experiential Learning
Domestic Violence Sexual Abuse
Dream Studies Dream studies
Health Psychology Health and Wellness
Integrative Medicine Hypnosis
Marriage & Family Couples Counseling
Psychology Subdisciplines - Marriage and Family
PTSD/Trauma Posttraumatic Growth
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Jungian psychology
Violence (See Domestic Violence)
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. Saybrook University, California 2010
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Approved Consultant ASCH
Marriage and Family Therapist, California
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Steward, ex-officio NUHW
Media Exposure


Question and Answer
Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.

To educate means to bring out from within, so I am a facilitator of experiential knowledge.

Provide a statement or philosophy regarding your professional practice.

My professional practice is about helping wounded souls to heal themselves, to the degree that I have been doing the same for myself. It's kind of like being a sherpa of the soul.

Why did you choose to enter your professional area(s)?

My professional career has been more of a calling than a choice, and I still feel called to it.

What advice would you give a student entering Saybrook University?

Carpe Diem!

Curriculum Vitae
Title Location Date
The Role of Hypnosis in Psychospiritual Development Honolulu, HI 2013

research in dreams

research in hypnosis

research in spiritual emergence

research in dream-like experiences


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

Professional Skills
PTSD, SASH specialist in Advanced Treatment of Problematic Sexual Behaviors