- Saybrook University
- Dr. Viggiano
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.
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- 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?
- 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