Demystifying Mind Control and Ritual Abuse: A Manual for Therapists

Author(s) : Alison Miller

Demystifying Mind Control and Ritual Abuse: A Manual for Therapists

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : July 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 188
  • Category :
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    Trauma and Violence
  • Catalogue No : 97609
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800132658
  • ISBN 10 : 1800132654
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This book was written to meet the need of therapists: a succinct, thorough, practical, clear, down-to-earth handbook to which a therapist can refer as needed. Many, if not most, therapists have encountered a victim of complex mind control and ritual abuse, and most therapists feel deskilled in this work. Working with such clients is a challenge for therapists, given the extreme and prolonged nature of the clients’ trauma, the severity of their dissociative disorders, the complexity of the mind control they have experienced, and the reality of organised perpetrator groups who follow up on their victims. Every therapist needs to know the basics of this work.

Table of Contents

About the author

Chapter 1: Dissociation, ritual abuse and mind control
Dissociative splitting
Ritual abuse and mind control
Recognising a survivor client
Remembering the abuse

Chapter 2: The therapeutic relationship
The therapeutic bond: parental and infant love
How abusers try to prevent the therapeutic bond
Talking with someone who’s multiple
Developing the therapeutic relationship

Chapter 3: The life of a mind control victim
The groups’ activities in the larger world

Chapter 4: Engineered personality systems
Sections within the brain
Appearing normal: the front
Programs and jobs of parts

Chapter 5: Stabilisation and internal safety
Programmed triggering
Internal hierarchies and leaders

Chapter 6: Working with the personality system
Stopping programmed symptoms
Building inner community

Chapter 7: Present-day physical safety
Access programming
Monitoring of survivors

Chapter 8: Working through the traumatic memories
Three phases of treatment
Planning memory work
Processing a memory

Chapter 9: Confronting the spiritual issues in ritual abuse
Simulated religious scenarios
Spiritual/moral abuse: making victims believe they are evil
How does evil really work?
Guilt, shame and forgiveness
Making meaning of the abuse experience

Chapter 10: Healing for our clients and ourselves
Effects of the abuse on survivors
Healing tasks
Intimidation of therapists
Therapists’ vicarious traumatisation


About the Author(s)

Alison Miller is a clinical psychologist recently retired from private practice in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She worked for many years in child and youth mental health services, helping children and families, and developing the LIFE Seminars parent education programs. Since 1991, Dr Miller has been treating and learning from persons who have experienced organized childhood abuse, in particular mind control and ritual abuse. She wrote Healing the Unimaginable to help therapists treating such survivors, and Becoming Yourself to assist survivors in their own healing process.

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