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Darlene, 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 Whove 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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Darlene’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Georgetown University - Bachelor of Science, Spanish and Iberian Studies

Graduate Degree: Saybrook University - Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology


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Tutoring Subjects

Adult Literacy


Business Writing

Clinical Psychology

College Application Essays

College English



High School English

High School Writing


Philosophical Ethics


Public Speaking

Social Sciences

Social studies

Study Skills

Study Skills and Organization

World Religions


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