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Healing the Unimaginable: Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

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"A perfect balance between depth, readability, and extensive hands-on experience, Healing the Unimaginable gently leads the reader through the darkest and largely unexplored areas of man-made trauma: Ritual Abuse and Mind Control. While many therapists think it unlikely that they will ever come across a survivor of such trauma, these cases are, in fact, less rare than one would like to believe; and recognizing the language of such survivors is thus our duty of care. This is an excellent handbook, to be read, re-read, and consulted many times over." (Adah Sachs, co-author of Forensic Aspects of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Consultant Psychotherapist)

"At last, a much needed contemporary exposition of the treatment of the sequelae of ritual abuse and mind control. Dr Miller has provided a systematic and demystifying guide for therapists who work with this challenging population." (Sandra Paulsen, author of Looking Through the Eyes: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Their Clients)

"In Healing the Unimaginable, Dr Alison Miller provides you with the information, tools, and reassurance that you need in order to treat this challenging population with confidence and skill. She demystifies the methods used by perpetrator groups to create programming and to ensure the victims’ belief in their abusers’ omnipotence. She breaks down this complicated topic into its manageable parts, and, most importantly, provides what therapists always really want in their training manuals: a step by step 'how-to' guide. Dr Miller has been doing this work for many years, and it shows. This is the book we all have been waiting for. It shines a much needed, long overdue, and perfectly designed light on a form of abuse that has been protected by darkness for too long." (E. Sue Blume, LCSW, author of Secret Survivors: Uncovering Incest and its Aftereffects in Women)

From the Foreword
"If you do not have a patient who has gone through these experiences, this is initially a deeply frightening book, as well as a crucial book. It is not a book that soft-soaps the reader along the grades of obscene hierarchy between 'mild' trauma and major. It goes straight to the jugular of the worst realities that exist, and is not trying to apologize for, or justify, their existence. Enough research has been carried out; enough survivors have come forward with their unique constellations of physical and mental pain. Alison Miller is writing for those who know what exists and want and need help in understanding it further." (Valerie Sinason, Director)

About the Author

Alison Miller is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Victoria, British Columbia.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Karnac Books (October 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855758822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855758827
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on August 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Dr Miller is an expert in the field of helping people deal with ritual (extreme/organized) abuse, she presents at the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation along with better known professionals such as Ellen Lacter, although the majority of her time is devoted to clinical practice.

At the start of the book were a number of different short sections, which, while helpful, meant it took a while to get to the essence of the book. If you pick this book up expecting to read about sensationalist crimes committed by satanists then you have chosen the wrong type of book. She does not write from a Christian point of view, nor does she suggest that religion is necessary for healing. There is no singling out of any particular community, and her suggested approaches depend on the actual abuse and current situation rather than the group's beliefs (or lack of them).

There are warnings in a number of places to say survivors should not read the book - or if they do read sections it should be only will the full awareness of their therapist and some sections are unlikely to benefit survivors at all (the book is aimed at therapists, not survivors or their partners). After flicking past this warning there is another, similar warning addressed to any "detective parts" who are still reading - those with DID will be able to relate to this immediately. It also offers a refund for anyone choosing not to read further.

Although Dr Miller has included explanations of dissociative identity disorder and dissociative disorder not otherwise specified (now known as OSDD in the DSM5), I would be very surprised if anyone reading it did not have a grasp of at least some of the information beforehand. DDNOS is largely ignored in many books, but Dr Miller describes it well.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on October 31, 2011
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Alison Miller has written a remarkable testament to the tenacity, creativity, collegiality, and compassion necessary for therapist and survivor to address the multiple psychological, behavioral, emotional, physical, and social problems resulting from a torturous childhood. All therapists who work with known victims of child sexual trauma, or whose clients are identified by the various psychological diagnoses known to have antecedents in childhood trauma, will benefit from the wisdom saturating each page. Dr. Miller has gifted clinicians and survivors alike with hope. As she explains, with perseverence, patience, and creativity, even the most damaging symptoms resulting from "unimaginable" abuse can be overcome. This is a book to recommend for all clinicians and psychology students to maintain in their libraries.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Impressed on November 26, 2011
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One of the heroic moves of this age is that we are exposing the abuses that have existed from the beginning of time. HEALING THE UNIMAGINABLE, Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control cracks this generational secrecy open further. Dr. Miller not only specifies what happens during these 'unimaginable' abuses but also guides therapists, step by step, issue by issue, advising them how to be effective and not go around in circles with their clients or patients.

This is exactly the book that secret abusive cults would have never wanted to be written or read.

One of its monumental revelations is about the structured, deliberate torture the infants endure which splits their brains into pieces and ruptures the possibility of bonding. Dr. Miller gets her inside information from courageous, talented survivors who went back into their programming and were able to emerge integrated! Amazing. These pioneers tell their stories in her book.

Miller gives HOPE and wisdom to therapists compassionate enough to want to help the survivor/victims of ritual abuse and mind control, including government mind control.

The second outstanding aspect of their work is Miller's voice. She is tough but compassionate, hard edged but gentle, driven to follow the truth no matter where it leads. Miller understands the difficulty for therapists who have to listen to these horrendous stories but is also aware that healing ritual abuse and mind control will change civilization for the better and spare future generations of children.

TREATING THE UNIMAGINABLE, Treating Ritual Abuse and Mind Control is written for therapists treating survivors and the information is mind boggling.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DMBROCKS on August 30, 2012
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Since we are now dealing with the subject matter in therapy that this book covers To find it was so helpful for our therapeutic sessions. It was recommended to me from another online forum that also deals with cult abuse. My therapist read the first 3 chapters and said he would just come read about such similar activities and brainwashing techniques that he said he thought they had interviewed me. The book has helped him in dealing with our newfound programming that the book specifically talks about. He says he won't let me read it as he thinks it will be too triggering but he has called it his "new favorite book" and it has been very helpful to him to validate the treatment his is giving me and to also give him new ideas on treatment options. I know he really appreciates the fact that I found this book as we are going through the treating of this subject matter right now in depth. He is appreciative that I found it and I am glad that he has some additional information in helping me deal with this difficult process of healing from this abuse.
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