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Treatment of Victims Who Condemn Themselves for Harm Done to Other Victims


BackgroundThis presentation will discuss the treatment of victims who have done harm to other victims driven by: a) abuser coercion andthreats, b) psychological manipulation by dissociation-savvy abusers, and, c) enactments of sexual and physical abuse in dissociated states. MethodThe author, a PhD qualified Clinical Psychologist, has worked with abuse survivors since 1982 and with victims of...

Sexual Responses to Sexual Assault


I have worked primarily with child sexual abuse since 1984, treating both child victims and adult survivors, probably about 100 of each, if I had to hazard a guess. In this time, I have learned a startling, as well as somewhat obvious, effect of child sexual abuse: Perpetrators who sexually abuse children achieve whatever response they are seeking in the child. Perpetrators have the advantage of...

Legal and Ethical Dilemmas for Psychotherapists in Making Reports to Child Protection and Law Enforcement of Suspected Ritual Abuse of Children or Dependent Adults


This page was updated by Dr. Lacter on April 12, 2018. The update can be found here: Legal and Ethical Dilemmas for Psychotherapists in Making Reports to Child Protection and Law Enforcement of Suspected Child Abuse within Ritual Abuse and the Production of Child Rape and Torture Materials Psychotherapists face many legal and ethical dilemmas when making reports of suspected ritual abuse, or...

Seeing and Breaking the Chains: Steps for Recognizing On-Going Abuse and How to Break FREE


Note from Ellen Lacter: This piece is based on a presentation by Arauna Morgan, MA, which was given at the May 2013 Survivorship Conference in Oakland California. Arauna Morgan is a trusted colleague, in the process of becoming a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a survivor of ritual abuse and mind control. I recommend her as a consultant to therapists working with survivors...

Ritual Abuse and Torture-based Mind Control: Reducing and Preventing Re-contact with Abusers


Cautionary Notes: This is one of the more distressing pages on my website. Survivors in therapy should  read this webpage only after their therapists have first read it and assessed that the survivor would benefit from reading it. If a survivor does not have a therapist, I strongly recommend that she/he obtain a therapist and only read this webpage with the therapist’s approval. Information on...

Work with “Abuser Personalities”


Most ritual abuse survivors have abuser self states who take on the appearance and demeanor of their abusers, threatening bodily harm should the host remember the abuse or should disclosure be threatened. The host and traumatized child personalities tend to perceive these parts as actual abusers within. They may internally kick personalities in the head to silence them, often resulting in...

Spiritual and Psychological Resolution of the Pain and Torment of Having Abused or Killed While Victimized by Ritual Abuse and Mind Control


(Originally published August 5, 2003, updated January 26, 2005, and again on November 16, 2010) I. The pain and torment associated with abusing or killing others is often: A. The greatest obstacle in personal healing and recovery. Many survivors “get stuck” in their journey toward healing because they cannot face that they have abused or killed others. B. The most profound factor that prevents...

Treating Dissociative, Abused and Ritually Abused, Children


This article is organized into ten sections and a bibliography, as follows: When the Child is Not Safe Working with Protective Parents to Increase a Child’s Sense of Safety Treating Dissociation in the Pretend World of Play Play Characterizations and “Abuser Personalities” The Importance of Safe Places in the Treatment of Dissociative Children Direct Interpretation and Intervention in...

For Therapists: Lessons I Have Learned


1. In good therapy, we heal the spirit, not treat disorders. Even “cognitive” distortions/traps are only healed in depth work. 2. Ritual abuse and mind control survivors can only heal if their therapists believe they were tortured, though we need not validate every memory. Programming, abusers’ illusions, and psychological factors can cause distortions of memory. 3. Love may be the greatest...

Advocating for Ritualistically Abused Children


Published in the July 1, 2002, issue of The CALAPT Newsletter Most of you reading this column know me as Immediate Past President of the California Association for Play Therapy (CALAPT), a Registered Play Therapist and Supervisor, academic coordinator of University of California-San Diego-Extension’s Play Therapy Certificate Program, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of trauma, and a...

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