Jasenn Zaejian

Biography

Jasenn Zaejian is a well trained psychotherapist and retired clinical psychologist with more than 10 years ‎of training in psychotherapy.

Initially completing a Gestalt Therapy training program, with trainers who ‎had been trained by Frederick Perls, et al, while simultaneously attending graduate school in Los ‎Angeles, he went on to study with George Dillinger, M.D., a psychiatrist who was trained by John ‎Pierrakos, M.D., the creator of core energetics, an offshoot of orgonomy. For the next two years, he ‎met with Dr. Dillinger in weekly individual and group training sessions, learning core energetics, ‎nutritional and Tibetan Buddhist healing approaches. His initial Ph.D. dissertation proposal on ‎‎"schizophrenia" was rejected by the school, as it involved a prospective study. Stimulated by studying ‎the works of Wilhelm Reich on the Cancer Biopathy, he chose a research dissertation topic on cancer ‎and personality. Dr. Dillinger became a crucial member of his doctoral committee. ‎

During his doctoral program, he was influenced by existential analysts Rollo May, Ph.D. and ‎Viktor Framkl, M.D. the social anthropologist, Ashley Montague, Ph.D. and the sociologist Herbert ‎Blumer, Ph.D. He had a number of classes with each of them.

After earning a Ph.D. in clinical ‎psychology, personal issues and an interest in Buddhist healing provided the impetus to briefly volunteer ‎and live at a Chan Buddhist monastery, participating in the study of Buddhist thought.

During his post-‎doctoral internship, he completed another training program in Gestalt Therapy, with notables, including ‎Isadore From, the first person to be trained in Gestalt Therapy by Frederick and Laura Perls, after they ‎immigrated to the U.S.‎

He then moved to Nebraska to accept a position providing a valuable learning experience in ‎neuropsychology, an interest he acquired in an independent study and training course, during graduate ‎school. In that 4 year period, he took an extended tutorial at a sleep study center, learning how sleep ‎disturbances affect depression and other health concerns. ‎

Upon moving back to New York, for the next 22 years he attended many workshops at the Jung ‎Institute. For more than a decade he volunteered as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team member ‎and supervisor for disasters, including airline disasters and the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center ‎terrorist attack where he served as the acting officer on the evening shift for the Red Cross telephone crisis ‎counseling operation. Following that tragic and stressful operation, where he saw how a local politician ‎manipulated the facts for political advantage, he decided to retire from volunteering for crisis duties. ‎

After a brief second marriage, he worked as a "patient" with a medical orgonomist in weekly and ‎bi-weekly sessions. He continued on for five years to see how close he might come to the orgonomic ‎definition of the healthy character. His orgonomist had training sessions with Reich and was trained by ‎Reich's successor, Ellsworth Baker. Seeing first hand, the exceptional characterological restructuring ‎and healing benefits of a biophysical approach, it was then that he became immersed in the study of ‎orgonomy and the work of Wilhelm Reich. Reich had provided a primary influence in the development ‎of Gestalt Therapy (as Reich was Frederick Perls' analyst). He also completed training in Thought Field ‎Therapy (TFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Neurolinguistic ‎Programming (NLP).‎

Following a 30 year career in public service as a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, ‎developing and operating two neuropsychology labs, and holding positions as a clinical supervisor and in ‎psychiatric hospital management, he retired and returned to California. He was then employed as a ‎consultant and a graduate school adjunct professor.

He is now pursuing literary interests in non-fiction ‎and fiction writing, as well as art and music.‎

Smashwords Interview

Where can the reader find an unbiased review of your book by a neutral party?
A comprehensive review is published in the Journal of Child and Family Studies, reprinted
at http://relatedness.org/Anxiety_Depresion_ebook_Review.html

The first few paragraphs of the review are reprinted below:

"Journal of Child and Family Studies - December, 2012
S.E. James

Anxiety and depression and various treatments for these conditions have long been subjects for discussion among mental health care providers, especially where the use of medications are concerned. I remember as a young mother suffering from what I now recognize as post partum depression, I was told by a psychiatrist that pharmaceuticals were making talk therapy obsolete, and that psychiatrists would be soon be putting psychologists out of business. Following his advice I began taking an antidepressant, and while it was helpful, there were certainly other interventions that also assisted in my ascension out of the temporary darkness I found myself in. The year was 1986 and a quarter of a century later, my journey has been a roller coaster ride, having many twists and turns, ups and downs, and, and when I was introduced to Jasenn Zaejian’s eBook, I was more than willing to see where it would take me.

Healing Personal Depression And Anxiety For Good: The Only Self-Help Solution You’ll Ever Need is a well organized and educational book, composed of ten chapters with an impressive list of references that allow the reader to delve further into personal areas of interest. Following an introduction that discusses how problems in our interpersonal relationships can lead to depression and anxiety, and how many other factors play a part in mental health, this book is neatly organized into short chapters that contain practical exercises as well as some theoretical information that is explained in an understandable manner. I appreciated Zaejian’s approach to readers who are in need of immediate relief from their symptoms without glossing over the science behind the exercises that are recommended.

Having never read a book in this format before, I was challenged by not having a hard copy to flip through and in fact found it necessary to print the volume to make for easy reading. However, I soon found advantages to the eBook, which the author makes good use of, and used the technology available to me from having the book on my laptop as well. There are hyperlinks throughout each chapter that, when clicked on, lead the reader to websites, articles and videos that give greater detail to the subjects presented. I found myself researching more about many of the topics presented in the book, which gave me a larger knowledge base to draw from. This gave me the sense that the author really cared about his readers, and wished to empower them, because he was going above and beyond to share his own knowledge and experience and that of the many experts referenced.

Chapter One is titled Sad Numbers. In this introductory chapter, Zaejian presents statistical information regarding the increase in the numbers of individuals who are affected by depression and anxiety. He makes it a point to discuss the rise of these conditions among the military population. Combat stress and its association with depression, suicide, and post traumatic stress reactions are discussed. Energy related depression, the effects of social-economic circumstances, and bereavement are also addressed in this chapter...."
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Healing Personal Depression And Anxiety For Good
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,970. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
(5.00 from 1 review)
Healing Personal Depression And Anxiety is an instructional e-Book compendium ‎of established and validated, easily learned self-help procedures, documented with more than ‎‎200 hyperlinked internet resources. Written for the general public, these rapidly learned ‎healing ‎strategies purposely avoids getting bogged down in complicated theory or tedious explanations. ‎ ‎

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