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GROUNDBREAKING “CIRCULAR THERAPEUTICS” AIMS TO CONNECT MODERN DAY THERAPY WITH COLLECTIVE WISDOM IN TRADITIONAL HEALING
Internationally-recognized as elder healers, psychotherapists and authors, Brad and Hillary Keeney, also known as “The Mojo Doctors,” invite therapists to open their hearts and journey back in time to discover ancient and spiritual forms of healing.
PHOENIX, Ariz. – March 16, 2012 – In their most recent book, Circular Therapeutics, Brad and Hillary Keeney encourage therapists to let go and free themselves from the “imprisonment of any and all models of therapy” and instead become wisdom-based practitioners with healing hearts. Through circular therapeutics, utilization, and improvisation, the Keeneys demonstrate how diverse wisdom traditions can positively impact clinical practice and offer help in restoring one’s “mojo” (a metaphor for the heart of healing –inner resources, gifts and wisdom) to revitalize the therapeutic process. Although written to influence behavioral health professionals, Circular Therapeutics is entertaining, refreshing light and readable and appeals to a wide audience including those who have an interest in traditional healing and cybernetics.
Brad Keeney is the author of several books on psychotherapy and the transformative arts including: Profiles of Healing, Bushman Shaman: Awakening the Spirit Through Ecstatic Dance, Shaking Medicine: The Healing Power of Ecstatic Movement, and The Creative Therapist: The Art of Awakening a Session. While on sabbatical in Africa, Keeney learned from traditional healers including the Bushmen who practice the oldest form of wisdom-based healing. His biography, American Shaman: An Odyssey of Global Healing Traditions, written by Jeffrey Kottler and Jon Carlson, won a 2004 Best Spiritual Book Award from Spirituality and Health magazine. Mentored by Gregory Bateson and Heinz von Foerster, the founders of cybernetics, Keeney’s therapeutic practice and books reflect their strong influence.
Hillary Keeney studied Zen Buddhism before taking up residency at the Zen Center of Los Angeles. She later served as a Frederick P. Lenz Residential Fellow for the study of American Buddhism at Naropa University. She is a salsa dance and poet and has taught gender studies, multiculturalism, and creative transformation. Together, the Keeneys created “The Mojo Doctors,” located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, which offers training in traditional healing practices. (www.mojodoctors.com)
Reflecting its ideology, Circular Therapeutics goes full circle, beginning with the history of traditional healing, into an introduction into circular therapy and circular poetics. Then takes the reader into the core principles of cybernetic epistemology, to the healing crossroads of change, and through the door to the other side where one can begin their own journey toward embracing a healer’s heart.
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“This fantastic book is a much needed contribution capable of transforming the entire thinking and practice of therapy! Our profession is headed toward “scientific delirium madness” if we do not embrace what the Keeney’s tell us about finding the healing heart of therapy. They teach us how to bring transformational creative magic – authentic mojo – into every therapy session. Bravo!”
Stephen R. Lankton, LCSW, DAHB
Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis and author of clinical books including The Answer Within, Practical Magic, and Tools of Intention.
“Circular Therapeutics is a magical book written by authentic traditional healers who have impeccable scholarship. Like an extraordinary painting, this book helps you invent a life that escapes the bondage of theory, narrative, and meaning. It is much needed medicine for therapists, healers, and anyone interested in the art of helping others change. I celebrate its circular poetics and therapeutics of the heart!”
Former Science Editor of Smithsonian Magazine
“Hillary and Brad Keeney have written one of the best psychotherapy books of recent years. The writing passionately, yet clearly, calls us to find the disciplined flow of being true healers in this soul-deadening time. It carries the wisdom of the ages with cutting-edge developments. I most highly recommend it!”
Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Author, Hero’s Journey and The Courage to Love
“Circular Therapeutics sets all schools of therapy on their collective heads in order to get to the goal of clinical work – healing. Lavishly illustrated with case examples and charming little ‘interludes’ between chapters, we find a clear meeting of heart and mind. Here is found the cybernetics, poetics, Zen, and healing of therapeutic transformation. Clearly a book to read, set aside, and then read again as it teaches, intrigues, and satisfies.”
Betty Alice Erickson, M.A.,
Former Editor in Chief of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter and author, Hope and Resiliency and Milton H. Erickson: M.D.: An American Healer.
“Offering a unique perspective to the practice of change, the one-of-a-kind duo of Hillary and Brad Keeney lead us inside the path of transformative circularity where we find ourselves heir to the oldest healing traditions. Circular Therapeutics holds the wisdom that can change the profession of psychotherapy. It is destined to be a classic that every therapist must read!”
Pedro Vargas Avalos
Director of Clinical Psychology Graduate Programs
University of Mexico