Professional affiliation outside of private clinical practice:
- Lotus Heart Counseling, 2005-2012, 2014-202
Psychotherapist, PTSD Coach, Reiki Practitioner, MSW Supervisor
- Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2016-2017
Why Susan Pease Banitt is on our radar
Banitt is a strong believer in the narrative that a widespread and organized campaign of ritual torture and sophisticated mind control is leaving a wake of individuals with repressed memories and severe DID. She believes in organized abuse by Satanic cults. Pease Banitt describes herself as having been a champion of evidence-based mental health, but also having recently evolved away from this with her 2019 book Wisdom, Attachment, and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice. In fact, her practice is replete with pseudoscientific and questionable beliefs and modalities.
- Practices Past Life Regression Therapy (PLRT).
- Certified Reiki Master who practices and teaches Reiki (see wikipedia).
- In October 2019, presented a Ritual Abuse Mind Control and Organized Abuse (RAMCOA) webinar called “RAMCOA: Working on the Cutting Edge.” Her abstract warns of a recent flood of ritual abuse and mind control survivors in therapy. She holds that this is due to a sophisticated effort to “engineer” subjects with “polyfragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder.” As usual, this engineering takes the form of extreme and ritualistic trauma.
- Perpetuates a conspiracy theory about Aurora shooter James Holmes being the subject of mind control techniques stemming from the Nazis and the CIAs MKUltra program.
- She makes the vague suggestion that Dylan Farrow could have been the subject of mind control.
- The publisher’s abstract to her book Wisdom, Attachment, and Love in Trauma Therapy: Beyond Evidence-Based Practice:
Wisdom, Attachment, and Love in Trauma Therapy focuses on the creation of the therapist as healing presence rather than technique administrator—in other words, how to be rather than what to do. Trauma survivors need wise therapists who practice with the union of intellect, knowledge, and intuition. Through self-work, therapists can learn to embody healing qualities that foster an appropriate, corrective, and loving experience in treatment that transcends any technique. This book shows how Eastern wisdom teachings and Western psychotherapeutic modalities combine with modern theory to support a knowledgeable, compassionate, and wise therapist who is equipped to help even the most traumatized person heal.
- Subscribes to an extremely simplistic model of memory to explain traumatic amnesia and recovery.
- Argues that the reason abusers use ritual elements is that these close spiritual doors to escape and recovery, and it is generally by spiritual means that extreme abuse survivors achieve these aims. The ritual elements are part of the sophisticated programming we hear so much about - it builds in defenses against escape routes. This argument is actually kind of clever, but it’s also an ahistorical account of fictitious events.
- Argues that the history of “witch hunts” - including the Salem witch hunt - is in part a pogrom against psychics, psionics, intuitives, witches, wisdom people, healers, etc. She considers herself to have extraordinary intuitive abilities. She argues that this pogrom and Western cultural attitudes towards these alternative notions feed off each other in a kind of inquisition (her word) that Western culture is just now coming out of. She cites as evidence of this the mass embrace of alternative medicine, psychic phenomena, etc.
- Describes herself as a “wisdom-teacher.”
In her own words
- Ritual Abuse (RA) survivors have a unique set of triggers. Because so many are abused in rituals around Halloween (Satanic and Witchcraft ceremonial time) these triggers can get very activating. In some cases, there may be programming to return to the cult for ceremony. These internally installed prompts may be conscious or, more likely, unconscious especially for those who are still under cult control and connection.
- In response to the question Do you believe that people can have repressed memories of trauma that they recall later in their life? - “There has been a big debate in the media about this, but in the world of professional trauma therapy the debate has been over for a while. The answer is “yes, of course” … If memories start to surface in your therapy, you will want to make sure that you will be believed and helped. It is extremely poor therapy to answer ‘no’ to this question, because that indicates the presence of dogma and a closed mind.”
- My clients are a diverse group with one commonality - they have all suffered trauma, complex trauma and/or extreme trauma. Many have DID. Some are survivors of ritual abuse and mind control. My clients tend to be intuitive, highly sensitive people with experiences that fall outside of 'ordinary reality'. Some identify as "lightworkers" or "star seeds". People come to my office with a variety of belief systems. I treat all ages including kids. I welcome all genders and sexual orientations.
- “Many of the people I see already have memories of trauma; they just don’t know that they do. “
- “DID is always the result of severe and prolonged trauma. There has to be immense force involved to shatter a mind.”
- “Susan’s advice to young therapists: “Education [sic] yourself two ways: 1) Learn about trauma and the neurobiology of trauma, and 2) Scare yourself just enough so that you understand and get a tiny taste of what your clients have been experiencing their entire childhood.”
- From the course description of "Navigating Countertransference with Ritually Abused Clients":
Survivors of ritual abuse and mind control are stepping forward in unprecedented numbers on social media and revealing themselves in therapy settings. These clients are almost universally engineered with techniques that involve creation of polyfragmented Dissociative Identity Disorder. Treating such clients requires a high degree of skill, especially in forming and maintaining a caring treatment relationship. In many cases these clients have been conditioned to accept that they are unlovable and untreatable. Their experiences are extreme and highly traumatic. In some cases their handlers (abusers) have even mimicked psychologists and/or psychiatrists creating aversive conditioning to therapy itself.