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Heart Assisted Therapy: Integrating Heart Energy to Facilitate Emotional Health, Healing, and Performance Enhancement by John H. Diepold, Jr., Ph.D. was published on January 25, 2018 and is now available!

The 7 x 10 black & white paperback in the psychology / clinical psychology category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $49.95. [Note: If Amazon lists the book as "out of stock" they are playing games and blaming the publisher. In this event, please order from Outskirts Press (link below), or Barnes & Noble, or from me directly.]

The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication and allows for easy purchase. Opportunity to purchase directly from Dr. Diepold is also an option, if desired. Please see more details below.

Some information and comments about HAT and the book

Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT) is a holistic, humanistic, mind-body, and energy-science approach to psychotherapy that helps people recover and heal from traumatic life experiences.  HAT can also help those who want to heal from the sting of loss and grieving, manage the many faces of anxiety, and improve their performance. 
This book is more than a manual describing the evolving development of HAT and how to engage the HAT model of psychotherapy. It also integrates and synthesizes my clinical experiences in providing psychotherapy over three decades, and offers paradigm challenging procedures, concepts, and conjecture on the nature of effective psychotherapy. While this book was written primarily for psychotherapy and health care professionals, a version of HAT, called HAT-SR, can be used by anyone and is included. (See Table of Contents below)
Dr. Diepold is a licensed psychologist with 37 years of clinical experience.  He has been a contributing member (and former Board Member) of ACEP since the organization’s inception, and is a long time member of the New Jersey Psychological Association (and a former Board Member), the South Jersey Psychological Association (and a former President), a Life Member of the American Psychological Association, and earned the Diplomate status with the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. He has also worked with local high school and college sports teams and individual athletes to improve performance.
Dr. Diepold has been doing outcome research using a HAT-SR protocol with elders and their caretakers in Moorestown, and has a scientific research team at the University of Arizona studying the influences of HAT components on the heart-brain-hands connection.
Table of Contents
Foreword (By Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.)                                                                       
Chapter 1: Clinical Realities and the Evolution of HAT                                                       
Chapter 2: Successful Psychotherapy and Core Ingredients                                                 
Chapter 3: The Heart of it All                                                                                             
Chapter 4: The Role of Our Innate Electro-Physiology                                                          
Chapter 5: The Heart-Breath Treatment Approach with HAT                                                 
Chapter 6: An Integrative Energy Bonanza                                                                          
Chapter 7: Anatomy of an Acceptance Statement                                                                   
Chapter 8: The Basic Clinical Protocol                                                                                
Chapter 9: Future Performance Imagery: Preparing For The Future                                         
Chapter 10: Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT): Quick Overview of Basic Protocol                      
Chapter 11: The Therapeutic Stance in HAT                                                                       
Chapter 12: Nuances and Dragons                                                                                      
Chapter 13: Key for Note Keeping                                                                                      
Chapter 14: HAT Advanced Application Considerations                                                       
Chapter 15: Healing and Adjusting to Loss, Grieving, and Bereavement                                 
Chapter 16: Treatment of Severe and Multiple Traumatic Experiences                                    
Chapter 17: Using HAT With Self-Sabotaging Behaviors: Elaters and the
                  Influence of the Positive                                                                           
Chapter 18: Pain Management Issues: An Integrated Application of HAT                               
Chapter 19: Sport and Performance Enhancement                                                                  
Chapter 20: The Optional Use of Muscle-Checking                                                               
Chapter 21: The Heart Assisted Therapy Self-Regulation (HAT-SR) Protocols                         
Chapter 22: HAT Applications in Mindful-Education                                                            
Chapter 23: HAT Applications in Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing                                        
Chapter 24: Using HAT with Children and Adolescents                                                          
Chapter 25: Examples of HAT in Clinical Practice: Evidence for Clinical Efficacy                   
Chapter 26: Anecdotes and After-Thoughts                                                                           
Chapter 27: Model Building and Thoughts About How HAT Works                                          
Chapter 28: Research with HAT                                                                                             
Chapter 29: The Flow To and From Boundless Consciousness                                                
Chapter 30: Providing Background Information Before Initiating HAT                                     
Chapter 31: Epilogue: The Future of Heart Assisted Therapy                                                   
Appendix A: The HAT-SR Protocols                                                                                     
Appendix B: Heart Assisted Therapy: The Original Model (HAT-MC)                                      
Appendix C: The Oath of Hippocrates                                                                                   
References and Selected Bibliography                                                                                  
Contact Information                                                                                                             
More Therapist Comments about HAT                                                                                  
About the Author                                                                                                                
To provide some insight about the book, I am sharing the Forword written by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz.


Discovering the Heart of Therapy

Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D

I can see you’ve got a change in mind, but what we need is a change in heart.
In Change in Mind, Change of Heart, Carole King

When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the
most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact.
He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions; that is the heart of science.
Carl Sagan, Ph.D

Does the field of psychotherapy – or health care in general – need another book about psychotherapy? For example, when we search for books on psychotherapy available from, the list contains over 55,000 titles!

The truth is, before I had the privilege to come to know Dr. John Diepold and read his innovative, inspiring, and integrative book, my response would have been a conservative “no”. However, after studying this visionary book, I can emphatically report that I have come to the conclusion that this one-of-a-kind book deserves to be considered as required reading for anyone involved in psychotherapy applications and research, whether you are a seasoned practitioner and / or academic, or you are a student just learning the art and science of psychotherapy.

Before helping you understand some of my reasons for this resounding endorsement, I should share with you a bit of my professional background so you can judge whether my laudatory conclusion is worth your taking seriously. Briefly, I was a student in one of the last cohorts of students in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the waning years of the Department of Social Relations at Harvard University. My clinical training included psychoanalysis, client centered therapy, and behavior therapy; my specialization was in cardiovascular psychophysiology and personality. I served as a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Yale University, director of the Yale Psychophysiology Center, and co-director of the Yale Behavioral Medicine Clinic. Moreover, I twice served as the acting director of the clinical psychology Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology at Yale. For over two decades I have been a professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona and direct its Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health. I was awarded one of two NIH funded Centers of Frontier Medicine in Biofield Sciences which I directed for four years.

It turns out that all of this training and experience is valuable in my understanding and appreciating the breadth and depth of what Dr. Diepold has termed Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT). In fact, I have come to the conclusion that what Dr. Diepold has discovered is that heart (in general) and HAT (in particular) can be justifiably thought of as being “the heart of therapy.”

As you will learn, HAT is a relatively simple – yet conceptually sophisticated – therapeutic technique that can be (1) integrated within a wide variety of psychotherapies, and (2) applied to a large variety of clinical conditions. I am not going to take your time to explain what HAT is; the author does this so clearly in his descriptions as well as with his numerous exemplary clinical cases. All that you need to know in this Foreword is that a core component of the HAT technique involves the systematic crossing of one’s hands over one’s heart, in sync with one’s breathing, what Dr. Diepold calls “heart breaths,” and that the careful and creative application of these procedures in unison with the HAT protocol have the potential to dramatically improve the therapeutic and cost effectiveness of psychotherapy and counseling.

Here are some of my reasons for celebrating Heart Assisted Therapy:

  1. Not only is the author a highly skilled psychotherapist who has extensive clinical experience with traditional (including psychoanalytic, client centered, and cognitive behavior therapy) as well as contemporary (including neurolinguistic programming, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, and thought field therapy) approaches, but he keeps learning and growing from the laboratory of his therapy office. The author addresses and honors all of these approaches to therapy, and then he extends them. In the process, Dr. Diepold practices what Dr. Carl Sagan calls the “Heart of Science.”

  2. The author’s comprehensive approach to understanding the complex mechanisms involved in HAT integrates (1) cardiovascular neuroscience and psychophysiology, with (2) contemporary biophysics and bio eld science. Moreover, he acknowledges (3) the potential role of Chinese meridians and (4) Indian Chakra energy centers as well. Dr. Diepold is not afraid to be both creative and careful; he generally follows Dr. Neal Miller’s wise words that we be “Bold in what we try, and cautious in what we claim.” There is, however, one exception that you will discover (I refrain from revealing the surprise); the author expresses this controversial claim in a semi-playful manner.

  1. The author not only provides details regarding the HAT procedures and its applications so that new as well as seasoned psychotherapists can learn to use the technique, but he also provides extensive clinical case examples that illustrate how HAT can assist and enhance success in therapy.

  2. The author has also taken the HAT clinical protocol, which appears to access our self-regulatory mechanisms, and abridged and tailored it for use by non-therapists and researchers (called HAT-SR protocols) to help manage emotional distress and promote calm and stability. The potential uses of these protocols by mental health counselors, social workers, nurses, physicians, massage therapists, and energy healers, are numerous.

  3. The author appreciates the need for basic science as well as applied re- search, and he is committed to seeing that these essential systematic experiments are conducted. A formal research program has begun employing the B-Alert X10 telemetry EEG-ECG recording system to document how HAT fosters changes (1) in the heart, (2) in the brain, and (3) in the heart- brain relationship.

  4. And the author deeply cares about the process of communication. He has written a book that is easy to read, is playful at times, and even includes some memorable humor. One of my favorites is his semi-tongue-in-cheek energy psychology extension of Einstein’s famous formula,  EP = MC2. I am afraid you will have to read the book to learn what the formula means

It is hard not to appreciate and enjoy a book when it mixes conventional professional chapters such as “Clinical Realities and the Evolution of HAT,” “Successful Psychotherapy and Core Ingredients,” “Healing and Adjusting to Loss, Grieving, and Bereavement,” and “HAT Applications in Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing,” with novel visionary chapters such as “An Integrated Energy Bonanza,” “Using HAT with Self-Sabotaging Behaviors: Elaters and The Influence of the Positive”, “Anecdotes and After-Thoughts,” and “The Flow To and From Boundless Consciousness.” In a word, this book is both serious and fun. What a delightful combination of information and writing.

My sense is that Heart Assisted Therapy is a seminal book, and it has the potential to become a classic. This is a book that cannot only change our minds, but it can change our hearts as well. My recommendation is, “be prepared to be enlightened....”


Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D., is professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry and Surgery, and Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona. He also serves as Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch Resorts, an internationally known wellness corpora- tion. For four years he directed a 1.8 million dollar NIH funded Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Sciences. Dr. Schwartz has published more than 450 scientific papers, including 6 papers in the journal Science, is the co-editor of 11 academic books, and is the author or co-author of 8 books, including The Living Energy Universe and The Energy Healing Experiments. 

Some comments by therapists who have studied and use HAT in their daily practice of psychotherapy:

HAT has become my “go-to” intervention, especially when working with traumatized combat veterans. HAT is a powerful, efficient, and gentle cutting-edge treatment that is easy to use, and is both therapist and client friendly.

Dr. Diepold presents HAT in a clear, thorough, and concise manner that is intended to play- fully spark curiosity, break new ground, and deepen clinical awareness. HAT complements any theoretical orientation, and can be employed throughout the diagnostic spectrum. It is also highly efficient for any type of performance enhancement and is appropriate for use with all ages. It is my belief that HAT will create a paradigm shift in how presenting issues are conceptualized and addressed. This is a book that the curious clinician may want to read more than once!

Roger Eugene Poiré, Psy.D., Gilford, NH 


Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT) is the most elegant approach to helping my clients resolve their issues. People with complex, intractable problems like PTSD and other anxiety disorders respond so well to HAT. Rather than running the risk of re-traumatizing these people by using traditional talk therapy, HAT simply and humanely allows the person to heal their wounds. I’m the guide, but it’s the client who leads us in the right direction.

HAT gives me the confidence as a practitioner to trust our innate ability to heal.

Eric B. Levin, Ph.D., Philadelphia, PA 


Heart Assisted Therapy is a gentle yet profound approach to emotional healing. It allows the patient’s innate wisdom to be the guide. I am continually amazed at the deep level of healing that can occur in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Diepold’s approach is nothing short of brilliant.

Betsy E. Fernbach, Psy.D., Cherry Hill, NJ & Bala Cynwyd, PA. 


In my search for effective and efficient ways to help people resolve problems and happily move on in their lives, I have explored a wide range of therapeutic approaches. Among the most effective I have found is Heart Assisted Therapy (HAT), developed by my good friend and colleague, Dr. John Diepold. I highly recommend this method to therapists of all persua- sions. It will bring a delightful addition that you can integrate with what you already do in your service to people. John’s book is a generous open door to this exciting approach.

Fred P. Gallo Ph.D., DCEP Author of Energy Psychology, and Energy Tapping for Trauma 


HAT has profoundly changed my practice as a psychotherapist. It took my practice into a higher gear. My clients are very satisfied an enthusiast about this model of care. I have been applying HAT in my practice daily for more than 10 years. This approach gave me a new way of thinking about human emotions, brain, and the importance of the heart. The HAT approach is simultaneously simple and complex. It causes an undoing process and a deep change in emotions, thoughts and bodily sensations. It brings calmness and serenity.

Walter De Jongh, Psychologist, Belgium 


I am using only HAT in my own practice because it is simply the best psychotherapeutic intervention method I know of; fast, smooth and lasting results. Finally, an intervention method that really works. HAT is elegant, quick, gentle, safe, and respectful in its execution, and yields profound and lasting positive results for the client.

drs. MJJ Hagens, Psychologist, The Netherlands 


My experience has been amazing using HAT 8-10 times a week with clients. The progress that clients make from distressing feelings to resolution and creative problem solving is the most rapid I have seen. Previously, I had been using EMDR for over 10 years.

I love how organic and easy it is for clients to use HAT for themselves to increase mindfulness and self-compassion. It resolves trauma more quickly than anything I have seen.

Karen McGreer, RN, LMFT, Marlton, NJ. 


I have been using HAT in my practice almost daily for the past six years. HAT is client driven and directed, and with the assistance of the protocol, the client naturally goes where they need to in order for healing to occur.

It has been my experience that once introduced, HAT is literally the most efficient route to the heart of the matter that brought the client into therapy. Shifts in perspective are profound.

Thomas E Dinsmore, LCSW, Kittery, ME. 


Ordering a book directly from Dr. John Diepold:

Here are the steps to follow:
1. Send me an email that you would like to purchase a copy of the       book (go to Contact Us). Please let me know if you want more         than one copy and any specific instructions.
2. If you would like me to sign the book(s), please indicate this.
3. The price of the book directly from me is $40.00 plus $5.00 for       mailing (Total $45.00)
4. Payment options are:

    Makes checks payable to: John H. Diepold, Jr., Ph.D.
    Mailing Address: 703 E. Main Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057 

    Or use this electronic payment link, which also supports the           Heart Assisted Therapy Foundation:  


5. Please indicate how you will be making payment (mailing check       or electronic payment). Once payment is received, I will send         the book along to you!

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