Press Release – A Compelling Tapestry of Dreams, Forgotten Memories and Spiritual Recovery


A Compelling Tapestry of Dreams, Forgotten Memories and Spiritual Recovery

Alexandria, VA – August 21, 2012 – In a deeply personal story of abuse, forgotten memories, perseverance and triumph, therapist Mike Deninger chronicles his transformation into a healer and champion of those suffering from trauma. In his new memoir Snakes in My Dreams: A Mental Health Therapist’s Odyssey from Hardship to Healer (Unrivaled Books), we meet a father, husband, and prominent educator of the deaf who is concealing secrets he believes must never be divulged.

He is attracted to men, a cause of confusion and self-loathing. He also suffers privately from anxiety, depression, and alcoholism; problems that have plagued him since his youth. But there comes a time in his late 30’s when Deninger can no longer suppress his pain. He begins a search for the roots of his distress, filling journals with all his memories and recording every dream in pursuit of answers. In therapy, he uncovers repressed memories of incest, which he learns are fueling his inner turmoil.

In this skillfully crafted memoir Deninger reveals how he found his way to truth. Journal entries and dreams are interspersed throughout the unfolding story and illuminate the interplay between conscious and unconscious thought. Then by meticulously connecting the dots the author demonstrates how the mind shields us from overwhelming events and how previously blocked images return to consciousness.

“The purpose of this memoir is to stimulate others to find their own truth,” Deninger says. “My personal experiences shed light on the process of healing from trauma and repressed memories—for both those in recovery and mental health professionals. The story brings hope to those whose self-esteem has been damaged by the buffetings of life and demonstrates the integral roles that love and forgiveness of self and others play on the road to wellness.”

Clearly this is not a tale of incest alone. It’s also a story of the author’s coming out, coming into his own, and joyfully claiming spiritual renewal. This memoir is unique because of the many issues encountered in one man’s life: depression, anxiety, addiction, acceptance of homosexuality, memories of incest, rejection from a parent, the tragic death of a partner, a career change, religious conflict, and a final resolution in which love triumphs over pain and brokenness.

Born into a large working class family in Rochester, New York, Deninger rose from humble beginnings to a leadership position in the field of deafness. As a Dean at Gallaudet University he hid his problems well until undergoing a metamorphosis. He now enjoys sharing his skills, knowledge, and wisdom in his current role as a mental health therapist and through his writings, workshops, and presentations. “I understand from the inside out what it’s like to suffer from tragedy,” he explains, and he’s keenly aware of the renewal that’s possible when one frees the mind, relaxes the will, and cultivates the inner spirit. “Snakes in my Dreams conveys the truth I feel obligated to share before my time is up,” Deninger concludes.

Deninger received a BA in English and a MS in Special Education from Canisius College. He earned his PhD with distinction in Special Education Administration and a MA in Mental Health Counseling, both from Gallaudet University. Licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia, Deninger holds certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors.  He is also certified as a clinical hypnotherapist by the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists and as a trainer of Eye Movement Integration™, Ericksonian Hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming by the American Hypnosis Training Academy.

Please visit Dr. Mike Deninger’s website at



Lenore Terr, MD, Author of Too Scared to Cry and Unchained Memories: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found: “With Snakes in My Dreams, Dr. Mike Deninger, a highly gifted man who has successfully pursued two very demanding careers, takes the reader on a compelling journey….“Dr. Mike offers us fascinating journal entries and dream descriptions….His memory fragments and the larger stories that lie behind them should be of great interest to anyone curious about how and why we forget key events in our pasts. What Mike does to rebalance himself, once he has remembered, creates equal fascination.

This is a powerful story told by a powerful writer….a page turner and a psychological thriller…”

Ron Klein, Executive Director, National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists: “With this memoir Mike has distinguished himself as a persuasive writer and bold chronicler of traumatic memories. For years I have known Mike to be a talented therapist and master trainer of mental health professionals. With his compelling life story my esteemed colleague, and gifted healer, raises himself yet another notch in my estimation.”

Jorge Ramirez, PhD, President, Male Survivor: The International Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization:  “Snakes in My Dreams is an amazing read. We should all congratulate Mike Deninger for giving us this spellbinding memoir that eloquently describes his journey and his life. Seldom have I read anything as extremely personal for me as it was for the writer.”



~ by adelesymonds on August 22, 2012.

3 Responses to “Press Release – A Compelling Tapestry of Dreams, Forgotten Memories and Spiritual Recovery”

  1. I like psychological thrillers. It’s always intriguing when a mental health professional pens one.

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