Self help for corrections and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Permanent relief from aggressive or violent behavior with self therapy (RST)

Proven to work in theory and practice-No supervision needed

Not just for those with diagnosed emotional disorders, but for ALL offenders

The redirecting self-therapy (RST) for emotional disorders is based on the scientific discovery published in an article entitled, The toxic mind: the biology of mental illness and violence, in Medical Hypotheses, 2000; 55(4)356-368, Elnora Van Winkle, Retired Research Scientist, Millhauser Laboratories, NYU School of Medicine. (Mail to: PO Box 893, Murray Hill Station, New York, NY, USA) To read the article click on: Full Text

For the self therapy in 23 languages please click on The Biology of Emotions

From Scientists, Recovered Persons, Correctional Facilities, and The Bible


Since the article, The Biology of Emotions, was posted on the Internet early in 1999 hundreds persons have contacted me and used the self therapy, and countless others printed out the pamphlet. For all who used the self therapy as described there was permanent relief from chronic anxiety and depression and full recovery from addictions. There is an eGroup archive for persons using the self-help (inactive since Ellie's passing).

"Beautifully formulated and expressed." Reviewer, The Journal of Theoretical Biology.

"Pioneering. I have been writing for decades about how nations go through cycles of feeling toxic and then going to war to purge themselves." Lloyd de Mause, Psychohistory.

"Extremely impressive…promising." Editor, Psychophysiology.

"Compelling and intriguing." Reviewer, Psychiatry.

"Magnificent, awesome." Nutritionist.

"When I read your abstract it was as though all the dots in my brain connected. Thousands will read it. I am incorporating the principles in my therapy and will give it to friends who work in prisons. "Psychotherapist

"I will be writing a paper about this for a school psychology journal." School psychologist.

"I want to commend you for the work you have done in exploring the roots of violence in our society. Thank you for sending the informative article about toxicosis in the brain, it's impact on emotional disorders and addictions, and self-help measures to speed recovery. I will distribute it to interested individuals and organizations. Thank you for taking the time to contact the Mayor to share your ideas. (i.e. to distribute to the homeless)" Associate Commissioner, New York City Department of Mental Health.

The pamphlet with self therapy based on this discovery has been sent to prisons in the USA, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Japan, Cyprus,Estonia, Latvia, Kenya, Thailand, Iceland, San Marino, Zimbabwe, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, The Bahamas, Poland, Trinidad and Tobago, Swaziland, Zambia, France, Luxemboug, Switzerland, Croatia, Colombia, New Zealand, Italy, Sri Lanka, Chile, Hong Kong, Turkmenistan, Belgium, Armenia, Brazil, Lebanon, South Africa, The Netherlands, Malaysia, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Argentina, and Iran.

To print out the pamphlet and make copies for prisoners go to:


Available in 23 languages

"The Lord sets the prisoners free." Psalms: 147:7--prisons of bars and prisons of the mind.

"You are absolutely correct that when one of our wards decides to setout on the path to recovery, self-help as well as structured programs such as the twelve step are effective. Your personal biography adds perspective." Director, State of California Youth Correctional Agency.

The Zambian Prison Service requested 15,000 pamphlets for their prisoners, and 5,000 pamphlets have gone to Swaziland.

"Thank you for your information. I found it very informative and helpful. I really appreciate it. I also respect your continuous effort to fight against violence." Corrections Bureau, Ministry of Justice, Japan

"We will translate if necessary." Estonian Prison Board.

"Thank you, I am grateful for this extremely useful information, we will distribute the pamphlets to our 15 prisons and Prison Staff Training Centre." Head of Latvian Prison Administration.

"Thank you. Kindly send us copies of your pamphlet. We will gladly forward them to our Prisons in Kenya through diplomatic channels." US Ambassador from Kenya.

"I am happy to distribute your material. I appreciate the value these programs can have in work with offenders. I will ensure that it is distributed via our INTRANET to all centres throughout the state of Queensland." Department of Corrections, Queensland, Australia.

We have translated your pamphlet...into Slovak language...we have 18 prison institutions and the pamphlet will be sent to all of them." Director General of the Slovak Prison Administration.

"We are translating to Czech. Every word you say is the sound of the bell of hope and liberty. We plan to spread the long version among our prison physicians as a sort of manual. Thanks for Your immeasurable efforts." One year later: The rate of violence in Czech prisons surprisingly declined last year." Ladislav Valent, Prison Service of the Czech Republic.

The Office of the Presidency of South Africa responded by sending the pamphlet to their Ministry of Health for further attention.

I am pleased to have had thank you letters from some heads of state, the presidency of Iran, President William Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, and George W. Bush, Jr. governors, and mayors in response to my request for their assistance with the prison project.

Lucien De Deyn, noted psychotherapist of Brussels is helping to promote the project in Belgian prisons.

"And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore." Isaiah 2:4.

"I was mentally ill and locked on violent wards in mental hospitals for many years. I had serious addictions and suffered intense anxiety and depression.  I turned my anger inward in suicidal rage. At age 70, after using the self-help measures for a few months my anxiety and depression were gone.  Within a year I was free of emotional disorders and addictions.  I have all the emotions I was born with, anger, sadness, and joy. My mind is at peace." Ellie

"I searched endlessly for help from depression, dread, fear, and emptiness in my life.  I have at last been given permission to express my anger in a way that would not effect others or leave me feeling bad, wrong, guilty, or worse. I can feel the toxins coming out.  It's working.  I am so excited.  It's all ringing true. I feel alive for the first time ever. I feel joy and a sense of well-being and relief. The theory is brilliant, simple, and beautiful." Cathy

"What made a difference to me was the redirecting concept…to give back the anger to those who triggered it. It did not fix my marriage--it salvaged it. We were talking about separation.  Guess what the main reason for a divorce would have been--'uncontrollable outbursts of violence' on my part. I had been chronically depressed for 25 years. Now it is three months that I haven't felt depressed. I can't believe I am even saying this, having turned round and round in circles for 10 years in therapy. The second crucial point was about nutrition, with some principles to follow to help the physical recovery process. And some reassurance as to why it is so difficult to stop taking drugs (alcohol, sugar and coffee being my three top ones) and how I could hope for getting slowly weaned as I get better. Now I trust my own body and soul to know the way." Lynn

"I was touched by your story. It is truly wonderful and speaks volumes for the efficiency of this approach. I had a major depressive episode that almost cost me my life. I was in despair. I tried screaming and hitting inanimate objects to turn the depression into anger. The results were astonishing. My depression lifted immediately. I found my repressed anger against my mom and worked at it so effectively I really understand where the term "flood" comes from. I had my worst suicidal attack while on an antidepressant. I no longer use antidepressants. I have lost interest in TV violence. Thank you so much for helping me out with my depression. 1998 was the worst year of my life. 1999 has been the best of my life. And I am confident more good years are to come. I am, like countless other lost souls, very grateful. I am unable to properly express how important I think the work is that you are doing." Frank

"I have continued to mentally redirect and connect the "bad" feelings--any feelings of becoming small, vulnerable, feeling less than, feeling abandoned, alone, stupid or ugly. Since I usually feel "small" around other people I do this mentally even at work. It levels out my low mood within minutes. My lingering depression which lasted for almost a year is pretty much lifted. It works!! I am feeling so much better. The beating on the bed didn't work for me. Instead I am in a cycling class with pumping, aggressive, outrageous music, and as I am cycling like a madwoman I am imagining my strength at decimating my tormentors. It is very physical and I feel so released. Their faces appear less and less. My best to you Ellie and your wonderful messages." Cindy

I am still marveling that IT REALLY WORKS!!! It does. These simple measures are an incredible gift to enable people to get their life back.I haven't awakened or gone to sleep depressed in weeks. Before I did the self therapy, I was depressed almost every single day. I had been chronically depressed for 50 years, and recovered completely from depression in just a month. My life is very, very different now, wonderfully so. I have normal little upsets now, like anyone else, but I can deal with it and feel good again. My relationships with people are amazing now that I no longer have the mental filter of my past relationships with family to get in the way of reacting authentically. I eat mostly raw food and my food addiction is gone. What a blessing! I am so happy these days! It just keeps getting better and better. It is so wonderful to be actualizing my dreams. Every little thing is so precious now, not just my career goals, which are now materializing. Every little thing. I'm making my apartment a beautiful, fun place now. I am getting so excited about beautiful colors again and love to just browse in the art store. Same thing happens in toy stores now. Color is such a gateway for me to joy and to the inner dimensions. But I had lost it quite a bit over the years. I am filled with so much gratitude and enjoyment of my life now. I've truly been given new life. (Gee, I sound like a born-again.) Yep, that's it. It's a bit like being born again! :-) :-) :-)Shirley (Note: Shirley's rapid recovery was probably due to the fact that her diet was mostly raw food. For others, recovery usually takes longer.)

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother. And a mans' foes shall be they of his own household." Matthew: 10:34-36.

"And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4

Recovered persons are attracted to diets of mostly natural foods. "Garden's of Eden into which they shall enter; rivers shall flow beneath their shades; all they wish for shall they find therein!" The Koran

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and a little child shall lead them." Isaiah 11:6. We who have recovered are like little children and are bringing this message of healing to the world.

The toxic mind: the biology of mental illness and violence, Medical Hypotheses 2000; 55(4): 356-368.

The self help measures are in the article: The Biology of Emotions