Utah doctor helping with Joey Buttafuoco story

** FILE ** Joey Buttafuoco, left, who made national headlines a decade ago when his 17-year-old girlfriend shot his wife in the face, listens as his lawyer Jonathan Kissel addresses the court during hearing in this Jan. 7, 2004 file photo, in Los Angeles. Buttafuoco was released from jail after serving three months for illegally possessing ammunition, authorities said. Buttafuoco, 50, walked out of Los Angeles County Jail just before 9 a.m. Saturday. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File )

More than 25 years ago Joey Buttafuoco became a national figure when he was involved in an affair with 17-year old Amy Fisher, a young woman who later approached Joey’s wife and shot her in the face.

Robert Pope is a doctor based in Lehi, Utah who for 18 months has added Buffafuoco to a client list that he helps get through past conditioning and trauma into powerful, joyful lives. A movie about Buttafuoco’s life is being considered and Joey sought Dr. Pope’s help in dealing with this next period in his life.

”The work that I do, what I focus on, is helping people get freed up from the constraints of their past,” Dr. Pope explained. “And I mean constraints because they’ve gone through things and they’ve decided what’s possible and what’s not possible for them.

“We get stuck in our story about who we are and about what the world is, who others are, and we operate our lives from that limited perspective.”

Last Friday Dr. Pope appeared with Buttafuoco on ABC’s two-hour documentary on 20/20, “Growing Up Buttafuoco”.

“For me it was really obvious he was much more calm, he was much more centered, he was more responsible. He was taking accountability for what he did back then.

“He seemed happier. There wasn’t the angst and the anger you would see in his face in earlier pictures and recordings from the past. Overall I thought he did really, really well.”

Dr. Pope is the founder of the Transperative Coaching Method which he said he uses to disconnect his clients from victim hood.

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