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Redefine Therapy

Our work and our mission is to redefine therapy and our conversations are about the art and practice of healing. This blog was launched in May 2018 by Dr. Jamie Marich, affiliates, and friends.

  Originally published on the Dancing Mindfulness Expressive Arts Therapy Blog, 5/4/2017 If you’ve followed Dancing Mindfulness and other projects connected to my Institute for Creative Mindfulness work, you’ve likely encountered the hashtag #redefinetherapy. What started as a book chapter and a hashtag is quickly turning into a movement that you

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The Capacity to Be Honest

Dr. Jamie Marich explores their journey through addiction recovery and trauma treatment, emphasizing the transformative power of honesty in confronting societal stigmas, challenging clinical norms, and advocating for authenticity and inclusivity in trauma care.

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Continuing Miseducation

“Girl, I heard you speak for 10 minutes and I knew they couldn’t keep you locked up in the university.” This comment, delivered with enthusiasm by a social worker at a continuing education seminar that I offered on trauma remains the compliment I treasure the most. I entered my first

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Being Myselves

“Nice to meet you, what’s your name?” “Hi, I’m . . . uh . . . Le . . .I mean Ky . . .uh Tiffany.” Cue the laughter and awkward glances thrown my way. Telling people your name isn’t supposed to be overly difficult to do. Everyone knows their

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To Dance is My Rebellion

To dance is my rebellion. To move this body through time and space, to move unapologetically, expansively, refusing to shrink, to be silent, to disappear. Take up space. Letting go of what no longer serves me,  While acknowledging the history that this body carries. MY body speaking truth. Exposed. Every

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Am I In A Therapy Cult?

Lately, more therapists in my circles who are critical of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) approach to therapy are calling the culture around this method, developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, a cult, or at very least describing it as cultish. As someone who dislikes most aspects of the approach myself,

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Contributions from the Writer’s Retreat (March 2023)

Intention by Julie H. Richards My intention: I can be open to what wants to be expressed through me.  Open receptivity To be willing To be present To create To express To go slow To savor To linger To bring more of myself to the world, to my family, to me

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