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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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Community Contributions from Life: The Path of Meditation

Dr. Jamie Marich and Irene Rodriguez facilitated eighteen clinicians through our annual Life: The Path of Meditation expressive arts online retreat on January 8, 2023. We are grateful that several of our participants chose to share their poems and other expressions with us to share with you here on our

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The Dissociation Made Simple Playlist

The process of making playlists is a great joy for me and an important aspect of living life in expressive arts process. These songs emerged, in one way or another, as meaningful to me during the flow of writing and editing Dissociation Made Simple. Their collection may not make a

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Understanding Dissociation: A Journey of Discovering Us

What is dissociation? Apparently, it’s when you have the urge to say something, have a thought, or experience a feeling followed by the overwhelming sense that you don’t dare say, think, feel it, or otherwise show the external world because there will be TROUBLE! Or is it? In early summer

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Getting Through The Holidays

The holidays are a time of enhanced emotional experiences for most people. The lights, anticipation of family togetherness, music, and nostalgia can create feelings of happiness and excitement for some. For trauma survivors, the holidays often bring emotions of sadness, loneliness, and pain. For family trauma survivors, the holidays are

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Pal, This is Not a Holy War

As I slowly moved down another painful declining portion on my second day walking the Camino de Santiago, my already injured knee rolled in and loudly popped. Intuitively, I knew that I was done for the day on these legs that already walked 12 miles plus 14 ½ the day

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Shadow Play: An Expressive Arts Practice

The call and response poem is when 2, 3, or more folks are gathered together. One person starts with a title or first line, and passes to the other person until the poem feels complete. This poem, inspired by an Irene Rodriguez photo asks us, “What if we looked at

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Just One More…

When you are young and disabled, nobody tells you that one day, using your arms as legs will cause your shoulders to wear down, you will be in pain, and have neck issues. When you are young and disabled, nobody ever tells you it’s ok to take a break or

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Everyone Must Walk Their Own Camino

At some point in 2017, Irene Rodriguez, one of my dearest friends and professional collaborators, mentioned that she wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago.  “Me too!,” I said, having been fascinated by the ancient route since watching the 2010 movie The Way starring Martin Sheen.  However, my connection to

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