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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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Caution: Over Spiritualizing Reaction by Stacy Piccolo

​Do not deny what comes up with your reaction.  Reactions aren’t all bad–as some distorted spiritual teachings claim them to be.  There are times when they show us where we can no longer accept certain behavior or treatment from another. Nowadays, many of us are turning towards spirituality and ancient

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Defects of Character or Emotional Parts: Using Structural Dissociation to Reframe Step Six by Michael Gargano, LMHC, CASAC-2

Treatment centers and 12-step communities need to begin normalizing dissociation within the addicted person’s experience. Trauma and dissociation are often left out of the discussion in addiction treatment and recovery worlds. Survivors of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and other traumatic experiences note with consistency and frequency the value of compartmentalization plays

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Revisiting The Four Faces of EMDR: 10 Years Later by Dr. Jamie Marich

​ I grew up tortured by the tenets of fundamentalist Evangelical Christianity, and in my young adulthood, navigated to conservative communities within Catholicism. While some use my background against me, saying that I’m unnecessarily guarded, I believe that proactively healing from the wounds of spiritual abuse these last two decades

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Adapting in the Face of a Pandemic by Anna Schott, MSW, LISW-S

Adapt – to make suitable for new use or purpose; become adjusted to new conditions (merriam-webster.com) COVID-19 has brought disruption to everyone’s lives in so many different ways.  I never imagined my life and daily routines would be so drastically altered in a week.  My kids are at home all

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The Line by Dr. Mara Tesler Stein

​You know it’s over when they let you enter without first scrubbing your hands. This ends one of two ways. Only one means coming home with the one you love. Safety precautions are no easier in intensive care, just clearer. The ventilator, translucent skin, the unsteady beat of the monitors–all

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Dear Friends:

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness continues to keep a close watch on the COVID-19 pandemic. From the beginning, we emerged as leaders in providing therapists with important Telehealth skills, and many free resources remain available on our website. We are also leaders in the transition to offering EMDR Therapy Training online, and encourage you to explore our site for these and more opportunities to study with ICM online or in person. A select number of our faculty are offering in person EMDR trainings under safety protocols recommended by their states. Please feel free to make use of our free resources for both clinicians and the community at large.

Best wishes for peace and wellness,

Dr. Jamie Marich