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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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I Wanted to Write You A Think Piece

I wanted to write you a think piece A cogent reflection on an issue of Great social import— What it’s like to be raised in the  Culture of conspiracy  Yet my brain is still a bit too scrambled To weave coherent sentences together Probably because phrases like “Deep state” and

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Trauma Therapist Rant

Over the last few days, there has been a call for unification and healing in the United States. As a trauma therapist, I’d like to outline the Consensus Model for trauma treatment as a template for how to approach this sort of unifying and healing. This model, more than 100-years

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Dr. Jamie and Jason in 2018

An Open Letter to Therapists on Affirming your LGBT+ Clients

 Last year, I had a phone meeting with a local pastor to provide someone in my network a recommendation. The lead pastor of a young, hip, non-denominational storefront church that draws many from our local recovery community, he was very friendly and expressed an interest in the work that I

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Baby Jamie Marich in a Steelers beanie cap.

How Can America Ever Really Heal?

Since the media called President-Elect Biden’s win on Saturday November 7, numerous calls are rising up for the healing of a divided nation. Even the President-Elect himself called for it in his victory speech. I am in the business of healing, and I am pessimistic. Perhaps because, while I recognize

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Art by Rachel Weaver

DBT Radical Acceptance During 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that there is no shortage of things that are outside of our control or even ability to manage. Reflecting on the recent supreme court confirmation only reinforces some of these feeling of hopeless and/or helplessness. I won’t even attempt to begin to

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Original art by Rachel Weaver

Removing the Mask & Facing the Shame: An Exercise in Vulnerability

There is something wrong with me. Legit. Something is off. I say this because I look around at my fellow therapists, counselors, helpers, healers, gurus, and gods/goddesses and feel alone. What I mean by alone is my intense level of sensitivity. I’m not talking about the sensitivity you’re applauded for

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Trauma and the 12 Steps book sitting on top of a toilet.

Meditations from the Toilet Seat

There is a highly lauded book in both the yoga and recovery communities called Meditations from the Mat (Rolf Gates, 2002). My experience was slightly less elegant yet just as impactful. Before ever making my way on to a yoga mat, I learned about the power of prayer and meditation on my

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Original Artwork: Viola Silvan. Photography: Adam O'Brien.

Bulk Flash within Ego State Therapy

The Flash Technique (Manfield, Lovett, Engel, & Manfield, 2017) developed by Dr. Phil Manfield has shown that moving a memory is possible without directly activating a memory or directly reprocessing it. How it happens and what is exactly happening is still up for discussion (See Dr. Ricky Greenwald’s blog HERE, particularly

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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