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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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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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Jamie Marich during the Major League Baseball Playoffs, 1997

Rethinking “Tribe”

​Growing up in Northeast Ohio, the first time I heard the word tribe was in reference to the Cleveland Indians. Our major league baseball team is nicknamed “The Tribe,” and it was a common phrase uttered in my household. Like many young Cleveland fans, I was spoon-fed the story that

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Be the Candle: A Tribute to my Guru and Teacher

In the Spring of 2004, I made what would prove to be the best educational decision of my life. Although I commuted to a small Catholic college about sixty miles south of where I lived in Youngstown, Ohio, I had the opportunity to transfer up to six courses in that

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Dr. Jamie Marich posing for photoshoot.

Being “Out,” Naked, and Vulnerable

Since coming out unapologetically as a woman in recovery from a dissociative disorder in 2018, I’ve received so many messages and social media replies that begin with this greeting. Being “out” has many meanings and layers for me—I’ve never hidden the fact that I’m in recovery from alcoholism and drug

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The Exception Not the Rule

Hi, my name is Destiny. I live with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. It is what I have NOT who I am. That being said, it affects my daily life in many ways including how I show up in the world and how I interact with it. My life

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On Being Forced Out in the Clinical Psychology Field

This last year and a half has been an unending nightmare. I was “outed” as a person with a borderline personality disorder (BPD) by an angry classmate who I had trusted with this information. In the clinical psychology world this can destroy your career. What happens then to a clinical

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Caution: Over Spiritualizing Reaction

​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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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