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Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy


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Table of Contents

  • Preface- Jamie
  • Chapter 1 - A Primer on Addiction and Related Constructs
  • Chapter 2 - The Case for EMDR as a Complete Psychotherapy
  • Chapter 3 - EMDR Therapy Phase 1 in Healing Addiction
  • Chapter 4 - EMDR Therapy Phase 2: Beyond the Standard Skills
  • Chapter 5 - EMDR Therapy Phase 2.5: Transitioning from Preparation to Reprocessing
  • Chapter 6 - EMDR Therapy Phases 3-6: Shapiro's "Special Sauce" and Beyond
  • Chapter 7 - Addressing Addiction as Dissociation in EMDR Therapy
  • Chapter 8- EMDR Therapy Phases 7-8: Honoring Transitions and Working with Feedback
  • Chapter 9 - EMDR Therapy in the Addiction Treatment Setting
  • Chapter 10 - Private Practice Considerations
  • Chapter 11- Conclusion: A Call to Action
  • Chapter 12- Collected Resources: Protocols, Scripts, and Recommended Websites

About the Author

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music. Marich travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. She is also the developer of Yoga for Clinicians. Marich is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, and Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger, which was released with Springer Publishing in 2018. Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery, released in April 2019. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps, in the Summer of 2020. Marich's own company, Creative Mindfulness Media, produced a daily meditation reader and workbook to accompany the Trauma and the 12 Steps project in the Autumn of 2020, in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger. The New York Times featured Marich's writing and work on Dancing Mindfulness in 2017 and 2020. NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Marich with their esteemed President's Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Marich the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health. Marich also sits on the clinical workgroup of EMDRIA's prestigious Council of Scholars.

Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D., MFT played CBGB and Max's Kansas City in the late 70's; drank, played drums in a toy rock band and then got into recovery in the late 80's; became an international social justice/diversity educator and rocker again in the 90's; and is now a consultant, trainer, clinician, writer and meditation teacher. Dansiger has become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and is a pioneer in the Buddhist recovery field. He is the creator and founder of the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) which utilizes Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and EMDR therapy to create an agency's primary clinical practice system. Dansiger is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (StartAgain, 2016), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (coauthored with Jamie Marich), and Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions (Althea Press, 2018). He also coauthored with Dr. Marich Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook, and Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations & Reflections (Creative Mindfulness Media, 2020), both companion volumes for the updated 2nd edition of Jamie Marich's Trauma and the 12 Steps (North Atlantic Books, 2020). Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist mindfulness, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, Buddhist approaches to treating mental health issues, and clinician self-care. He has practiced Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one-year residency at a Zen monastery) and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and internationally. Dansiger is the Head of Health & Wellness Innovation and Partnerships at DropLabs, a leading sound and vibration technology company. He is a Founding Member of the Society for Health Care Innovation, an outgrowth the Master of Health Care Innovation (MHCI) program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is in the 3rd cohort. At Penn he studies and collaborates with fellow health professionals and faculty to increase mental health care access, address inequities in the healthcare system, and create innovative solutions for mental health, addiction and wellness.


There are just so many things that I love about this book that I simply don't know where to begin! Marich and Dansiger take an approach that is comprehensive, integrative, relational, and deeply hopeful. They share their wisdom and lived experience as skilled clinicians AND as vulnerable human beings who themselves have struggled with addiction, benefiting in profound ways from EMDR therapy..."
- Deborah Korn, Psy.D.
Co-Author of Every Memory Deserves Respect: EMDR The Proven Trauma Therapy with the Power to Heal

"This must-read volume, offers clinicians a road map to navigate the often convoluted and intricate journey of accompanying clients suffering the aftermath of trauma and addictions. Clinicians will find in this book the guidance, foundational and advanced skills, as well as an incredibly rich repertoire of stabilization strategies..."
- Ana M. Gomez, MC, LPC
Author of EMDR Therapy and Adjunct Approaches with Children: Complex Trauma, Attachment and Dissociation

"Healing Addiction with EMDR is tailored to support therapists along the different phases of EMDR Therapy. It focuses on understanding each individual case, through case conceptualization and treatment planning, and avoiding the simplistic ";What protocol should we use?" question. People need to be understood as individual beings since this is the essence of EMDR Therapy..."
- Dolores Mosquera, Co-Author of EMDR and Dissociation: The Progressive Approach INTRA-TP, A Coruna, Spain

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