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Honoring the Dissociative Mind in EMDR Therapy

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Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT
1 Hour 17 Minutes
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Nov 11, 2022
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Myths and misconceptions still abound about addressing dissociative identity disorder (DID), other dissociative disorders, and even dissociation within complex trauma using the EMDR approach to psychotherapy. A most harmful myths is that EMDR Therapy should be avoided absolutely with DID and people with high levels of clinically significant dissociation. Although EMDR is one of the most effective and widely researched treatments for trauma-related pathology, even the most seasoned EMDR therapists and trainers can find themselves baffled in working with dissociation.

Your guide for this recording addresses these problems from several angles—as a person with a dissociative disorder and intricate internal system, as an EMDR Therapy practitioner and trainer, and as a long-time recipient of EMDR therapy as a client. Solutions are proposed for helping professionals become less afraid of dissociation by more fully embracing their own internal world of responses and parts. This paradigm shift can lead us to more effectively serve our clients and to not judge all dissociative minds as the same. Even if you are not specifically an EMDR therapist please consider attending, as multiple concepts presented in this workshop translate well to any trauma-focused modality.



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT's Profile

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Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, REAT, RYT-500, RMT, (she/they/we), began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2002, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching 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 Akron, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy.

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, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). Marich co-authored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger in 2018, and their new book with Springer Publishing Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide released in 2021. North Atlantic Books published a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps in the Summer of 2020, and they released The Healing Power of Jiu-Jitsu: A Guide to Transforming Trauma and Facilitating Recovery in 2022. Her latest release with North Atlantic Books, Dissociation Made Simple: A Stigma-Free Guide to Embracing Your Dissociative Mind and Navigating Life came out in January 2023. She has three more projects in the works with North Atlantic Books, including her personal memoir about surviving spiritual abuse called You Lied to Me About God due out in Autumn 2024.

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 Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award because she used her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy and to reduce stigma around mental health. The Huffington Post published her personal story of being out as a clinical professional with a dissociative disorder in May 2023.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Jamie Marich is the founder of Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. She is a guest adjunct Instructor at Youngstown State University. Dr. Marich receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She is a published author and receives royalties. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Jamie Marich is a member of the NALGAP, the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association, the International Center for Clinical Excellence, and the Ohio Counseling Association.


  1. Define dissociation in a comprehensive manner, identifying three of the most common myths and misconceptions about delivering EMDR Therapy to people with DID and other dissociative responses.
  2. Discuss dissociation through the lens of human experience and not as a purely pathological construct, using EMDR Therapy founder Dr. Francine Shapiro’s concepts of adaptive and maladaptive to navigate decision-making.
  3. Describe how stigma in both the media and the psychological professions have created a hesitancy or fear of addressing dissociation clinically, and then articulating 2-3 solutions for addressing such barriers.


  • The Multiple Layers of Defining Dissociation: Beyond Diagnosis
  • Myths and Misconceptions About Dissociation and DID in the EMDR Therapy Community and the Field at Large
  • What EMDR Therapy Can Offer Those Living with Trauma-Related Dissociation
  • Towards Best Practices in Implementing EMDR and Other Trauma-Focused Therapies in Navigating DID and Dissociation in General

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



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