Stephen Dansiger

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Punk drummer then Songwriter then Dharma Practitioner then Social Justice Educator then EMDR/Trauma/Addiction Therapist then Author/Podcaster now simultaneously...


After you complete EMDRIA Approved EMDR Therapy Training, pursuing EMDRIA Certification requires an additional 12 hours of continuing education specific to EMDR.

Would you like to earn all 12 EMDRIA Credits and 12 APA Home Study CEs after reading the book EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care? For just $65 you can purchase the study guide and post-test and earn those valuable CEs!


Presently, Dr. Steve offers two special topics courses that can be taken remotely for EMDRIA credits. For the book course, we are proud to partner with Table Mesa, an online platform for distance education. Dr. Jamie Marich / Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness are approved education providers with the EMDR International Association (#1002) and approved homestudy provider by the American Psychological Association.

A special note about the course EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness: Redefining the Paradigm for Trauma Focused Care -- this course is recommended as advanced training in the synthesis of EMDR and Mindfulness for trained EMDR therapists, as well as an introductory course for non-EMDR therapists who want to learn about EMDR, trauma therapy and Mindfulness, or get a better idea of what it might be like to become trained in EMDR therapy.


EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness:
Redefining The Paradigm for Trauma Focused Care

For the past 2600 years, Buddhist mindfulness and the therapies and practices connected to this system of healing have contributed to psychological and spiritual relief to millions of people.

More recently, our own understanding of the brain and nervous system has brought scientific and therapeutic underpinning to those old understandings of human well being, with Francine Shapiro’s development of EMDR therapy and the AIP model representing a particular highlight.

In this workshop, participants will be challenged to consider how fusing two systems of healing - mindfulness-informed interventions and trauma-focused care guided by the EMDR approach to psychotherapy - can revolutionize the helping professions' delivery of trauma responsive services.



MET(T)A is a new and innovative way to envision and implement Addictions treatment that is grounded in the almost 30 years of research, theory and practice of EMDR therapy, and 2600 years of research theory and practice of the Buddhist psychology of Mindfulness.

This approach leans heavily upon the invaluable work of those who have explored the use of EMDR therapy with PTSD, and then with addictions and a whole host of issues up until this juncture. It leans upon the millennia old wisdom of Buddhist teachers and modern Mindfulness teachers and practitioners.

It honors the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment in order to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long term recovery.

The name is both META and METTA. META represents the use of the AIP Model and the 8 Phase Protocol of EMDR therapy to design and deliver treatment within a treatment center structure. METTA means in Pali "loving kindness", the spirit and practice of which guides the MET(T)A Method.


My conference presentation at the 2016 EMDRIA Conference is now available as an Online Course through the new EMDRIA On Demand program.  Follow the link to register. You will have the opportunity to watch the presentation and then take an exam afterward for 1.5 EMDRIA credits and 1.5 NBCC CEs.  Below is the description of the presentation:

Mindfulness and the 8 Phase Protocol as a Template for Addictions Treatment
- Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT

One new model for residential and outpatient addictions treatment proposes that readiness for EMDR therapy and treatment planning will take place best in an agency that utilizes mindfulness and adjunctive modalities at the center of its stabilization and resourcing strategy, while using EMDR therapy, the AIP model and the 8-phase protocol as the theoretical orientation and primary practice on the clinical side. The theory and research behind this and current use of the model are explored through this presentation, including case studies and anecdotal evidence, with recommendations for further research and implications for future development of addictions treatment centers.
Introductory & Intermediate (80% EMDR)

CLICK HERE for more information and to register...