EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness
for Trauma Focused Care
Dr. Stephen Dansiger and Dr. Jamie Marich
"Thorough and skillful. This unique wedding of EMDR, mindfulness, and trauma care offers rich practical wisdom that is truly helpful for clinicians and counselors."
- Trudy Goodman PhD and Jack Kornfield PhD
"It's wonderful to witness the coming together of mindfulness practice and contemporary psychology in the work of people like Steve Dansiger and Jamie Marich. Their book about mindfulness and EMDR has the potential to have a big impact, starting with clinicians who will value this contribution tremendously."
- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Love
At the end of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, I write about the journey I have taken recently with Dr. Jamie Marich, where we have walked steadily, quickly and resolutely toward the complete integration of Buddhist psychology, mindfulness and EMDR therapy. That journey is anything but complete, but it now has its own guidebook. EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care is everything Jamie and I wanted it to be... a review of mindfulness including the history and specifics of the Buddha's approach, a succinct description of and a deep commitment to the Adaptive Information Processing Model (AIP) and the original 8 phase protocol of Francine Shapiro's formulation of EMDR therapy, a manifesto declaring how critical this integration of EMDR and mindfulness is for our times, and a handbook and guidebook for those clinicians seeking to develop their own mindfulness practice and that of their clients in the service of relieving their suffering through mindfully applied EMDR therapy. To say I am excited about this book is a drastic understatement.
It was less than two years ago that I had the brainstorm that I should look into rekindling and deepening my relationship with Jamie, and to seek her counsel and ask for the opportunity to possibly join the faculty of her Institute for Creative Mindfulness as an EMDR Trainer. As luck would have it, she was thinking similar thoughts. This all coincided with my belief that if we trained all our clinicians at Refuge Recovery Centers in EMDR therapy, that we would provide the best possible care, by taking trauma informed one step further and becoming trauma focused. That very quickly grew into the MET(T)A Method, and here we are now. The MET(T)A Method is in full swing at Refuge Recovery Centers, some other centers are looking at what we are doing, we have become the subject of a USC research study, and now our book EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care brings our thinking and methods out to the general clinical public.
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• WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING •
“This book is needed, useful and wise. Mindfulness has made a great impact on the health and well beingof our culture. EMDR has been a major breakthrough in the resolution of trauma. Together mindfulness and EMDR have a synergy that clearly deepens the effectiveness of both techniques. I have seen this in case after case at my addiction treatment center, Refuge Recovery Center, where Dr Dansiger is clinical director.”
- Noah Levine, Buddhist Teacher and Author:
Refuge Recovery: A Buddhist Approach to Treating Addiction
Against the Stream
Heart of the Revolution
"The authors, Jamie Marich and Stephen Dansiger, bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in this book which is a thorough manual, exploring the complementarity of EMDR therapy and mindfulness practice in dealing with trauma work. I was struck by the great care and attention taken to meeting the clients in a thoughtful, flexible, creative and caring way."
- Martine Batchelor, meditation teacher and author of Let Go and Spirit of the Buddha
"A breakthrough book that shows how mindfulness can be seamlessly integrated into EMDR Therapy. The authors offer practical tools and compassionate guidance to assist EMDR therapists in enhancing their own lives and the lives of their clients through mindfulness."
- Diana Winston, Director of Mindfulness Education, UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center and co-author of Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness
"Both Mindfulness and EMDR therapy have emerged in the 21st century as well-researched approaches that offer us practical tools for healing the mind by acting directly on the brain. This highly readable book takes the reader on a rewarding journey that moves from offering merely trauma informed care to delivering trauma focused care. The authors demonstrate how clinicians can take action to generate a complete system of care for those suffering as a consequence of adverse and traumatic life experiences. Readers will discover simple, practical strategies to integrate mindfulness principles into all eight phases EMDR therapy. All clinicians who confront the effects of trauma in their practices will find this book both informative and immensely practical whether or not they are yet trained in how to provide EMDR therapy."
- Andrew M. Leeds, Ph.D. EMDRIA and EMDR Europe Trainer
Director of Training Sonoma Psychotherapy Training Institute, Santa Rosa, CA
"This is a lovely, wise, practical text that weaves together a rich tapestry of mindfulness and practical suggestions with the golden threads of the therapeutic relationship. The healing power of the relationship and an emphasis on mindfulness are themes that flow from chapter to chapter, so the reader is never far from the essential touchstones of connection and being present. Marich and Dansiger have found compassionate, respectful, and highly effective ways to help both therapist and client engage with a mindful process."
- Kathy Steele, MN, CS, psychotherapist, consultant and author, Atlanta, GA
"Marich and Dansiger’s “EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care” is like a tree of wisdom whose branches are loaded with tools, scripts, worksheets and templates to guide beginner and experienced EMDR therapists. Planting the seeds of “Just notice” and “Go with that…” in the fertile soil of 2600 years of Buddhist mindfulness, the authors highlight attunement as a mindfulness practice and emphasize the roots of mindfulness within the Standard 8-Phase Protocol. This firm foundation supports EMDR therapists in cultivating and maintaining a calming presence, a hallmark of mindfulness, as well as trauma focused care. The solid trunk of this tree traverses a trauma focused journey from preparation all the way to reevaluation and after care. The authors peek out from the lush canopy with personal narratives, client cases and the journeys of other clinicians. Following the tradition of his book Clinical Dharma, Dr. Dansiger emphasizes mindfulness as an important act of self-care for clinicians. Dr. Marich’s Dancing Mindfulness practice shines in the creative expression of this book. An array of exercises are woven through the book and like sun-ripened fruit on the branches, their invitation is irresistible. From breath to movement, visualization to multi-sensory soothing, we are invited to become intimately familiar with the activities that will become valuable resources for our clients."
- Rajani Venkatraman Levis, LMFT, PPS, CTS
Psychotherapist & Certified Trauma Specialist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Certified EMDR Therapist
Writer, Educator & Community Builder
"... a straightforward, unfussy and practical introduction to mindfulness techniques that mesh perfectly with the practice of EMDR.”
-Mark Brayne, Psychotherapist, Co-Chair, EMDR East Anglia & Founder of EMDR Focus (London, England)
“A beautifully written book that explains the origins of Mindfulness practice and how this can be (and ideally should be) incorporated into EMDR Therapy. The authors provide useful and simple Mindfulness exercises to use with clients as well as guidance through the 8 stages of the EMDR process reflecting on the value and significance of Mindfulness within EMDR."
- Dr. Alexandra Dent, Registered and Chartered Clinical Psychologist
EMDR Europe Accredited Child & Adolescent and Adult Consultant/Clinical Supervisor
"EMDR practitioners are aware of the vast body of scientific research that supports the effectiveness of this powerful therapy. Dr. Marich and Dr. Dansiger have bravely pushed through a warning written by C. G. Jung over a hundred years ago, when he said, "Science only works harm when it is taken as an end in itself." This warning seems to have gone unheeded until now with this timely book that combines science and mindfulness. Who would have thought, a therapeutic innovation that addresses the head and heart of a client? What a crazy idea! Do not miss this wonderfully innovative book."
- Dr. Andrew J Dobo, Licensed Psychologist, Author of Unburdening Souls at the Speed of Thought: Psychology, Christianity and the Transforming Power of EMDR
“Marich and Dansiger have created the exact resource that I need, to start practicing EMDR therapy with confidence and skill. Trauma-focused care is both a calling and a challenge; the more we learn, the more we realize we have yet to learn - the task can be daunting! Cultivating a many-faceted exploration and practice of mindfulness has become a vital tool, both for my self-care and for my clients' work towards well-being. But my skills to facilitate processing through traumatic imprints and memories were lacking until I was introduced to EMDR therapy. Then I felt like I had all the puzzle pieces laid out on the table - still, I wasn't quite sure how to put that puzzle together. EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care makes sense of it all, giving me the guidance that I need to complete that puzzle! The book skillfully illustrates how mindfulness and EMDR work together, and offers resources and tools to do EMDR therapy that is grounded in a mindful, client-centered process.”
- Paula Soto LSW, E-RYT, Founder/Director, Intersections Wellness, LLC (Beaver Falls, PA)
“This book effectively shows how mindfulness underlay EMDR Therapy’s origins and its standard protocol. More importantly for me, the book underlines the serious need for us to spend more time preparing survivors of complex PTSD for trauma reprocessing. The authors explain how teaching mindfulness is the foundation for clients learning to “just notice” and for increasing clients' abilities to tolerate distress. And the book constantly brings us back to our own needs as therapists to “just notice” mindfully as we work in our own healing paths.”
- Teresa Allen MFT, Trauma Therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Institute for Creative Mindfulness Faculty, Oakland, CA