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...



The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is listed as a provider of Trainings in EMDR Therapy by the EMDR International Association. Completion of our full training program is a first step in eligibility towards becoming an Certified EMDR Therapist by the EMDR International Association.

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Discovered by Dr. Francine Shapiro, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is one of the most researched and utilized methods in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other forms of human distress connected to trauma and adverse life experiences. Whether your goal is to become an EMDR therapist as a specialty or to integrate EMDR into your existing practice, our mindfulness-infused training program will help you meet your goals. Our program equips you to work with real-world clinical presentations from day one, including how to handle complex and developmental trauma, addressing dissociation, and implementing EMDR into your current setting. Our training program in EMDR therapy originated in the home of Dr. Jamie Marich, based of Northeast Ohio and is now offered worldwide, incorporating the diverse perspectives of our growing team. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness works on an affiliate model, empowering our collaborator's to take Dr. Jamie's initial work into their own communities. As Senior Faculty, Dr. Steve has trained over 500 therapists in Southern California and beyond.

For more information on upcoming scheduled trainings, please click here.


Completing our full training program is a multi-tiered process, consisting of:

 Part I Training (3 Days= 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): In-person training that covers the basics of trauma, the adaptive information processing model, trauma-informed stabilization, and the basic methodology and mechanisms of action used in EMDR Therapy. View Part I agenda and objectives HERE. You will be able to practice EMDR with certain clients after completion of Part I.

• Part II Training (3 Days= 21 total hours of Lecture and Practicum): In-person training with enhanced practicum content, covering best practices for using EMDR Therapy with special populations and in the complex scenarios of clinical practice; advanced content on ethics and neurobiology also covered, in addition to working with the art of case conceptualization. View Part II agenda and objectives HERE.

• 10 Hours of Consultation: 10-Hours of Consultation with an EMDRIA-approved consultant on our team is required. Usually 4-6 hours are completed between the Part 1 and Part 2 trainings, with the remainder done after completing Part 2. All of these hours may be done remote and / or in a group setting. Completion of consultation is required before a Certificate of Completion in EMDR Therapy Training can be awarded. Upon completion the therapist may refer to themselves as an EMDR therapist or EMDR practitioner.

Successful completion of this program constitutes completion of this EMDR Training Program allows you to practice EMDR Therapy within your clinical scope of practice. Earning the EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist distinction requires additional training and supervision that you can complete with us or another party if you wish to go on for this distinction.