In this interview therapist, Jamie Marich discusses the path that brought her to therapy and how she developed “Dancing Mindfulness,” a modality that incorporates movement and mindfulness. Jamie also specializes in EMDR. Besides seeing patients in her private practice, Jamie travels globally leading trainings. She is also the author of several books on EMDR and one called, Dancing Mindfulness.
[1:55] Jamie explains how she became a therapist. In 2000-2003, while working in Bosnia-Hercegovina, she was mentored by an American social worker and learned about healing trauma. She returned to the US to attend grad school and eventually became certified in EMDR. Jamie incorporates elements of performing arts in her private therapy practice.
[5:00] While working on her Ph.D., Jamie did a course on trauma and was encouraged by a colleague to start teaching classes herself.
[7:35] Jamie talks about her childhood relationship with the arts. She never felt good enough in the arts, but still engaged fully with dance and singing.
[9:00] Jamie describes how she uses creative visualizations as a way of preparing clients for EMDR. She uses dance as a healing resource too. It can reveal themes that can be addressed in EMDR.
[11:00] Jamie encourages people to move during EMDR treatment, which is not supported by all EMDR practitioners.
[13:29] Jamie explains how she developed “Dancing Mindfulness”. Sound and breath are two elements emphasized in dancing mindfulness—she calls this a fusion point.
[16:00] Jamie encourages clients to find the art form that they connect with most, and then branch out to other forms. Exploring areas outside of the comfort zone leads to the most growth.
[17:18] Dance was Jamie’s coping mechanism when she was a child. Eventually, she put together classes around dancing mindfulness and a community grew up around it.
[21:10] Jamie published a book. Dancing Mindfulness in 2015.
[22:04] Jamie speaks about first book, “EMDR Made Simple,” published in 2011. It’s her best-selling book. She’s written several other books about trauma, some for specialists and some for general audiences. Jamie is now working on a new book, also about EMDR.
[24:55] Jamie talks about her caseload with her therapy clients. The size of it varies throughout the year, because of her teaching schedule. She sees clients on an every other week schedule, but for longer sessions. She also does intensive therapy, with clients who travel to see her for a few intensive sessions of EMDR.
[29:40] Jamie built a niche in her community through offering EMDR treatments. Because of the demand for this service, she’s never wanted for clients. She says having some kind of niche is very valuable to establishing a steady stream of clients.
[33:20] Jamie talks about her business fears. She sometimes worries that people will stop calling, or the economy will decline and people won’t be able to afford her services.
[35:50] Jamie offers some advice for therapists: Explore opportunities for teaching and training, there are more opportunities than you realize. They can also help you diversify and stay sane.
BIO – Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT — Warren, Ohio
Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RMT travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice.(www.dancingmindfulness.com).
Jamie 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), and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors. Her newest book, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation is released in the Fall of 2015. She is currently working on her latest book (in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger) EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (due out with Springer Publishing in 2017).
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