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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! As we welcome the New Year, we are welcoming new perspectives. This week’s episode is all about reconsidering what you’ve always thought about dissociation (if you’ve thought about it at all!).

This week’s guest is Dr. Jamie+ Marich. Jamie/Dr. Jamie uses she/they pronouns, identifying as a bisexual woman in recovery from a substance-related disorder who is part of a dissociative system. She is also an internationally recognized speaker, trainer in EMDR and expressive arts, the author of many books, and a psychotherapist in private practice.  Their newest book, Dissociation Made Simple, includes stories shared by Jamie/Dr. Jamie and 61 contributors, nearly 40 of whom are mental health clinicians living with dissociative disorders. The book is for anyone to learn about dissociation, and the stories shared truly demystify this misunderstood and highly stigmatized experience.

Listen in to hear Laura and Jamie+ discuss:

– Reconceptualizing trauma

– Understanding the spectrum of dissociation

– Bias and misinformation in the therapy community about Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

– Intersectionality of oppression and how it plays into stigma surrounding trauma and mental health, especially around dissociation

– How to use the book

– Speaking truth to powerful systems and institutions

– Pierre Janet and Sigmund Freud

Dr. Jamie+ Marich (she/they) describes themselves as a facilitator of transformative experiences. A clinical trauma specialist, expressive artist, writer, yogini, performer, short filmmaker, reiki master, TEDx speaker, and recovery advocate, she unites all of these elements in her mission to inspire healing in others. Jamie is a woman in long-term recovery from an addictive disorder and is living loudly and proudly as a woman with a
dissociative disorder with the goal of smashing stigma about dissociation in the mental health field and in society at large. 

Jamie+ began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia- Herzegovina from 2000–2003, primarily teaching English and music. Jamie travels internationally teaching on 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 northeast Ohio. Jamie is the founder of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. She is the developer of Yoga for Clinicians. 

Listen to the episode on Spotify.


Find Jamie’s interviews, articles, etc here: www.traumamadesimple.com

Learn more about Dissociation Made Simple and Jamie at: https://redefinetherapy.com/

Learn about EMDR Training through Institute for Creative Mindfulness here

Purchase Jamie Marich’s books on Amazon:

EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011)

Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2020); 

Creative Mindfulness (2013); 

Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors (2014); 

Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015); and 

Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). 

Jamie coauthored EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma- Focused Care along with colleague Dr. Stephen Dansiger in 2018, 

Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide, was published in 2021.

Other resources from this week’s episode:

Sign up for FREE to attend Ireen Ninonuevo’s summit, Love After Abuse, Finding Safety & Trust in Relationships here. It begins on 1/16/23 and you’ll hear my interview, entitled, “The Secret to Fulfilling Relationships is Inside of You,” along with 20 other wonderful speakers. 

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Therapists, save 15% when you attend a Level II NARM training in 2023 using coupon code: TraumaTherapist15 at: www.narmtraining.com

Find Laura’s most frequently recommended resources for learning about trauma here

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Thank you to Innovations in Psychotherapy 2023 in Cancun by Leading Edge Seminars for sponsoring this week’s episode! Therapists, meet us in sunny Cancun in February 2023 for a week of training and vacation! Use code LAURA to save 10% on any 5-day workshop fee when purchased with a room at www.leadingedgecancun.com You’ll earn CEs in the morning, then have afternoons for fun at an all-inclusive resort. Workshops by Frank Anderson, Arielle Schwartz, John Briere, and more! Listen in to next week’s episode to hear an interview with Dr. John Briere!

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This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.trauma therapist network.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available.

Therapists, registration opens in March 2023 for Trauma Therapist Network membership. We now have new membership levels and options for Group Practice Owners and Canadian therapists!

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Podcast produced by Pete Bailey – https://petebailey.net/audio

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January 6, 2023

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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