What does it mean to redefine therapy?


Dr. Jamie Marich Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT | 1.5 CE hours

In 2015, Dr. Jamie Marich and her team launched a hashtag #RedefineTherapy which directly flowed from a chapter title in her book Dancing Mindfulness: A Complete Path to Healing and Transformation. Marich contended that even though she was proud to be a therapist, what she saw happening in clinical offices did not nearly excite her as much as what she saw happening in the realm of community advocacy, community care, and in well-delivered holistic modalities for healing and growth. Marich often says that as it relates to healing, it’s not enough to think outside the box, we must be willing to challenge existing paradigms and smash the boxes that do not work for people altogether. Known for keeping what works from tradition and honoring research, while also advocating for fresh ideas and a return to the indigenous roots of healing, Marich will challenge all of you to “redefine therapy” in this presentation. She will lead you in an honest inventory about what may still work about our helping professions and what may need to be radically changed, particularly if you are committed to anti-racism work and removing the stigma around mental health care.

After this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain and discuss the working tenants of the Redefine Therapy movement as birthed in the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy
  2. Evaluate critically the elements of the existing helping professions that may work on a larger scale, and determine what might need a complete overhaul
  3. Integrate skillfully more holistic and healing arts modalities into clinical care, or at very least explore best practices for making appropriate referrals for clients
  4. Implement the “self-care” and self-nourishing strategies inherent in the Redefine Therapy movement to one’s own life, and explain how such implementation can directly impact quality of services that clients receive

Our Presenter

Dr. Jamie Marich PH.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-500, RMT

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they) is 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 maintains a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. Marich is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy. Marich is the author of several books, including EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, and Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). NALGAP: The Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their esteemed President’s Award in 2015 for her work as an LGBT advocate. The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie the 2019 Advocacy in EMDR Award for her using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance awareness about EMDR therapy. Marich is in long-term addiction recovery and is actively living with a Dissociative Disorder.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.