The mindful EMDR therapist: Redefining the paradigm for trauma-focused-care


Dr. Shapiro drew upon elements of Buddhist mindfulness in her mind-body training that preceded her development of EMDR therapy. This presentation reviews this tradition to elucidate helpful strategies for affect tolerance, client preparation, and managing abreactions not covered in most EMDR basic trainings. EMDR therapists are challenged to adopt a more mindful approach in their delivery of the traditional protocol. The workshop presenters, both EMDR trainers and mindfulness practitioners/teachers, offer three steps for becoming more mindful EMDR practitioners, and contend that taking adopting this approach offers a vital link in blending research with practice and protocol fidelity with clinical artistry.






Jamie Marich
Stephen Dansiger

Original Work Citation

Marich. J., & Dansiger, S. (2018, October). The mindful EMDR therapist: Redefining the paradigm for trauma-focused-care. Presentation at the 23rd EMDR International Association Conference, Atlanta, GA



“The mindful EMDR therapist: Redefining the paradigm for trauma-focused-care,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed January 21, 2019,

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