47. Dissociation is a Superpower: Reducing Stigma with Dr. Jamie Marich

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I sat down with the one and only Dr. Jamie Marich and had the opportunity to hear from a clinician whose transparency about their own identity is the very thing that makes them a great trainer, therapist, and overall human being.

In our conversation, we talk about how the messaging and training many therapists receive about dissociation creates an unfounded fear and misunderstanding about clients with dissociative minds.

Jamie's ability to take a critical look at the therapy community's fears while sharing her own lived experience as a person with a dissociative mind, is the key in helping us understand that our community is better off with a modified approach to dissociation.

We examine the value of disclosure and advocacy as an effort to decrease the stigma around this identity so that therapists may actually serve their dissociative clients.

It's time that the trauma-informed community understand the identities of the folks who seek out our help in a way that goes beyond protocol. And our hope is that instead of seeing the dissociative mind as something to be feared, we'll all begin to see it as a super power instead.


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Learn more about today’s spotlight guest: 

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they) describes herself 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. She began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music while freelancing with other projects.

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 Warren, OH. Jamie is the author of numerous books on trauma recovery and healing, with many more projects in the works. Marich is the founder of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. 


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