How art therapy and EMDR help asylum seekers and refugees move towards healing trauma: A literature review (Lesley University, 2025)

This thesis examines EMDR and art therapy as modalities to treat trauma and PTSD in refugees and asylum seekers.

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An integrative somatic art therapy approach: EMDR and body-based practices for traumatic stress (Dominican University, 2024)

An exploration of how somatic art therapy and EMDR therapy impact symptoms of trauma and burnout.

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Exploring the intersections between dance/movement therapy and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing: A literature review (Lesley University, 2024)

This thesis explores the intersection and integration of dance/movement therapy (DMT) and EMDR.

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EMDR Therapy and Expressive Arts

Marshall Lyles, LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, talks about how he implements expressive arts into his EMDR therapy practice. Find out how clients respond to integrating this approach.

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EMDR and Creative Arts Therapies (Routledge, 2022)

This book guides EMDR therapists in creative arts therapies to make healing safer and more accessible for patients with complex trauma.

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EMDR Therapy and Expressive Arts GWT Issue

Expressive Arts as a therapy modality uses the creativity of the client via art, music, writing, dance, symbolism, or drama to help heal and…

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Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts (Go With That Magazine™️ Issue)

Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts

Go With That Magazine™️ Spring 2022

How can EMDR therapists integrate EMDR therapy into their practice with expressive arts? Find out how can singing, art, music and story boards can help your clients during therapy session. Also, meet Dr. Cathy Malchiodi, an EMDR therapist who integrates expressive arts into her EMDR therapy practice.

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The Transformative Journey Storytelling Method: A Culturally Responsive Approach to EMDR Preparation

The Transformative Journey Storytelling Method: A Culturally Responsive Approach to EMDR Preparation

Jennifer Marchand, MA, CCC, EMDRIA Approved Consultant presents one method she developed as a culturally responsive approach to EMDR using the creative arts therapy, the Transformative Journey Storytelling Method (TJSM). This embodied storytelling method invites the client’s personal and cultural strengths into EMDR preparation. As clients are guided through each step of the Transformative Journey, they develop metaphors, imagery, and symbols that become a source of strength and meaning for them, enhanced and installed to increase readiness for reprocessing.

Learn more in this article from the Spring 2022 issue Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts of Go With That Magazine™️.

 


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Expressive Interweaves

Expressive Interweaves

Bringing a creative approach to the interweave intervention can support a reintroduction of processing streams to one another, facilitating a return to healing momentum. Essentially, all interweaves are acts of compassion. They indicate the therapist has noticed the stuckness and can step in without taking over. Expressive interweaves intensify that compassion by allowing clients to make use of their creative potential, highlighting how they possess wisdom deep within.

Learn more in this article from the Spring 2022 issue Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts of Go With That Magazine™️ by Marshall Lyles LPC-S, LMFT-S, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Ann Beckley-Forest LCSW, RPT-S, EMDRIA Approved Consultant and Trainer.

 


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Meet Dr. Cathy Malchiodi: Jazz Singer, Rolling Stones Roadie, or EMDR Expressive Arts Therapist?

Meet Dr. Cathy Malchiodi: Jazz Singer, Rolling Stones Roadie, or EMDR Expressive Arts Therapist?

Even if you do not consider yourself a musician or the extent of your artwork is drawing stick figures, Dr. Malchiodi says not to stress about it. “Everyone can infuse expressive arts therapy into their practice. You don’t have to come from an art background.

Learn more in this article from the Spring 2022 issue Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts of Go With That Magazine™️ by Kim Howard, CAE.

 


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BIPOC Perspective on Integrative Therapies and Expressive Arts

BIPOC Perspective on Integrative Therapies and Expressive Arts

In the BIPOC Perspective column, EMDR therapists respond to the question “Could you offer a specific example of how some aspect of a client’s culture was deeply meaningful or acted as a resource in using integrative therapies and expressive arts?”

Contributors include Diana Chu, MFT, RDT (She/Her) Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Drama Therapist; Mira Patel, LMFT, EMDR Certified Therapist and Irene Rodriguez MS, LMHC, REAT, Certified EMDR Therapist/EMDR Approved Consultant Traumatic Incident Reduction Trainer.

Learn more in this article from the Spring 2022 issue Integrative Therapies & Expressive Arts of Go With That Magazine™️.


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How Artwork Makes EMDR Therapy More Approachable

Guest Blog Post by Jocelyn Fitzgerald Do you remember feeling overwhelmed with all the acronyms and scaling questions in your EMDR therapy training? I…

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