#73: Trauma & the 12-Steps, EMDR Therapy and the Buddhist Path to Recovery with Dr. Stephen Dansiger Sun and Moon Sober Living August 21, 2023

#73: Trauma & the 12-Steps, EMDR Therapy and the Buddhist Path to Recovery with Dr. Stephen Dansiger


Dr. Steve Dansiger is a master EMDR Therapist and provider of EMDR Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and is a pioneer in the Buddhist recovery field. He is the creator and founder of the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) which utilizes both Buddhist psychology and EMDR therapy to create an agency’s primary clinical practice system. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (coauthored with Jamie Marich), Mindfulness for Anger Management and also coauthored Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook and Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations & Reflections – both companion pieces to the updated Trauma and the 12 Steps by Dr. Jamie Marich, for which he wrote the foreword.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Dr. Steve’s recovery journey
  • A trauma-informed approach to the 12-Steps
  • The relationship between trauma and addiction
  • EMDR Therapy
  • A Buddhist approach to recovery
  • Incorporating Step 0
  • Expressive arts 

His most recent book (with Dr. Marich) is Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma Focused Guide. He blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist mindfulness, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, Buddhist approaches to treating mental health issues, and clinician self-care. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally.

Learn more about Dr. Steve Dansiger:

Website: https://www.drdansiger.com/

In this episode, we speak about the new edition of Trauma and the 12-Steps: a Trauma Responsive Workbook now available for pre-order.

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