Mindfulness & EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies

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MET(T)A is a new and innovative way to envision and implement Addictions treatment that is grounded in the well researched 30 year old theory and practice of EMDR therapy. This approach leans heavily upon the incredible work of those who have explored the use of EMDR therapy with PTSD, addictions and a whole host of issues, and upon the obvious and deep need for trauma resolution to be a focus of sustainable long term recovery.


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In my 30 years as a student and teacher of Buddhist meditation and then as a mental health professional and addiction expert, I have witnessed many treatment protocols and seen what has worked and what hasn’t.

The most successful substance abuse and mental health treatments are trauma-informed, evidence based, and long term. I have gone a step further by creating a treatment protocol that is not only trauma informed but Trauma-Focused – a treatment protocol that includes all of the most successful elements of addiction treatment today.

The MET(T)A Protocol is a unique, evidence-based, full treatment system that embraces the 8-phase protocol of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness as a comprehensive model of treatment and includes mindful lifestyle protocols with long term support. At my company StartAgain, we train and accredit treatment centers, group practices and individual clinicians in the MET(T)A Protocol. And we also train and accredit trauma-informed life skills coaches who help ensure long-term sustained recovery for MET(T)A Protocol clients.

My deepest hope is to help end suffering for as many people as possible. I know the MET(T)A Protocol is a piece of that picture, and I am excited to see the MET(T)A Protocol expand across the country and around the world.

May all beings be happy, may all beings be at ease, may all beings know their true natures.

In wellness,