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Information about DNMS for Therapists

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“I’ve been an enthusiastic practitioner of the DNMS since 2001 – because it gives me, simply and profoundly, the best treatment results I’ve ever achieved. The DNMS is a truly amazing therapeutic model for both client and therapist. It meets my highest therapeutic goal: to give a person back to their own self.”

JOAN BACON, MA, Psychologist, EMDRIA-Approved Instructor and Consultant

“I think of the DNMS as the “Clean Sweep”! Using the comprehensive, definitive inventory of negative or limiting beliefs, we sweep them out and we have a clean plate; all of the emotional baggage is miraculously gone! So rewarding!”

JAMES DAVID, CSW, Private Practice, Silver Springs, MD

“The DNMS has transformed my practice and my view of the psyche. Many clients are truly ‘free’ of their past and have new perspectives about themselves and the possibilities for the future. I love the DNMS model for its comprehensiveness, its ease of use, and its effectiveness. And above all that, it’s fun to use!”

MELANIE SMITHSON, LPC, ADTR, Private Practice, Greenwood Village, CO

“I have seen how the DNMS assists patients in understanding how their childhood experiences affect how they interact with others in the world. I have also seen the relief they experience with the process and the hope it gives them about the future.”


The DNMS is a multidimensional, comprehensive, strengths-based, client-centered, ego-state therapy developed by Shirley Jean Schmidt, MA, LPC. It’s informed by ego-state theory, developmental psychology, self-reparenting therapy, attachment theory, EMDR therapy, and an understanding of mirror neurons. The DNMS addresses unwanted behaviors, beliefs, emotions, and urges rooted in unmet emotional needs from childhood trauma and attachment wounds. It’s based on 2 important ideas. 

(1) Childhood trauma wounds form when safety needs are not met well. This occurs when bad things happen – like a tornado, hurricane, or school shooting. Attachment wounds form when emotional needs are not met well. This occurs when important good things do not happen – like parents failing to make a loving connection, soothe painful emotions, or attune. When parents are physically abusive or threatening, they inflict both trauma and attachment wounds.

(2) When we’re significantly wounded in childhood, child parts of self get stuck in time. From then on, those wounded child parts feel hurt, powerless, alone, and lost. They hold negative, untrue beliefs about self and world. Reminders of a painful past can trigger a flood of overwhelming emotions, evoking a felt sense that the past is still happening now. Some child parts manage those painful emotions with troubling behaviors – like overeating, starving, withdrawing, gambling, or drinking.

The DNMS helps heal childhood trauma and attachment wounds by meeting the needs of wounded child parts to help them get unstuck from the past. It starts with mobilizing a team of loving internal resources. The resources join the therapist in providing all the emotional support, compassion, empathy, and radical acceptance wounded parts needed in childhood but didn’t get. They’re gently given all the information they need to come out of the past and into the safety of the present moment. As more and more wounded parts heal, unwanted behaviors, beliefs, emotions, and urges diminish. Internal conflicts fade out and self-esteem grows. All this makes it easier to handle the stresses of life with adult skills and strengths. To learn more, click on the video link below.