About CMI

Critical Memory Integration (CMI) is a process-driven experiential approach that develops the therapist’s clinical skills and emotional availability for client attunement. CMI™ has developed a neuro-clinical system that utilizes therapist skills alongside client experience to locate and integrate critical memories. CMI™ deploys these capacities to integrate CORE aspects of the client’s personal narrative with their broader self and re-attune the nervous system through the science of learning and memory reconsolidation.
CMI™ is founded on common elements of existing evidence-based therapies and is supported by a robust body of applied neurological research for learning, memory, and emotion.

Core Values of CMI

Critical Memory Integration, or CMI, is based on a carefully crafted set of Core Values that have guided the creation of this new therapeutic system. We believe these values will resonate with change-makers in the mental health community and inspire those to join us on the leading edge of mental health care. Together, we can renew a focus on mental wellness and see lives rebuilt and restored.


We recognize each individual as having a unique matrix of experience.

We conceptualize much of “pathological symptoms” instead as adaptive responses with a psycho-physiological explanation.

We believe that challenges are common to the human experience and that we have capacities to overcome these challenges.

The brain is an adaptive, collaborative system of structures (hubs) managed by neural networks.

The brain’s networks can be integrated to increase healthy adaptation by enhancing an individual’s interoceptive awareness and emotional fluidity.

Who Can Benefit from CMI Training

Designed for Clinicians by Clinicians.

Critical Memory Integration (CMI™) is designed for and has been implemented by mental health clinicians, including counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. CMI™ is structured to place the individual’s presenting and emerging concerns at the center of the therapeutic endeavor. As a result, clients feel heard and validated, and therapists can fill the role of empathic witness who is a partner in their healing journey and values their experience.
CMI™ was designed to be used with individuals who present with diagnoses of anxiety, depression, stressor- and trauma-related disorders, eating disorders, problems in relationships, and personality disorders.


Domains of CMI Principles

  • Who is your client?
  • What are their needs?
  • What experiences are they coming in with?
  • How does their culture inform their experience?
  • What do they need from you as their therapist?
  • What does it look like to be a high-performing therapist?
  • How much of being a therapist is impacted by your own personal healing journey?
  • How well do you sit with your own emotions?
  • What is your attachment style?
  • How well do you attune to your own emotions and the emotions of those around you?
  • What’s your level of emotional fluency?
  • How have you honed your clinical skills?
  • What is your level of empathetic responding?
  • How do you hold space and sit with others’ uncomfortable emotions?
  • How do you target and integrate memories?
  • How well do you understand the science of memory and emotions?
  • How does the nervous system interface with memory and emotions?
  • What are emotions?
  • What is the biological process of creating an emotion?
  • How do you work with your clients on emotional regulation?.
  • How do you work with your clients on nervous system regulation?
  • How do you work with your clients on memory regulation?

Taking CMI Training Nexus

Our multi-course training is designed for licensed mental health professionals.

CMITraining includes TWO COURSES: Foundations of CMI and Clinical Application of CMI .

Both courses must be completed to receive CEs.

Foundations of CMI

Online Live Webinar Training

PART ONE of the CMI Training Nexus is an online, synchronous training focused on clinician development. This 2-day training prepares clinicians for the Clinical Application of CMI™. This training is a live, online class led by our clinical facilitators. This course contains a self-paced pre-work prerequisite that offers access to the Introduction to CMI™ workshop.

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Clinical Application of CMI

In-Person Training

PART TWO of the CMI Training Nexus is an in-person training focused on clinical skills. This 2-day, experiential training includes memory integration principles, the CMI™ protocol, clinical application, and in-person practicum. Upon completion of this training, clinicians will be eligible for 31.75 CEs.

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Introduction To CMI

On-Demand Online Learning

An on-demand didactic training and preparatory workshop. This 2-hour workshop provides an overview of the main concepts of Critical Memory Integration, including key terminology, critical memory theory, conceptual framework, and paradigm shifts of the CMI™ model.

Access to the Introduction to CMI™ workshop can also be gained through registration for CMI Course One: Foundations of CMI™.

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Paradigm Shifts

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