EMDR intensives support the busy parent with kids doing virtual learning, the working professional who has even more on their plate since COVID, or the client who needs help now. 

Does any of this sound familiar to you?

EMDR Intensives

Perhaps you’ve had a felt sense that something profound has yet to change, but you’re not quite sure how to shift all the way into a new experience of yourself with your current therapist. Maybe you now cognitively understand new things, yet your body is still confused, so you’re curious about how intensive EMDR therapy can help as you work with your primary talk therapist.

 

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get into weekly therapy for a while now, but your schedule has been so hectic and demanding that a weekly therapy appointment feels more overwhelming than supportive.

 

Perhaps you’re needing help —- and a lot of it—- right now, and you don’t want to spend months in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better.

 

Perhaps, with COVID, you need more efficient support as the busy parent with kids doing virtual learning and/or the working professional who has even more on their plate since the pandemic.

 

Perhaps you are a current, weekly client who is needing extra, focused support quickly.

Why an intensive instead of a normal 50-minute psychotherapy session?

EMDR intensives allow the opportunity to progress through your symptoms in a more succinct and focused way without the interruption of a 50-minute session. An intensive format may decrease overall treatment time because of time not spent on: a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won't need after healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session.

What issues are addressed and treated by EMDR Intensive?

EMDR Intensives are designed for anyone with past experiences that hold them back from living full, peaceful lives due to symptoms that correspond to past trauma and developmental wounds. These may include: Anxiety, Depression, Flashbacks, Adverse Memories, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Phobias, Panic, Addiction, Dissociation, Sexual Issues, Identity Issues, Relationship Issues, Family Issues, Shame, Guilt, Self-Esteem Issues, Eating Disorders, Codependence, and Grief and PTSD. 

 

If I already have a primary therapist, can I do an EMDR intensive as adjunct therapy?"

Yes. Perhaps you have a sense that something profound has yet to change, but you're not quite sure how to shift into a new experience of yourself with your current therapist. Maybe you now cognitively understand new things, yet your body is still confused, so you're curious about how adjunct EMDR intensive therapy can help. We will identify what format is best for you during your initial consultation.

What would an EMDR intensive includes?

  • Pre-consultation interview to assess for candidacy, as well as target unpleasant beliefs, body sensations, emotions, or images from which you are seeking relief.

  • Personalized treatment workbook, which allows you to work on your treatment goals before, during, and after our EMDR intensive sessions.

  • A customized treatment program with targeted treatment goals. EMDR Intensives can take place in person or virtually and are either half or full day.

 

What does the research say?

  • Intensive application of trauma-focused therapy seems to be well tolerated in patients with PTSD, enabling faster symptom reduction with similar, or even better, results, while reducing the risk that patients drop out prematurely. Learn more here and here.

  • Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here.

  • An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.

  • The economy is compelling: even compared to other trauma therapy, the intensive format may decrease treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session.