EMDR Intensives

1096211333Start your journey to well-being.

The recent challenging event or overwhelming experience that you went through was too much too soon, a lot to handle, and left you feeling anxious, disoriented, and detached.

Alternatively, you may consider that it is too much too long. In that case, you find yourself grappling with a continuous stream of anxiety, intrusive memories, nightmares, irritability, and physical tension that is persistent, creating an urgent need for relief.

We start this journey where you are, and we do not push through therapy. We go as fast as the slowest part of you feels comfortable.

You are ready for a positive change.

You needed relief yesterday, and the idea of therapy as you have known it – just one hour per week – doesn’t resonate with you.

Disrupting your day for an hour of therapy seems like a barrier. You consider counseling; however, life is busy and relentless.

Therapy should not be an obstacle; it should be a solution.

79492732There is an alternative you can consider.

Dedicating a specific block of time, you can delve deeper into the memories and symptoms that led you to therapy, tackling the core of the “real” work. This approach might be just what you are seeking.

Engaging in EMDR Intensive work proves to be more efficient. By condensing multiple sessions into a single day, you minimize the time spent opening and closing each session, ultimately maximizing the progress you can achieve.

Positive shifts and new possibilities await you. A recent or single incident/overwhelming experience can often be achievable within a one- to three-day intensive.

Here’s the essence of an EMDR therapy intensive.

We will work together vigorously, a massed intensive on the event, experience, or somatic symptom you want relief from. This approach can be in either a half-day (three hours) or a full day (six hours). Yes, you may have as many breaks as you need – as well as water and snacks!

During our time together, we will utilize a structured process that integrates EMDR, Brainspotting, and Somatic/Polyvagal approaches to dive deep and help you work through some of the persistent symptoms, anxiety, intrusive memories, nightmares, irritability, or physical tension you are experiencing.

The process involves three parts.

1096211819First comes processing.

During our initial assessment consultation, we will meet. I want to understand your treatment goals, negative beliefs, triggers, history, and somatic responses and assess if an EMDR Intensive aligns with your expectations.

We will discuss the ideal length of time for you, considering your experience in psychotherapy, the timing of the trauma (earlier trauma typically requires more time for reprocessing), and your EMDR Intensive goals.

For processing sessions, you have two choices. The half-day option runs for three hours, while the full-day spans six hours with an hour-long lunch break (9-4). Both half and full days allow for self-care breaks as needed.

No matter which session you choose, we kick things off by developing your positive resources. This approach sets the stage, increasing your feelings of control, calmness, and security, allowing for a deeper dive into the distressing experiences of your narrative. Typically, we dedicate the first 45–60 minutes to building these positive coping skills to assist in the later processing portion of the session.

Second comes creating a plan.

Once the resource work is complete, we spend another 20–30 minutes creating a target sequence plan.

This approach involves working backward from current stressors and triggers, connecting them to earlier, often childhood experiences. We’ll also identify any negative thoughts and feelings associated with these triggers.

2096217826Then comes reprocessing.

The last part of the intensive involves focusing on reprocessing the trauma target. The half-day session typically takes 1.5 – 2 hours, while the full-day intensive lasts 3.5 – 4 hours.

The significant difference between the half-day and full-day is the time dedicated to reprocessing the trauma. I recommend you have a weekly maintenance therapist to follow up with after completing the intensive.

I suggest signing a form to release information so I can send a note to your therapist with follow-up information.

Please note that the intensive fee does not include additional sessions beyond the EMDR Intensive. In complex cases, especially with multiple traumatic events at a young age, extra intensive work is recommended. Your well-being is my priority, and we will work together to ensure you have the support you need.

What makes an EMDR intensive worth considering?

Healing in days is attainable. The traditional hour-per-week therapy format is suitable for developing coping skills. However, trauma healing doesn’t demand the same slow, incremental approach. With the right therapy, trauma healing can happen rapidly.

Time is one of our most precious commodities. A concentrated approach can offer symptom relief quickly, voiding the slow progression of weekly sessions over weeks, months, or even years, and regression that can happen between sessions.

The advantages are worth considering.

Efficiency, reduced risk of de-stabilization between sessions, life crises disrupting treatment, and rapid results precluding further suffering are worth considering. I am here to help.

Let’s explore together how this approach may bring relief and transformative results to your life.

Call me at (512) 661-2912 or complete the contact form to schedule a free 20-minute consultation!