Perhaps you are needing help dealing with trauma – right now – and don't want to wait and spend months in the traditional, weekly model, of therapy to feel better? Perhaps your schedule just doesn't allow for the weekly interruption of time spent both in therapy, and on self-care following appointments? If so, our EMDR Intensive Programs may be the best choice for you.
Our Intensive EMDR Programs are ideal for clients who want to expedite their treatment results. You are given exclusive access to appointments reserved for the intensive program, and you will typically be able to get started within a few weeks, drastically reducing the initial wait time in getting started. With multiple sessions compacted into 1 to 3 days you reduce the amount of time spent opening and closing each session and therefore increase the amount of progress you can make. The intensive appointment length allows you to end your session at a much lower level of distress and with potentially fewer side effects following your treatment session, compared to a series of 50-minute appointments. By having a dedicated chunk of time devoted to treatment at one time, you increase the percentage of session time spent addressing the memories and symptoms that brought you to treatment.
What to expect in the EMDR Intensive Programs?
The EMDR Intensive consists of three parts: An Assessment Appointment, an Intensive Processing Session or Sessions, and a Follow up Appointment.
- The Intensive Program begins with a 2 hour Assessment Appointment prior to the Intensive Processing Session or Sessions. This appointment time is used to assess for candidacy in the Intensive Program, discuss the concerns bringing you to treatment, address your questions and identify the negative belief systems that have reinforced the old patterns of thinking and feeling.
- Intensive Processing Sessions are available in your choice of either half-day and full day formats. The half-day appointment is from 8:00am-11:30am, while the full-day format is 8:00am-3:00pm with an hour break for lunch. Your Intensive Processing Session begins by developing resources to increase your sense of calm, security, and control, allowing you to more confidently examine your trauma. The initial 45-60 minutes will be spent creating these resources to support you both in and following your Intensive Treatment Program. Reprocessing the trauma with EMDR will last for 2.5 to 3 hours in the half-day format, and 4.5 to 5 hours in the full day format, with breaks for self-care as needed. The remaining 15-30 minutes are spent closing the session and assessing for additional needs.
- The Intensive Program concludes with a 90 minute follow up appointment the week after your processing session. Additional EMDR therapy appointments may be necessary to achieve your treatment goals. Note: additional sessions including the Assessment and Follow-up Appointment are not included in the Intensive Program fee; recommendations are individualized based on your specific needs. In complex cases, especially with multiple traumatic events, additional intensive work will be recommended.
If you are ready to start feeling better and want to get started with your choice of either a Half-Day or Full Day EMDR Intensive, or if you have questions about whether this is the right approach for you, schedule a FREE 15 minute phone or video consult with our EMDR Intensive therapist, Megan Shane.
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