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Intensive EMDR Therapy

About EMDR Therapy

What to Expect from Intensive EMDR

​Intensive EMDR is ideal for clients who want to accelerate their trauma recovery. Through intensive EMDR, it is possible to achieve symptom reduction at a more rapid pace than can be achieved with traditional weekly or twice weekly EMDR therapy. The EMDR Intensive includes:

  • One 60-minute, pre-consultation interview 

  • Assessments to identify symptoms you’d like to alleviate, your attachment style, areas of activation or triggers, and memories or experiences that still need attention and soothing

  • Preparation for your intensive treatment experience and articulation of treatment goals

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

  • One weekend (9 hours total= 3-4 hours/day on Friday through Sunday) client-centered treatment consisting of EMDR resourcing and reprocessing

  • One 60-minute, post-treatment interview (online available) to assess and support your adaption to positive changes from treatment.

  • Intensive EMDR is not covered by insurance.

Research on  Intensive EMDR

  • 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 safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.

  • 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. Learn more here.

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