One of the quickest and most effective ways to overcome our struggles and reduce/eliminate symptoms is through EMDR Intensive Therapy. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR helps us process negative feelings and change the way we think about ourselves and our memories. Because of the powerful healing effect of EMDR therapy, Intensives can produce faster results than weekly sessions using standard talk-therapy techniques. EMDR Intensives can help clients to process information faster and heal quicker.
Benefits of Intensives
Process more information in a shorter amount of time: Dedicate 1-3 days to focus on healing, growth, and connection. Find real and life changing healing in a matter of days rather than months or years.
Cost effective: In the long run, Intensives are more cost effective because the therapy is concentrated and highly focused. The work is much more efficient and in the end requires less session time and less cost overall. Rather than opening up and closing things down each week, I only have to open things up once and so more session time is spent processing and healing.
Reduce weekly appointments: Stop scheduling your weeks around therapy sessions. Replace the time you would have otherwise spent seeing a therapist each week with quality time with your family, career advancement, or other personal development. Not only will you not be spending time in weekly therapy, you will also be healed from those life issues that had previously been holding you back.
Make a lasting change: Care for your mind, body and relationships
What does a typical day in an Intensive look like?
Typically, sessions will begin around 9 am, with a lunch break around noon and ending around 4 pm, though that schedule is entirely flexible to accommodate the work being pursued. Depending on the nature of the processing, breaks will be taken as needed. The amount of time we will be working each day will fluctuate depending entirely on the work we are doing. The nice part about Intensives is the flexibility afforded to tailor fit the work to what your system needs at the time. A one-hour lunch break (sometimes longer if needed) will be taken each day.
How much will it cost?
When I reserve time for your Intensive, I will be reserving that entire day for working with you. I charge a daily rate of $800/day. The half day rate is $400. A 50% deposit will be required to confirm your Intensive reservation, and the remaining 50% will be paid on the last day of the Intensive. Cash, Check, or Bank Transfer are accepted
What if I need to cancel?
If something comes up and you are unable to attend your Intensive, please contact me as soon as possible to discuss rescheduling. Rescheduling will not affect your deposit or payment, however a rescheduling fee of $100 will apply if less than one week notice is given. If you need to cancel your Intensive entirely, any deposit money already paid will be returned minus a $100 scheduling fee if the cancellation is made more than 30 days before your scheduled Intensive. Deposits are fully non-refundable if the cancellation is made within 30 days of the scheduled Intensive.
How much time do I need to schedule?
That is the magic question and the answer is: it depends. During your intake consultation, we will discuss what you would like to work on and the goals you would like to achieve through the Intensive. At that time you and I will make a determination regarding how much time will be needed. I may ask you to submit a brief written history to me ahead of time in order to most effectively utilize our consultation time on the phone.
How do I prepare for an intensive?
I suggest treating the days surrounding intensive sessions like a personal retreat. This is a time for clients to really focus on healing themselves. Schedule activities you enjoy around your sessions such as massages, yoga, and hiking.
Where do Intensives take place?
Intensives take place in Albany, New Hampshire in the heart of the White Mountains. There are nature trails on the property to explore during breaks and to begin and end the day in nature.
An Investment In Your Future
Intensive therapy is a financial investment in you and your future. Rather than being on the weekly payment plan of traditional therapy treatment, you will be investing a larger amount of money up front (that in the long run will likely still be less money than ongoing weekly therapy). Many people have to plan ahead and save before they can schedule an Intensive. Once the Intensive is scheduled though, you will have a fixed cost to work with rather than the unknown of ongoing weekly therapy.
Change Has Impact
When clients make fast but highly effective changes in how they feel, that can often impact (both positively as well as negatively) the family system or close relationships that the client plays a role in. Sometimes other parts of the system don’t handle the healing very well. These issues and concerns will be addressed both on intake as well as at the wrap up of the Intensive. While Intensive work is amazingly healing, it can also be system disrupting which can take time, integration and adjustment.
After Your Intensive
Many clients can complete an Intensive and then return to their lives ready to move forward. Some clients will benefit from having a working relationship with a therapist who can help them deal with things if they are only working on certain aspects of their treatment in the Intensive (pre-verbal trauma work for example). Some clients will need to schedule several intensives to fully process and heal their stories and in these cases a weekly therapist to help manage things between Intensives may be recommended or required. This will be thoroughly assessed and discussed in the intake telephone call.