Weekly therapy sessions for one hour are not the only option. Sometimes what you're carrying is too heavy for a brief session.
EMDR Therapy itself addresses the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences.
EMDR Intensives are an effective, kind and spacious therapy of extended sessions, versus one hour a week, to receive support towards your therapy goals.
An EMDR Intensive may be scheduled anywhere from 90 minutes to 3 hours if virtual; and may be 1-3 days in the same week.
We build in a safe and paced experience in order for the Intensive to be truly helpful, to inspire compassion for yourself, and to be a vehicle of change. We pay attention to gentle pacing and taking good care of you.
The Intensive Model is based on the trauma research that difficult patterns in adulthood are rooted in childhood trauma. Trauma is defined as any experience that overwhelms your capacity to handle it at the time: Either too much, too soon, too fast; or not enough for too long.
This model allows room for reprocessing trauma and restoring the parts of you that didn't get needs met, and links up the difficult past with your competent and adaptive adult self now.
This is goal focused, change oriented therapy and carefully designed for you specifically. Clients work intensively, and then do not come to session as often.
We provide a clinical assessment and in collaboration with you determine if this is a safe and solid option for you, and then offer options for you.
We see more results from this approach than most, after 20 years of practice.
-If you have been diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder
-If you are currently chemically addicted
-If you have attempted suicide in the last year
-If the primary concern is OCD that is not trauma related
-If your schedule won't allow time off after the intensive. This time period is essential for full healing, recovery and integration of the therapy process.
-If your therapist assesses that EMDR Therapy is not the best modality of treatment, or that this is not a safe time with enough stabilization and support for you to benefit from an Intensive at this time.
**Having complex trauma or trauma during childhood does not rule you out of an EMDR Intensive. It does mean you will likely benefit from a few of them, at your own pace with support over time. This is actually an effective treatment approach, with an experienced and highly skilled therapist in complex trauma, EMDR Therapy, and Intensives.
Your safety is our priority! This list isn't all inclusive, but is intended to give you an idea of some specific circumstances that may not be effective for an EMDR Intensive.
EMDR Intensive provided by Victoria Ford and Carmen McHenry, as available for new clients.