EMDR & EMDR Intensives

For clients struggling with anxiety or panic, especially with past trauma or distressing experiences, EMDR uses the brain’s natural inclination toward healing and integration to resolve unprocessed memories, emotions, or sensations in the body.

EMDR can also be used with depression, grief and loss, chronic illness or medical issues, and in any area where something feels stuck.

It is a well-researched and evidence-based approach that can be added into talk therapy or other therapeutic modalities.

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a structured modality that helps with reducing the vividness and emotional intensity associated with traumatic memories.

In EMDR, a memory, emotion, bodily sensation, or thought is recalled while using bilateral stimulation such as eye movement or hand buzzers or sounds to allow the brain to process and integrate the distress into long-term instead of short-term memory, thereby allowing a shift in perspective and meaning.

For trauma-specific EMDR, I’ve worked with clients to heal from childhood neglect, childhood emotional and physical abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault, interpersonal violence or domestic abuse, single incident traumas (i.e., animal-related accidents, car accidents, medical trauma, etc), bullying, etc.

For EMDR that isn’t specifically related to trauma or distressing experiences, I’ve worked with clients around deeply impactful negative thoughts that lead to panic or depression, feelings of “stuckness” in thoughts/emotions/bodily sensations, and nagging feelings or thoughts that cause distress.

EMDR & EMDR Intensives

Which one is right for you?

EMDR

EMDR is a therapeutic modality that is integrated into traditional talk therapy for clients struggling with anxiety, panic, PTSD, depression, grief and loss, or any area causing significant distress or feelings of being stuck.

EMDR Intensives

An EMDR Intensive is multiple sessions of EMDR in a shorter time frame. Usually one to three days with 6 hours per day, this is a more intense version to help work through difficult experiences much more quickly.

This helps if anxiety around EMDR is high or if someone does not have the ability to attend regular weekly appointments.

Intensives require previous processing through concerns in regular talk therapy, well-established coping and support systems, both a preparation and integration session and approval for communication with your previous or current therapists.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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I’ve heard EMDR is difficult. Will it make things worse or re-traumatize me?

It can be difficult depending on your internal state and overall ways of coping. We will spend as much time as is needed to build up more coping strategies, increase resilience, and can take this approach slowly. EMDR has multiple protocols that specifically address different needs.

How many sessions are needed?

This depends a lot on what comes up when we begin so this is not predictable. For a single-incident recent trauma, it could be 3-5 sessions. For a longer or more difficult event, we take it piece by piece to work at an individual pace that feels right for each client.

How long are the appoinments?

Typically one to one and a half hours for weekly or biweekly appointments. Further apart sessions leads to difficulty moving in a timely way through this work. Intensives help to punch through difficult experiences in a more intense and quicker time.

Does insurance cover EMDR?

Usually, yes, it covers the regular appointments. EMDR intensives are an out of pocket fee.

Why would I want an EMDR Intensive instead of regular EMDR?

For clients who are well-prepared through previous or current therapy and have a good support system, an EMDR Intensive can significantly reduce the time spent in between sessions and overall time spent working through distress and trauma. Intensives are not recommended for clients coming to therapy for the first time to process past trauma.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

James Baldwin

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