EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based treatment for trauma and PTSD. If you missed the intro page about EMDR, you can find it here.
You may not have the time or flexibility for weekly therapy in your day-to-day life. You may have a great relationship with your current therapist, but they don't offer EMDR, so you'd like to do "adjunct work" with an EMDR therapist as a supplement to your regular therapy. You may feel that you need relief fast, and you would prefer to schedule a day or a weekend and experience significant relief in a shorter period of time, rather than waiting several months for a breakthrough. Weekly EMDR is very powerful, but each session we spend time checking in, starting the session, and closing down. That transition time is minimized in the intensive model. If any of these statements speak to you, an EMDR intensive might be right for you.
EMDR intensives allow us to customize a session for you to accomplish as much work as possible in one session. Intensives will include a thorough interview to make sure you are a good fit for the intensive model and to identify the issues you would like to work on. EMDR intensives are available through online therapy for anyone located in the state of Georgia, and can be scheduled in-person, in Athens, GA, for anyone able to travel here for the duration of the intensive. Intensives may be scheduled for 1-3 days at a time. The details of scheduling are designed around each client's needs. If you are interested in scheduling an intensive, please contact me for more information.
Intake/Assessment for Appropriateness:
Half-day Intensive (includes preparation materials and 2-week follow up)
Full Day Intensive (includes preparation materials and 2-week follow up)
Custom packages (multi-day or different lengths) available upon request
Research on intensive EMDR therapy is positive
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 potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.
The economy is compelling: even 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 as acutely after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.