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  • Kitty Ferguson-Mappus, LCSW

Are Intensives right for you?

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

The traditional model of weekly psychotherapy is shifting to meet your needs. Now more than ever, we need flexibility in how we get support.

Like most types of therapy, EMDR is usually done within the confines of the typical weekly “therapy hour,” which usually runs about 55 minutes. This isn’t because that is how EMDR is most effective, rather it is because that is what the insurance companies have said they want to cover! People certainly do benefit from EMDR therapy done in this way, but often wish it could be more efficient.

The problem with the typical weekly “therapy hour” is that we must spend some time at the beginning of each session checking in to make sure nothing big came up during the week, getting the target set up, and getting started. And then we also must spend some time at the end of the session closing down and making sure the client is feeling stabilized and safe to leave the office and go about daily life. This can easily take 5-10 minutes or more on either end of the reprocessing, making the actual time spend reprocessing your target closer to 35-40 minutes.

EMDR Intensives make things much more efficient by blocking out a larger chunk of time for the session, eliminating the need for checking in and closing down every hour. This also eliminates the need to travel to and from the office each week, which can have benefits in terms of travel time, fuel costs and taking time off work.

One way to think of it is, it is sort of like how when high schools go to block scheduling, the school days become more efficient because the teacher doesn’t have to take attendance as often, students don’t have to spend time putting away supplies as often, and half of the passing periods are eliminated.

You can get at-and stay at-the heart of the issue for longer in order to accelerate your healing.

Are you limited on time? Do you dread the idea of slogging through weekly therapy for years on end? Are you possibly engaging in unsafe or dangerous behaviors you just can’t stop but know you need to?

Then an intensive format might be just what you are looking for!

Instead of working through trauma or a yucky experience over a prolonged period, which can be a long investment of time, money, and energy, an intensive allows us to make progress faster and find you relief sooner.

Intensives are ideal for:

  • Those who prefer a short-term treatment model due to a busy lifestyle

  • Individuals with general time constraints

  • You might be engaging in unsafe or dangerous behaviors that need to stop sooner rather than later.

  • Folks who have struggled to find time week to week in an ongoing and consistent basis to tend to their emotional health.

  • People who have seasonal blocks of free time like Teachers or Accountants

  • Clients who wish to supplement their regular talk therapy with focused EMDR treatment on specific issues or memories which is called adjunctive EMDR. You get to keep your regular therapist and work in a focused manner with an EMDR therapist too.

  • Support seekers who’ve been meaning to get into weekly therapy for a while now, but their schedule has been so hectic and demanding that a weekly therapy appointment feels more overwhelming than supportive.

  • Perhaps you’re needing help —- and a lot of it—- right now, and you don’t want to spend months in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better.

EMDR is not just for trauma; it is also used for performance enhancement to excel in areas such as athletics, business, and relationships.

Choose your own Investment

50 minute weekly sessions = $150

80 minute sessions = $225

2 hour sessions = $300

3 hour sessions = $450

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