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EMDR Intensives

Weekly therapy has tons of research about its effectiveness, however, some clients find that they are in need of change right now. Or there isn’t an ability to attend weekly therapy in a consistent way. This is where EMDR intensives come in.

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EMDR intensive is an extended space just for you. These intensives offer 4-6 blocks of time, either on one day, to provide a highly focused treatment approach. These intensives also allow current or potential clients to skip my waiting list, as well as design a schedule that works for their lives. Read more about what an EMDR intensive may be like, here. 


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

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What does an EMDR intensive look like?

Intensives begin first with a consultation, where we discuss what potential issue you would like to focus on in the intensive, as well as what schedule can work best for you.

Is an EMDR intensive covered by my health insurance?

Due to the structure of treatment and limitations of insurance plans, these intensives are not currently covered by medical or mental health insurance. That said, if you are needing a payment plan, in order to cover this service please reach out and we can talk. I've had great success with people being able to use CareCredit

What is the cost of an EMDR Intensive?

EMDR Intensives are typically offered in a customized format ranging from 5-12 direct hours over the course of 1-2 days. EMDR Intensives usually range from $600-1700. A non-refundable deposit is required for intensives.

Where do intensives take place?

Most intensives take place in my office located in Southeast Portland, OR.

Are there concerns that EMDR intensives might not be best for?

Yes! The research indicates that if a client is struggling with a dissociative identity disorder, is currently chemically addicted, attempted suicide in the last year, or wants to work on their OCD that isn't trauma-related, intensives might not be the best route.

What kind of research is out there on EMDR Intensives?

EMDR Intensive model working on PTSD,  82.9% showed a clinically meaningful response and 54.9% a loss of diagnosis. Dropout was very low (2.3%). One additional study had similar results. 

Other research shows that EMDR intensives might be even more impactful than alternative treatments as: 

  1. There isn’t time spent each session checking in or spending time on the current crisis. 

  2. We can spend more time focusing on stabilizing and growing coping skills so repeat treatment won’t need to occur.

  3. There is additional time available for clients to find composure and grounding after each session, they aren’t simply having to go back into their day to complete tasks. 

How I tend to approach EMDR and EMDR Intensives.

There are a moderate number of therapists trained in EMDR out there. However, my EMDR intensives combine my training in Somatic Experiencing, Attachment Theory, and Ego States (or IFS). 

The integration of these modalities means that not only do we leave space for how the trauma and healing are impacting your body.


By paying attention to this we can also be mindful of how trauma might be released from your body. We, together, seek to find a pace that matches the requests of your nervous system, which can bring about deeper feelings of safety, compassion, and change. 

How will I know if this approach is right for me?

Ultimately this is your choice, however during your free consultration we will talk about your concerns together and weight the benefits vs. traditional therapy. 






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