Weekly therapy can be effective, and for many, it meets their needs. However, for others, there is a deep desire for personal transformation, that extends beyond what can fit in 50 minutes. This is where Intensives come in.
Therapy Intensive is an extended space just for you. These intensives offer fours hours of time over one day to provide a highly focused treatment approach. Every Intensive also includes pre and post-integration sessions to call these shifts deeply into your life and nervous system. 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 Intensive may be like, here.
"An Intensive is a place for deep transformation, the alchemy of body, mind to begin to author deeply changed patterns that can carry out into the rest of life."
*Please note I use EMDR Intensives and Intensives interchangeably.
What does an 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 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 Intensive?
Intensives include the following, and the associated cost:
1. A comprehensive intake process, beginning with a consult, and then including a variety of follow-up forms.
2. 45-minute phone call a few days before Intensive to check in, and cover any last-minute needs or concerns.
4. Four Intensive, taking place one day, split into two-hour chunks.
5. A 45-minute follow-up call, one taking place in the following couple of days in order to solidify the work done during the Intensive.
6. A follow-up phone or Zoom call, taking place a few weeks after the intensive to offer continued integration support.
7. Overall support to offer next resources to integrate the work. This might look like connecting with therapy groups, retreat suggestions or alternative referrals.
Total Cost: $1,200 with a $300 dollar deposit.
Where do intensives take place?
Most intensives take place in my office located in Northeast Portland, OR.
Are there concerns that 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 Intensives?
There isn’t time spent each session checking in or spending time on the current crisis.
We can spend more time focusing on stabilizing and growing coping skills so repeat treatment won’t need to occur.
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 Intensives.
My Intensive approach begins with your first contact with me, during our consult. From that conversation, we begin to move into a deep container that will offer the ingredients for a transformative experience.
During the day of the Intensive, we start with some body movement, and tuning into the nervous system, before moving into EMDR and parts (or IFS) work.
We take a break for lunch, after two hours together, and then rejoin after lunch for some more work together. Often clients will comment that this format helps them drop deep into their nervous system, to early experiences and memories that traditional talk therapy often misses.
How will I know if this approach is right for me?
Ultimately this is your choice, however, during your free consultation, we will talk about your concerns together and weigh the benefits vs. traditional therapy.
Often are 50 minutes in length leading to limits of how deep you can go, as well as each session containing a certian amount of "catch up" time.
Require high-focused unsupported integration in the form of books or other resources.
Most clients indicate they are unlikely to remeber or stay focused on what they want to talk about week to week. Leading to a loss of focus.
Smaller upfront cost, but often requires a lot longer to see the changes desired.
Highly structured yet flexible time often up to four hours, enabling deep drop-in.
Done face-to-face, to enable comprehensive nervous system shifts
Includes follow-up content and engagement in order to support the integration process fully.
In studies, clients will often show a high drop in mental health symptoms after just one intensive.
Higher upfront cost, but lower overall cost.
Provides a unique integration of somatic work, trauma, and parts work to offer a holistic experience.