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EMDR Intensives


An EMDR Intensive is a very different approach to providing EMDR treatment. Because of the “rewiring” and truly healing effect of EMDR, an Intensive can work in ways that are not possible with traditional therapy techniques. EMDR processing is designed to desensitize negative feelings and change the negative belief about the self that has been encoded onto the memory in order to “rewire” the brain and truly heal the individual. More “maladaptive” and “misplaced” traumatic experiences can be processed and healed much more quickly in an Intensive session than is possible in traditional weekly therapy.

Intensives are customized to what our clients need based on mutually discussed treatment goals. In most cases, an EMDR Intensive consists of 3-hour “blocks.” The blocks are designed to be spaced apart in a way that allows the client to participate in the EMDR block, a “resting period” and to repeat that cadence until the intensive has ended.  

Rather than dealing with things on a weekly basis for an extended period of time, you can often work through many issues intensively and fast-track the healing and relief you seek as you look to move forward with your life. EMDR Intensive participants participate in a 1-hour intake session that can be on our virtual platform or in person. In some cases, Intensives can be utilized to work on very specific parts of a client’s history and after the Intensive, the client returns to the care of their weekly therapist. If you currently have a therapist, please feel free to discuss this option with them and I am happy to discuss collaborative work. 

In the long run, Intensives are more cost-effective because the therapy is concentrated and highly focused. The work is much more efficient and requires less session time and less cost overall. Rather than walking through your story (and the trauma of it) for less than an hour each week the intensive allows you to open up the story and trauma and rest in knowing you have time to process and heal before “time is up.”  

What is EMDR therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders.

Source: emdria.org

How is EMDR therapy different from other therapies?

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.

How else does EMDR therapy differ from other therapies?

EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.

To inquire further about EMDR Intensives at River Tree, contact Karen Carnes at 615-692-9518 or email her directly at karencarnes@rivertreecenter.com.

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