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EMDR Intensives

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What is an EMDR Intensive?

An intensive is a way to deliver treatment in an intensive but short period of time, typically a weekend, where multiple EMDR sessions per day are completed. New research shows that intensive therapy for trauma and stress can be highly effective in symptom reduction.

Online EMDR

Many of our clients were surprised to learn that therapists even prior to the Coronavirus were already providing EMDR services online. Much of the preparation needed for EMDR is done through careful discussions with your therapist about goals, trauma/stress targets, trauma maps, and shoring up internal resources. This is done without much change from in-person sessions.

The bilateral stimulation works quite well in an online format with traditional eye movements (visual bilateral movements), self-tapping (tactile bilateral stimulation) or with an inexpensive phone app and headphones (auditory bilateral stimulation). Your therapist will help you decide which modality is best for you. Both the research and our own anecdotal information from our clients indicate EMDR is remarkably effective in clearing trauma and distress from the nervous system when done online.

Appropriateness for
EMDR Intensives

While many clients are good candidates for an intensive, some may do better with an ongoing therapeutic relationship. Clients with long-term childhood abuse or neglect, who have had years of traumatic events, are typically not advised to do an Intensive. Some exceptions can be made for those currently under the care of a trusted provider that they can return to. Clients with this type of history can make progress on particular parts of events, but often are not finished with treatment and need to continue with their regular therapist following the intensive. Ideal candidates have had a single stressful or traumatic event, such as an assault, fire, or car accident.

Preparation Phase

Your therapist will do a strong assessment first. Your therapist may also provide you with written assessment materials (typically a questionnaire) to help pinpoint targets for EMDR and your goals, as well as gather additional information about your background and history. Your therapist will also want to view relevant previous mental health records, and staff with your current therapist (if you have one).

Treatment Phase

The treatment phase of the intensive is typically three sessions per day over a weekend. There will be breaks in between for meals,
rest, and self-care.

  • 90-minute intake session
  • (2) Three-hour EMDR session, consecutively

Example: Intake session on Friday and EMDR session the following Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00A-12:00P. Breaks are included
for both days.

Your therapist will provide you with a list of suggested activities in town that help re-regulate your nervous system after sessions,
such as massage therapists, yoga classes, nature hiking areas, and other options.


Intensives are $1500 self-pay. Insurance does not cover the costs, as intensives are not part of coverage plans. There are also no insurance codes for intensives for billing, so clients cannot submit claims to insurance themselves.

If you are interested in learning more about Intensives or in scheduling this, please fill out our contact form and indicate this preference
in the "reason for inquiry" section.

Appointment Scheduling:

Email to schedule an EMDR Intensive.


EMDR requires specialized training. Leticia is a Certified EMDR Therapist.