Your problems didn’t develop an hour a week. Why should they be addressed that way?
You have been dealing with your issues for a long time. If you are ready to address them, why wait through months of weekly therapy sessions? A single day of intensive therapy equals about 8 hour-long sessions. This is equivalent to 2 months of weekly therapy.
Intensive Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) can fast-track your recovery. I offer 2-4 day therapy retreats to address issues in a concise format. I also offer 2-4 hour sessions on a weekly or twice-a-week basis to help you progress more quickly.
You may have tried weekly counseling sessions and found that they didn’t help. It can be hard to talk about disturbing memories and find relief within a 55-minute session. Time is wasted at the start of each session saying hello and catching up on the past week's events. Sometimes therapy sessions wind up focusing on present-day issues, and the underlying issues remain untouched.
EMDR intensives can be more powerful than weekly therapy sessions because the therapy is continuous. There is no need to catch up on the intervening week's events or re-open difficult memories. We can stay focused on addressing your underlying issues.
Intensive therapy is highly concentrated and focused. Issues can often be addressed with less time in therapy, which means lower overall cost for treatment.
We can address any issue that has been bothering you, including childhood experiences, issues from deployment, or recent relationship issues.
I am trained in addressing traumatic experiences, grief, loss, moral injury, and addiction. I am also comfortable exploring spiritual and religious issues, as well as concerns relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.
We will develop an individualized treatment plan for your therapy.
My step-by-step therapeutic process draws on the latest evidenced-based PTSD treatment, including EMDR and Internal Family Systems therapy. Once you commit to the intensive approach, we can address your underlying issues in order to significantly reduce flashbacks, anger, or other symptoms. My intensives are also highly customized so that they are not retraumatizing. We will move at your pace and take breaks when needed.
Short answer: It depends.
I schedule full-day EMDR intensives for 2-4 days. A shorter intensive may be sufficient to address a single traumatic incident. A longer intensive is likely required to address more complex trauma, including events in both childhood and adulthood.
I recommend that you have a therapist to provide on-going therapy after an intensive experience. If you are already working with another therapist, I am happy to collaborate with them before and after the intensive. I can also provide individual sessions after the intensive to continue and consolidate the healing process.
I also offer intensive EMDR in a less compact format. We can meet once or twice a week (or once every other week) for 2-4 hours per session. Please contact me to discuss scheduling options.
The first day of a 2-4 day intensive begins with an assessment. We will review grounding exercises that we can use throughout the intensive. Then we will begin addressing issues with EMDR, as appropriate for your situation.
Typically, sessions begin at 9:00 and end by 5:00. The schedule is flexible to accommodate the work being done. One of the benefits of an EMDR intensive is that we can take breaks as needed or keep working if we are in the flow. A one-hour lunch break will be taken each day.
I provide sessions via a telehealth through a HIPAA-compliant website. Due to my licensure requirements, you need to be located in Virginia during the sessions.
We can also meet in-person at my office in Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia.
Yes! EMDR is highly effective when delivered via telehealth. One of the top benefits of doing EMDR from your own location is that you do not need to address your issues in an unfamiliar or uncomfortable therapist's office. You also do not need to face Virginia traffic after the sessions.
Full-day Intensives = $1,200 per day (6 hours of therapy per day). A 50% deposit will be required to confirm your appointment. The remaining 50% will be paid on the last day of the EMDR Intensive. If we end the intensive before the break on the last day, I charge $600 for a half-day session.
First, schedule a 20-minute, free phone consultation. The goal of this call is to explore whether we are a good fit for an EMDR intensive.
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