Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
What is EMDR?
EMDR is a highly researched method of trauma therapy. It uses a dual attention stimulus to help your brain reprocess difficult memories. EMDR can also be used effectively for anxiety and depression. EMDR consists of 8 phases that include history taking, resourcing your strengths in your mind and body, trauma targeting and reprocessing, and finally helping you engage with more helpful and less distressing thoughts about your trauma.
What is an EMDR Intensive?
EMDR Intensives are prolonged EMDR sessions aimed at increasing the efficiency of memory processing. An intensive can help you feel less distress around traumatic events or adverse life experiences rather quickly while simultaneously helping you learn skills to manage nervous system dysregulation
EMDR Intensives are 4 hour sessions ($600, not covered by insurance) where you and your therapist focus on reprocessing difficult experiences. An initial evaluation is required to determine appropriateness for treatment. Insurance may cover this initial evaluation.
What should I expect?
-EMDR therapist consultation with your previous or current mental health provider
-Body Techniques to help regulate your nervous system such as yoga poses, breathing, and relaxation
-Breaks as needed to process your internal experience out loud
-Feeling safe and cared for
What should I bring?
-Comfortable clothes such as sweatpants, t-shirts, slippers
-Comfort items such as a blanket, favorite candle, or plushy
-Favorite snack and hydrating drinks