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EMDR Intensives: What are they & could they be a good fit for me?

Updated: Feb 12


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What is EMDR?


EMDR Intensives are an alternative to traditional EMDR therapy. EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is an evidence-based therapy approach widely recognized for its effectiveness in treating trauma-related issues. It's a structured, eight-phase process that uses bilateral stimulation to access the emotional part of the brain. This assists individuals in processing distressing memories and resolving the emotional, cognitive, and physiological impacts of trauma. EMDR has been instrumental in helping countless people heal from a wide range of traumatic experiences, from accidents and loss to emotional abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More information about EMDR therapy can be found here


What Issues Can EMDR Help With?


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  • PTSD

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Imposter Syndrome

  • Grief and Loss

  • Perfectionism

  • Low Self-Worth

  • many more!



What Are EMDR Intensives?


So, what is the difference between traditional EMDR and an EMDR intensive? There are a few key differences. One of the most notable is the difference in time. With traditional EMDR therapy, the amount of time or number of sessions needed will vary depending on each individual. Traditional EMDR takes place over a series of one-hour sessions. EMDR intensives offer a faster approach that has comparable results to traditional EMDR therapy. EMDR intensives are any sessions that are longer than the traditional 50 minutes to one hour. As a result, this allows you the opportunity to work through deeper issues in a shorter amount of time. Intensives offer a specialized individual experience and often offer adjunct services that your therapist may not offer in traditional therapy, such as ecotherapy, yoga, sound baths, and yoga nidra.


Realistic Expectations and EMDR


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While EMDR is proven to be effective in helping on your healing journey, it’s important to remember that there is no “magic pill” or “quick fix” when dealing with mental health issues.  Individuals with C-PTSD may need longer to heal due to the presence of multiple traumatic incidents. Setting realistic expectations for EMDR is an essential step before you start your EMDR journey.


Is an EMDR Intensive Right for Me?


There are a few points to consider when determining if an EMDR Intensive could be a good fit for you. 

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EMDR Intensives may be a good fit for you if:


  • You’re looking to do deeper work but have limited time.

  • Your day-to-day struggles aren’t improving

  • You’re feeling stuck in traditional therapy

  • You’re committed to healing 



Where Can I Find an EMDR Intensive? 


EMDR Intensives can be found by 

Intuitive Healing and Wellness has just rolled out our new EMDR Intensive sessions.  Sessions are available to new AND current clients. Sessions are offered online or in person.*



*in-person session availability is based on need and interest 


Interested or Want More Information?


Complete our interest form to schedule a free consultation, visit our webpage to learn more or reach out with any questions!



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