Adjunct EMDR


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Expand Your Knowledge

To get the most out of your therapeutic experience, I recommend learning more about EMDR therapy and EMDR Intensives. It is important for both you and your primary therapist to understand the process for adjunct EMDR. 


A Powerful Supplement 

I’m delighted to hear that you’ve already taken the courageous step to engage in therapy. It’s truly a testament to your commitment to your well-being. And if you’re considering supplementing your therapy with EMDR Intensives, that’s wonderful news!

Adjunct EMDR refers to the use of EMDR intensives alongside or as a supplement for your primary therapeutic relationship. There are multiple intensive scheduling options, allowing you to decide what best fits your schedule and therapeutic goals. Whether you opt for a shorter, focused schedule or an immersive one, rest assured that you will be provided personalized support every step of the way.

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Before Your Intensive Session …


Intensive Intake

We’ll start with discussing your goals, previous therapeutic experiences, and any present concerns to understand your unique needs and determine if adjunct EMDR is the right fit for you. You will receive symptom measures as part of your intake paperwork to evaluate your present symptoms and get an idea of where we are in terms of your goals. 


Therapist Consultation

After your Intensive Intake session, I will consult with your primary therapist as well as send them Feedback & Case Planning Forms so that our work compliments and supports what you’re already doing. 


Intensive Sessions

Adjunct EMDR involves intensive EMDR therapy sessions typically focused on addressing specific issues or traumas. These sessions tend to be longer than regular therapy sessions, giving us the time and space to really delve deep into your healing process.

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Readiness Checklist

Review each item to assess what requires further attention prior to engaging in EMDR therapy:

Am I willing and open to be honest about my experiences with my primary and EMDR therapist?
Do I have tools to manage potential emotional intensity, stress, and triggers? 
Am I physically fit enough to handle the mental or physical stress associated with EMDR therapy?

If taking medications, are they presently stable and effective?


Am I open to crisis management strategies such as safety planning and self-care commitments?

After Your Intensive Session …


Integration Sessions

 Integration Sessions following intensive sessions with myself or your primary therapist are highly recommended as part of the intensive structure to review progress made and integrate new insights. 


Follow-Up & Ongoing Support

I’ll be available for follow-up and ongoing support as needed for clients and their primary therapist.  

My EMDR Training


Certified EMDR Therapist & Consultant-in-Training (CIT)

  • My journey with EMDR therapy began years ago when I tried the modality to address my own symptoms. In 2021 I completed basic training and since then I have become a Certified EMDR Therapist and Consultant-in-Training (CIT). 
  • You can learn more about EMDR therapy and levels of training on the Blogs.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is adjunct EMDR?

Adjunct EMDR refers to the use of EMDR Intensive Programs alongside existing individual psychotherapy with another therapist. It’s a supplemental approach aimed at enhancing and accelerating the therapeutic process for individuals who are already engaged in therapy.

How does adjunct EMDR differ from traditional EMDR therapy?

While traditional EMDR therapy typically involves 50 minute sessions with a trained EMDR therapist, adjunctive EMDR integrates intensive EMDR sessions into an individual’s existing therapy plan. This means that adjunctive EMDR is designed to work alongside and complement ongoing therapy with another therapist.

Who is adjunct EMDR suitable for?

Adjunctive EMDR may be suitable for individuals who are already engaged in individual psychotherapy with another therapist and are looking to supplement their therapeutic journey with targeted EMDR interventions. It can be particularly beneficial for those seeking additional support for specific issues or traumas.

How do I know if adjunct EMDR is right for me?

Deciding if adjunctive EMDR is right for you involves considering your therapeutic goals, current progress in therapy, and openness to integrating EMDR techniques into your treatment plan. A consultation can help you explore whether this approach aligns with your needs and preferences.

What can I expect during adjunct EMDR sessions?

Adjunct EMDR sessions are typically more intensive and focused on processing targeted issues or traumas. The sessions may be longer or more frequent than traditional therapy sessions, allowing for deeper exploration and resolution of underlying issues. Your therapist will guide you through EMDR protocols tailored to your specific goals and needs.

Will adjunct EMDR replace my current therapy?

No, adjunctive EMDR is designed to complement and enhance your existing therapy. It’s meant to be integrated into your overall treatment plan in collaboration with your current therapist. Your therapist and EMDR practitioner will work together to ensure continuity of care and support your ongoing therapeutic journey.

How long does adjunct EMDR typically last?

The duration of adjunctive EMDR can vary depending on individual needs and goals. Some individuals may benefit from a shorter, more focused program, while others may require a more extended course of treatment. Your therapist and EMDR practitioner will work with you to develop a treatment plan that aligns with your specific needs and preferences.

Experience the power of adjunct EMDR in accelerating your healing journey. 

Reach out now to explore how this innovative approach can amplify the effectiveness of your current therapy. Take charge of your well-being and embark on a path of profound transformation.