EMDR Intensives

ACCELERATED HEALING FOR FASTER RELIEF 

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OVERVIEW

What are EMDR Intensives?

EMDR intensives are specialized therapeutic sessions designed to provide concentrated EMDR therapy over a shorter period, typically lasting for several hours or days. The goal is to accelerate the healing process by addressing and reprocessing traumatic memories more quickly than in standard weekly therapy sessions. These intensives allow for deeper work on core issues due to the extended time frame.

 

 

EMDR Therapy & Intensives

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a psychotherapeutic approach developed by Francine Shapiro that uses bilateral stimulation to help treat trauma and PTSD, as well as other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and phobias. EMDR therapy involves accessing and reprocessing traumatic memories to reduce their emotional charge and alleviate associated symptoms. It aims to help individuals process distressing experiences, adaptively integrate them, and develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.

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Benefits of EMDR Intensives

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Rapid Progress

Clients often experience significant progress in a short period, which can be especially beneficial for those with severe symptoms or those who have limited time.

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Reduced Distress

The intensive nature helps to quickly reduce distress associated with traumatic memories.

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Flexibility

Intensives can be scheduled to fit the client’s availability, which is advantageous for those with busy schedules or who are traveling from out of town.

 

Intensive Structure

An Intensive Intake Session is crucial for initial assessment and preparation to ensure you are ready for the intensive process. This session can be 60 or 90 mins. The 90 minute length is recommended as it gives us more time to dive into assessment and preparation instead of those having to happen on the day of your intensive. 

Each Intensive Session typically lasts several hours. For example, a two-day intensive might include 3-hour sessions each day. The sessions will involve multiple phases of EMDR, including history-taking, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and re-evaluation.

 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.

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Suitability

An ideal candidate for intensive work is someone who is generally well-functioning (e.g., stable on medications, not actively abusing substances, committed to safety and treatment, physically and mentally fit to handle associated stress). A Readiness Checklist is provided as part of intake to further assess suitability.  As a further precaution, those with health conditions may be asked to additionally consult with a medical provider prior to beginning treatment. 

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Integration

Intensives are intended to compliment your ongoing therapy journey, ensuring that every breakthrough is smoothly integrated into your healing process. If considering intensive work without a current therapist, our Intensive Intake can further help assess suitability and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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Collaboration

If you are already working with another primary therapist, it is important for both you and your primary therapist to understand the process for adjunctive therapy with EMDR Intensives. Learn more here.

SCHEDULING OPTIONS

Decide Your Intensive Schedule

ONE-DAY, 2 HR INTENSIVE

Transformative Session for Rapid Results 

What You Get:

+ 2-HOUR INTENSIVE SESSION.
+ PERSONALIZED STRATEGY.
+ IMMEDIATE INSIGHTS & ACTION PLAN.
+ FOLLOW-UP RESOURCES.

Ideal For:

+ Individuals needing expert guidance on a specific issue.
+ Professionals seeking quick, impactful results.
+ Those looking to accelerate their progress in a short amount of time. 

TWO-DAY, 2 HR INTENSIVE

Deep Dive for Sustained Transformation

What You Get:

+ 2-HOUR SESSIONS OVER TWO DAYS.
+ PERSONALIZED PLAN.
+ DETAILED ACTION PLAN.
+ EXTENDED SUPPORT

Ideal For:

+ Professionals aiming for a thorough and sustained transformation.
+ Individuals needing intensive support over a couple of days.
+ Anyone looking to develop a detailed and actionable plan.

ONE-DAY, 3 HR INTENSIVE

Accelerated Session for Maximum Impact

What You Get:

+ 3-HOUR INTENSIVE SESSION.
+ CUSTOMIZED STRATEGY.
+ IMMEDIATE ACTION STEPS
+ COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCES.

Ideal For:

+ Professionals seeking significant, rapid progress. 
+ Individuals needing expert guidance on complex issues.
+ Anyone looking to achieve substantial results in a shorter time frame.

TWO-DAY, 3 HR INTENSIVE

In-depth Transformation for Lasting Impact

What You Get:

+ 3-HOUR SESSIONS OVER TWO DAYS.
+ PERSONALIZED STRATEGY.
+ DETAILED ACTION PLAN.
+ EXTENSIVE RESOURCES.

Ideal For:

+ Professionals seeking profound and sustained transformation.
+ Individuals needing intensive support for complex issues.
+ Anyone looking to develop a detailed &  actionable plan quickly.

My EMDR Training

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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.

Research on EMDR Intensives

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Research Supporting the Effectiveness of EMDR Intensives

  • Intensive application of trauma-focused therapy seems to be well tolerated in patients with PTSD, enabling faster symptom reduction with similar, or even better, results, while reducing the risk that patients drop out prematurely. Learn more here and here.
  • Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here.
  • An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.
  • The economy is compelling: even compared to other trauma therapy, the intensive format may decrease treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.

EMDR TESTIMONIALS

What People Are Saying

“I have worked with Cat as her Approved Consultant in her EMDRIA certification process. Cat has completed individual and group consultation sessions with me since she earned her EMDR Therapy Basic Training certificate in May 2021.

I also worked with Cat for some of her foundational consultation hours and I have been thoroughly impressed by her development as a therapist and as an EMDR practitioner over the past few years. Cat demonstrates a thorough understanding of EMDR Therapy and its theoretical foundation. She is competently able to apply EMDR Therapy techniques and combine them with other therapeutic approaches and techniques to meet the needs of individual clients. Cat is ethical in her approach and consistently seeks support and guidance from peers and consultants to ensure best clinical practices. She is open to feedback and committed to working on her own professional and personal development. I am confident that Cat will be an asset to the existing international community of EMDR Therapy clinicians.”

– ERIN KELLY, CERTIFIED EMDR THERAPIST & CONSULTANT –

“I have had the privilege of working closely with her over the past several years, and I have been consistently impressed with her exceptional skills, professionalism, and dedication to her clients’ well-being.

Catherine has demonstrated a profound understanding of trauma therapy and its impact on individuals. She possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical foundations and practical applications of EMDR therapy. Her expertise in using this evidence-based approach to treat trauma-related disorders is truly commendable. She is proficient in conducting thorough assessments, formulating treatment plans, and implementing interventions that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client.

One of Catherine’s greatest strengths is her ability to establish a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship. Her warm and compassionate demeanor instantly puts clients at ease, creating an environment conducive to healing and growth. She actively listens to her clients, validates their experiences, and provides unwavering support throughout the therapeutic journey.

Catherine also demonstrates exceptional clinical skills during EMDR sessions. She exhibits a deep understanding of the EMDR protocol and utilizes it effectively to help clients process and resolve traumatic memories.

Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend Catherine as an EMDR therapist. Her exceptional skills, genuine empathy, and unwavering commitment to her clients makes her an invaluable asset to any therapy clinic or organization. I am confident that she will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of those she serves.”

– DR. KELLY MOTHNER, HERMOSA BEACH THERAPIST –

“I have had the privilege of working alongside Catherine for several years, and during this time, I have witnessed her exemplary skills in utilizing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to facilitate profound healing and transformation in her clients. Catherine’s proficiency in EMDR therapy is truly commendable. She demonstrates a deep understanding of the therapeutic process and utilizes EMDR techniques with precision and effectiveness. Her clients consistently report significant improvements in their mental health and well-being as a result of her therapeutic interventions. Catherine’s dedication to staying updated on the latest developments in EMDR therapy further underscores her commitment to providing the highest quality of care to her clients.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Catherine exemplifies the highest standards of ethical practice. She approaches her work with integrity, compassion, and a steadfast commitment to upholding the confidentiality and dignity of her clients. Catherine’s ethical compass guides her decision-making process, ensuring that she always acts in the best interests of those under her care. Furthermore, Catherine’s professional character is exemplary. She is a collaborative and supportive team member, always willing to share her knowledge and expertise with colleagues. Her strong work ethic, reliability, and genuine concern for the welfare of others make her a trusted and respected member of our professional community.

In summary, I wholeheartedly recommend Catherine Alvarado, LMFT, for her outstanding utilization of EMDR therapy, unwavering commitment to ethical practice, and exceptional professional character. She is a dedicated therapist who consistently strives to empower her clients to achieve healing, growth, and resilience.

– ANTIGONI VASILOPOULOU, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST –

EMDR INTENSIVES

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of having a longer session?

Intensives allow the opportunity to progress through your symptoms in a more succinct and focused way without the interruptions of a 50-minute session. They are offered in a program model with a defined number of contact hours allowing you to work on specific treatment goals.

Will I be able to resolve everything in one intensive?

Intensives are not a guarantee we will be able to resolve everything you would like to at once.  We can use our Intensive Intake to determine an appropriate plan to address all your goals.

What if I already have a therapist?

If you are already working with a therapist, EMDR Intensives can be used as adjunctive therapy. Learn more. 

How many intensives will I need to attend to feel better?

Time spent in intensive work can vary depending on the individual’s needs and goals. Some intensives may span several over the course of some weeks, while others may consist of shorter but more frequent sessions over a condensed timeframe. The duration is often determined by factors such as the complexity of the trauma, the client’s readiness for intensive therapy, and logistical considerations.

How do I know if Intensives are suitable for me?

Deciding on suitability for Intensives involves considering your readiness for intensive therapy, availability for consecutive sessions, and ability to manage emotional distress. Discussing these factors during your Intensive Intake can help determine if an intensives align with your treatment needs and preferences.

How does payment work for Intensives?

Ivy Pay will send you a text message after your Phone Consultation, assist you in entering your payment information, process the charge for your Intensive Intake Session, and store your card for ongoing use. Following this, payment is due on the day of each scheduled offering. Sliding Fee availability is limited. Learn more. 

EMDR Intensives

If you feel this approach could benefit you, connect with me so we can discuss further and determine next steps.