You work hard to be
shouldn't your therapy be too?
thinking about going to therapy for a while now, but the idea of having to take up time every week for who knows how long feels like a chore that you just don’t have the time and energy for right now. I get it - you’re busy! I mean, you’re holding it together, but that’s just it.
You’re tired of working so hard to “cope.”
You’ve already tried talk therapy. It was helpful, but it feels like you didn’t really get to the root of the problem. You don’t want to wait to feel better. You’re ready to deal with “it” – whatever “it” is – and you don’t want to spend months in the traditional weekly model before you can move on.
Wouldn’t it feel amazing to not have old emotional baggage getting in between you and success in your work?
What does it mean to heal from the inside out?
We are born with a need for connection, love and belonging.
Our earliest experiences in life teach us what to believe about ourselves and others.
When we have painful early experiences that are overwhelming to us, we begin to experience disconnection and can start to get emotionally stuck. Our young brains are not equipped to process these experiences, so they are not integrated properly.
These experiences become frozen in a bundle of feelings, images, thoughts, physical sensations and beliefs. We can start to feel unloved - and therefore begin to believe we are unlovable. We can feel unworthy or like we don’t deserve good things.
When this disconnection is left unresolved, it becomes the narrative about ourselves and will manifest itself in relationships that follow, continuing into adulthood.
This “not good enough” narrative shows up in our personal lives - but it also shows up in our careers.
EMDR Intensives, as part of a comprehensive approach to therapy, help us resolve those old, distorted narratives that do not serve you in your life today.
As the saying goes, we repeat what we don’t repair.
Aren’t you tired of seeing the same old patterns repeat themselves? Aren’t you tired of believing you can’t get what you want?
You can change the narrative.
Sometimes the traditional model of weekly therapy sessions is unnecessarily limiting.
Fortunately, EMDR therapy is not limited to the traditional format.
Are you ready to:
Feel like something is actually changing as a result of therapy
See change happen in days or weeks, instead of months
Resolve problems from the root instead of working harder to cope with the problem
Together we will:
Identify the thoughts, beliefs, emotions and physical sensations you are wanting to resolve
Create a customized treatment program with specific, targeted treatment goals - all on your preferred timeline
Assess the positive changes you experience from your EMDR Intensive and support your ongoing growth with personalized resources
Welcome to your EMDR Intensive
After your initial consult, we will meet for a pre-intensive assessment session to identify the issues you are looking to address, set goals, discuss any barriers and assess whether or not an EMDR Intensive is right for you at this time.
Following your assessment session, we will meet for 3 intensive sessions, ideally during the same week, or spread out over a couple of weeks if needed. Sessions are done virtually, typically for 2 to 3 hours each appointment.
After your 3 EMDR Intensive sessions, we will meet for a 90-minute follow-up session to reflect on what feels better, what changed, and what still needs attention. I will provide you with resources for ongoing learning and self-development. Some clients return to their primary therapist to continue their work, and others do not require ongoing therapy.
EMDR Intensives can help you:
Feel more grounded and present - like a weight has been lifted from your shoulders
Strengthen your confidence, self-compassion and self-acceptance
Experience less rumination, preoccupation with others and guilt
Reduce the need to “cope” with symptoms because the underlying issues have been resolved
Reach your goals in significantly less time than traditional therapy
EMDR Intensives give you a path to emotional freedom on your terms.
What is EMDR?EMDR is an evidence-based treatment for emotional trauma and other conditions. When we experience situations that are overwhelming, our brain sometimes has difficulty processing that experience all the way through to a natural conclusion. The experience sits in an incompletely-stored bundle on our neural pathways, along with all the thoughts, beliefs, feelings, sensations and images that were part of that experience. Parts of us get stuck in “trauma time.” EMDR helps the brain access that bundle that has gotten stuck and reprocess it, so that you can complete the experience now in the ways that you needed to then, but couldn’t. Research shows that our brain has the ability to change and create new neural pathways. EMDR harnesses the brain’s natural ability to change and form new neural connections, which allows you to develop more life-giving beliefs about yourself and the world around you. More information about EMDR is available at www.emdria.org.
What kinds of issues can you treat with an EMDR Intensive?EMDR Intensives can be helpful for a wide range of issues. I specialize in helping Adult Children of Alcoholics, and I have also seen tremendous results for people with other types of trauma, including childhood trauma, attachment trauma, workplace trauma, traumatic birth experiences and accidents, as well as for performance anxiety, fear of public speaking, creative blocks, and phobias.
I have experienced a lot of trauma in my life. Is it safe for me to do an EMDR Intensive?Think of an EMDR Intensive as an accelerator for your progress. We don’t skip any steps in the process, we just do the steps a little faster and more efficiently. Part of our assessment meeting is to discuss your history and what the right next steps for your healing might be. We start where you are, and – as I frequently say to my clients – we don’t push our way through therapy. We can only go as fast as the slowest part of you.
I already have a therapist. Can I do an EMDR Intensive with you?Yes! We’ve all – therapists and clients alike – had the experience of feeling stuck or knowing there’s a block that we keep hitting over and over, no matter how hard we both work. It can be discouraging for both the client and the therapist. Sometimes an additional intervention using a different approach can help shake things loose. Through Adjunct EMDR Intensives, I collaborate with your primary therapist to help resolve the stuck point so that your work with them can move forward. Adjunct EMDR does not replace or interrupt the primary therapy. I think of it like the relationship between your primary care doctor who might sometimes refer you to a specialist.