How to Start EMDR Intensive Trauma Therapy

All people in therapy want the same things: personal stability, better relationships, good mental health, and happiness. Some strategies get you there faster than others. EMDR Intensive work speeds up this process for you, so you can start thinking differently, and acting differently, right away.

EMDR Intensives let us make a lot of progress in a short time.

What is EMDR?

FIRST, let’s talk about traumatic memories okay?

A traumatic memory may involve violence, overwhelming grief, a painful violation of trust, a bad medical experience or something else you can’t let go of. We all experience these things. However, a traumatic memory can become a problem when it distracts you in your daily life, comes up whenever you’re faced with a big accomplishment or failure, or keeps you from a restful night’s sleep. Sometimes a traumatic memory might cause you to say things you never meant to say or totally isolate yourself so you can feel safe.

EMDR therapy is a way of talking about traumatic memories while simultaneously moving your eyes or the body in ways that keep you feeling safe. Together we’ll make a individualized plan based on your needs, we’ll work on building skills to regulate yourself, we’ll increase your awareness of what helpful and unhelpful lessons and skills you’ve picked up over time, and then we’ll talk about the moments that taught you your approach to life and relationships. You’ll start to replace old, unhealthy life lessons with new ones that feel right to you, and that’s where your personal transformation takes off!

What is an EMDR Intensive?

An EMDR Intensive is a multi-hour appointment that allows for much more progress to be made in a shorter time.

Consider this: When meeting with a therapist weekly, a few minutes at the beginning of your appointment is used to help you acclimate to the therapy environment, give updates, and pick a topic of focus. After you talk for a bit, a few minutes at the end of the session are used to help you “wrap up” and summarize the session and lessons for the week. This is a perfectly fine way to experience therapy; you learn to build and maintain a safe human bond, you let a couple major concerns out, and that helps you deal with your life.

The difference with working in longer sessions is that we don’t interrupt your mental process after 30 or 40 minutes for wrapping up. You get more intense focus to sort through the challenging stuff on your mind. This allows for several weeks worth of progress in one day.

If you know you’re interested:

If you have more questions, read on through the FAQs!

How many hours will we meet?

We’ll customize your treatment. We’ll start with a 90 minute assessment so we can both be on the same page about where you’re at and where you want to go. We’ll develop a schedule that works for you. Longer weekly sessions, once a week? One long intensive over a weekend? 3 meetings in one week? We’ll figure out what makes sense for you.

You’ll be able to come back for more therapy and you’ll get to decide how long you want to wait before you do.

Can I keep meeting with my current therapist?

YES! I recommend that you do. A long-term therapeutic relationship with a trained professional helps you unlearn old patterns and keeps you feeling stabilized over time. The prep session we have will help us develop a plan that is in line with your therapy, and I like getting your therapist’s or psychiatrist’s perspective.

Are we meeting virtually or in person?

This is something we’ll discuss and agree upon together. The option to meet in-person will only be offered in line with the safest recommendations of the State of California and is subject to change as those recommendations change.

Can ANYONE sign up for this?

Intensive work with me is a great option for you if you’re an adult and you:

-work too much but never feel satisfied

-can’t promise to meet with me every week for an hour right now because of work, caregiving, or school obligations,

-you’ve been in therapy before, but that one thing in your brain STILL won’t leave you alone, OR

-you’re sick of the wait lists to see the Black Lady EMDR therapist in your area/under your insurance.

When we talk, I’ll ask you a little more about yourself, and if I don’t think this approach is a good fit for you, I’m happy to refer you to someone else. While you can get scheduled from from anywhere in the world, you will be asked to be present in the state of California during our appointments.

How much does it cost?

Your first appointment (the intake assessment) is 90 minutes and is $360 (tax included). Treatment will be priced at $240 per hour. I typically recommend 6 hours for the first intensive session. Clients are expected to pay for sessions on the day of service. You can ask for package pricing, and a discount, if you’d like to pay up front. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you will be expected to notify me more than 24 hours in advance to avoid the session fee. I will offer reschedule options based upon the calendar availability.

Will my insurance cover this?

Insurance does may cover a portion of the cost, but will not cover intensive appointments in full. You are responsible for the cost of treatment. To find out how your insurance could reduce your out-of-pocket costs, please submit a request via Advekit and they’ll get us both a summary of your benefits. No superbills necessary; they’ll bill on your behalf and save you the paperwork.

Looking for weekly therapy?

Please use my contact form to get scheduled. A few openings for weekly 90 minute sessions are currently available.

If you’re ready to get started, get in touch!


Imagine a life where your mind doesn’t see a threat around every corner, where you feel brave and whole. That’s where we’re headed!


California Board of Behavioral Sciences
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