Trauma Resolution / EMDR Intensive Sessions
What are Intensive Sessions?
As the name suggests- Intensive sessions are intense in terms of trauma resolution. Extremely useful for people who are unable to schedule weekly therapy sessions or need accelerated healing. The goal of intensive sessions is not just short-term symptom management but long-term change management. This enables our clients in achieving sustainable results which are equivalent to several weeks or months of weekly therapy
The sessions are extremely customized and use the integrative approach of various specialized therapies (Attachment focused – EMDR, Brainspotting, Tension release exercises (TRE) and Somatic Experiencing (SE) addressing the root cause of the issues. The combination of these brain- body modalities work at regulating the nervous system while empowering our clients to be more resilient. We don’t talk them out of their pain but enable them to embody the insights that arise from their own wisdom in the therapeutic process.
Intensive sessions are of a longer duration. Longer length of the sessions allows ample time and space to manage issues and fully resolve them. This is different from weekly scheduled sessions where we chip away issues gradually over the course of a few weeks and months (depending on the client’s needs, their present condition and therapeutic goals).
Intensives are different from recurring therapy sessions schedule on a weekly basis. These sessions are scheduled for a half day, full day, or eve 2 days. The length of therapy is determined by the target(s) and client’s goals
One of the best things about Intensive Sessions is that these can be scheduled at a time you set aside for yourself to do some constructive work. This is the time you set aside for focusing on yourself and improving your condition. The sessions help you to get past a barrier or blockage that has been deterring you from having the life.
Intensive Sessions – Understanding the Incredible Benefits
There are many benefits of Intensive Sessions. In most cases, clients resolve issues and barriers in a single Intensive Session! These sessions allow us to “go deep” and be present with the client until we get to the root cause of the issue. The treatment approach is more helpful than weekly sessions where we need to start and stop many times.
In case of Intensive sessions, we spend less time in opening and closing targets. This allows us more time to indulge in the actual processing of the issue. Most importantly, the result of an Intensive Session is equivalent to several weeks or months of weekly therapy. This saves clients’ valuable time.
Another major benefit is that you are not left on your own for the rest of the week to manage anxiety. These feelings of trauma and anxiety may trigger between weekly sessions. You may not be able to handle them on your own. We aim at working through the root cause of the anxiety while building the skills for better self-regulation during these Intensive Sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Trauma resolution /EMDR Intensive Session?
A. EMDR intensive is intensely focused treatment session that can be accomplished in a single day, several days, or a week-long session. The time period is determined by one’s specific needs and goals.
Usually, a full one-day intensives session starts at 10 in the morning and ends at around 6 in the evening. Our therapists allow an hour break for lunch. Other smaller breaks are also allowed as per the client’s need. Our most popular one is 3-hour intensive session for consecutive 5 days. Clients are suggested to follow the self- care routine along with the regular sleep schedule especially during those days.
For ease of understanding, if a client opts for a single day trauma treatment Intensive Session of 7 hours of therapy, this will be equivalent of seven sessions lasting for 50–55 minutes. To sum up, one retreat day is equivalent to 2 months of therapy!
Are Intensive sessions helpful in treating all kinds of traumas?
Intensive sessions are extremely effective for the following two types of traumas:
1. Single-event Trauma – It is an incident with a clear beginning and an end. Some of the best examples of this type of trauma include a terrible loss, robbery, a car accident, rape, a natural disaster, severe injury, witness of an act of violence, traumatic medical procedure, and a victim of an act of violence.
2. Complex Trauma – This kind of trauma occurs several times in an individual’s life over an extended period of time. Some of the common examples of this kind of trauma include developmental trauma- adverse childhood experiences, relational trauma, experiencing or witnessing emotional abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, workplace trauma, suffering from a life-threatening illness, long-term bullying, constant or frequent exposure to a parent/spouse/family member abusing drugs or alcohol.
Am I the right candidate for Intensive sessions?
It is the right course of treatment for you if:
- Your current therapy progress has been stuck.
- You want faster results.
- You feel stuck in some patterns of behavior / thoughts.
- You are falling short of time and unable to be present for weekly therapy. However, an intensive is not for you if:
- You have been disturbed by thoughts of harming others, commit suicide, or self harm in any way.
- You have been actively taking drugs or alcohol
Under such conditions, we would recommend you to dedicate time for weekly therapy. It is helpful in ensuring your safety and stabilization.
Why work intensively with us?
Because we firmly believe in our client’s instinctual capacity and intellectual capability to heal. As therapists we don’t just compassionately witness our client’s pain but we also become the facilitators of change within them. We enable our clients to confront their histories, grieve over it and integrate the new insights.
Our therapy is like stitches. If you have a large cut, a doctor uses stitches to help the skin come together. Your skin does the healing, but stitches are often necessary to facilitate the healing. In the same way, our role as therapists is to facilitate and create an environment to heal.
Consultation sessions depend on one’s goals. Some may benefit from the traditional way of meeting once a week while others may need to have a different more personalized approach. It is a flexible way of working with clients.