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Unlocking Healing: Exploring the Power of EMDR Intensives

Nov 16, 2023
Unlocking Healing: Exploring the Power of EMDR Intensives

When it comes to healing from trauma and other emotional wounds, traditional therapy sessions may not always be sufficient. For those who have experienced severe trauma, complex PTSD, or have simply hit a roadblock in their therapy journey, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) intensives can be a transformative and highly effective approach to healing. 

With EMDR Intensives, we accelerate healing and devote specific time to address targeted treatment goals. In this blog, we will explore the concept of EMDR intensives, what they entail, and the incredible potential they offer for healing and growth.

What is EMDR?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a psychotherapy approach developed by Francine Shapiro in the late 1980s. It is based on the idea that the mind can heal from psychological trauma much like the body heals from physical injuries. EMDR has been used to treat a wide range of issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and more.  You can watch a video HERE to learn more about it.

In traditional EMDR therapy, individuals work through their traumas and emotional difficulties over several sessions. However, when the intensity of the trauma or the complexity of the condition demands a more concentrated approach, EMDR intensives come into play.

What are EMDR Intensives?

EMDR intensives are a condensed and immersive form of EMDR therapy. Each therapist can design them to meet their needs, and they may vary by provider.  Instead of the typical one-hour weekly sessions, intensives involve longer and more frequent sessions, often spanning several days to a week or more. The goal is to create a concentrated and focused healing environment that accelerates the therapeutic process.  This process allows you to skip waitlists and focus on specific goals and memories.

What are key benefits of EMDR Intensives? 

Extended Sessions: EMDR intensives typically involve extended sessions, often lasting several hours. This extended time frame allows for deeper exploration and processing of traumatic experiences.

Frequent Sessions: Instead of the traditional once-a-week schedule, EMDR intensives involve daily or near-daily sessions. This frequency helps maintain the momentum of therapy and allows for continuous progress.

Immersive Experience: Intensives are often held in a quiet and secluded environment, away from the distractions and stressors of everyday life. This immersion can help individuals focus solely on their healing journey.

Highly Trained Therapists: EMDR intensives are conducted by highly trained and experienced EMDR therapists who are skilled in guiding individuals through intense emotional processing.

Benefits of EMDR Intensives:

Accelerated Healing: The concentrated nature of EMDR intensives allows individuals to make significant progress in a shorter period. This can be especially beneficial for those who have been struggling with their conditions for a long time.

Deep Emotional Processing: Extended sessions provide the time and space needed to delve deeply into traumatic memories and emotions, enabling individuals to process and desensitize them more effectively.

Reduced Interruptions: Being away from daily life for a week or more means fewer interruptions and distractions. This can help individuals stay focused on their healing process.

Intensive Support: The continuous presence of a skilled therapist offers vital support throughout the intensive, helping individuals navigate intense emotional experiences.

Positive Outcomes: Many individuals who have undergone EMDR intensives report significant reductions in symptoms related to trauma, anxiety, and depression. They often experience a sense of empowerment and a newfound ability to move forward in life.

EMDR intensives are a powerful and transformative approach to healing from trauma and emotional wounds. For the therapist, they are also a way to be able to manage the treatment plan with multiple experiences and be able to commit to the process.  

In my experience as a therapist, these EMDR intensives have had very positive outcomes for patients looking to heal in an accelerated way.  While they may not be suitable for everyone, they offer an accelerated path to recovery for those in need of intensive care. For the therapist, they can support you in addressing the treatment goals in one manner, rather than several visits.  This can be optimal for both the patient and the provider.

Until next time,



Couch, K. ( 2023, November 16). Unlocking Healing: Exploring the Power of EMDR Intensives [Blog Post]. Rewired360. Retrieved from

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