EMDR Therapy Intensives are the cutting edge delivery method for the powerful evidence-based therapy known as EMDR Therapy. Intensives are longer than typical therapy sessions and provide concentrated treatment in order to achieve rapid results.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and the full proper term is EMDR Therapy. EMDR Therapy is a full set of theoretical principals, techniques, and protocols fully validated by a lot of research and therefore considered "evidence-based." Applying EMDR Therapy properly requires many hours of training and consultation, and maintaining certification requires ongoing education. The eye movements and "reprocessing" of the traumatic memories are only small pieces of the entire therapeutic approach, and there is much healing and growth to be gained in all of the phases of EMDR Therapy. See emdria.org for more information.
Newer research is supporting the experience of EMDR therapists by showing that clients experiencing EMDR Therapy for longer sessions (even for several days in a row) can safely achieve symptom relief much sooner than clients receiving EMDR Therapy for an hour per week, which sounds great (and feels better!). Let's get you there faster so you can move forward with freedom with an EMDR Therapy Intensive.
While typical ongoing therapy sessions are 45-60 minutes long, and repeat every week or two weeks or month until goals are met or clients decide to stop, extended session EMDR therapy intensives can last for 3-4 hours to achieve noticable symptom relief.
Clients who have experienced a recent traumatic event or loss, or an old wound that traditional therapies have not had much success in healing, can find significant relief and growth in up to three full days of EMDR therapy (with plenty of breaks and room for rest and nourishment!).
Some people feel ready to do their deepest work and want the help of a trauma therapist to clear out decades of accumulation of emotional scar tissue going back to early childhood or beyond. These folx will find a weeklong intensive thoroughly life changing. If you think this option for intensive emdr therapy might be right for you, reach out. Katie will do a thorough screening to inform you whether this type of EMDR intensive is recommended.
In 4 minutes, Katie summarizes EMDR Intensives.
EMDR Therapy Intensives can be helpful for a wide variety of people who have either tried traditional therapy with little or stalled progress, or who are not interested in or available for ongoing weekly sessions. People who recently experienced a traumatic event might find intensives right for helping them get back to life as soon as possible.
Sometimes people find there are so many ongoing stressors in their lives to focus on, they spend entire hour-long sessions talking about them and there isn't time left for working on old traumatic material (even though they recognize this could help). These people might choose to continue weekly sessions with their current therapist AND set aside some time for concentrated work on the past in an EMDR Therapy Intensive.
The more complex a person's traumas, the slower the work usually goes, which means more time would be required to see desired results. EMDR Intensives are probably not a good idea for people who cannot tolerate painful emotions at all or who have an unmet need for ongoing support.
Advantages include making significant progress in minimal time (days versus months or even years), without the need for ongoing appointments, and without having to expend time and energy in "closing up" unfinished work every week and managing between-session worsening of symptoms.
Disadvantages include the fact that health insurance will not cover these types of sessions and there is considerable out-of-pocket cost. Some clients may find that they need time off work. It does not involve ongoing therapeutic support or relationship, which some clients may desire. There is risk of overwhelm or new memories surfacing with any trauma-focused therapy.
EMDR Therapy Intensives cost $1200 per day and $600 per half day. A 3-day Intensive package totals $3,600 and a full 5-day Intensive package totals $6000. Schedule a free 20 minute consultation and if we decide together that an EMDR Intensive is right for you, a deposit of half the total cost is required to hold your date(s) in my schedule. Payment plans can be arranged in advance.
Your fee includes all necessary art and self-care supplies, beverages and snacks (let me know what you like and we'll stock it---otherwise you can expect fresh fruits, cheeses and nuts, cereals and chips, and some candy to be available, as well as an assortment of sodas, teas, hot cocoa, and a single-serving coffee maker with half-and-half). A full day Intensive includes 6 clinical hours with a lunch break usually halfway through. Lunch breaks are on your own and are not included. Wi-Fi is complementary at Katie's office. Katie's time spent preparing for your Intensive is included, with the free 20-minute consultation and up to an hour of coordination consultation with previous or ongoing providers built into the fee.
If you would like to meet with Katie prior to the Intensive experience for more time than the free 20-minute consultation, this can be scheduled an hour at a time and would be billed at normal hourly rates ($190 per hour), and could be submitted to insurance. Open hourly appointments are few and far between, however, so this could delay your Intensive.
Most often, we will do the work together in my private practice counseling office in downtown Rock Island, Illinois. See some pictures in the gallery. There is a roomy office with a couch, a rocker, and a large recliner, a playroom with sandtray figures and art supplies, and a large group room with a kitchenette and dining table; we will have plenty of room to move and switch up settings and activities. My office also has a private restroom. Depending on the weather and the client, we might choose to go to an outdoor location for some of the work.
Extended sessions of three hours or less can sometimes happen virtually on Zoom, depending on the client and the focus of the work.
No. Clients may choose to travel to Rock Island for the EMDR Intensive since the work is concentrated into several hours or days. There is a Holiday Inn one block from my office with many other accommodations throughout the Quad Cities, and the Moline Airport is only minutes away. Contact Katie to discuss travel expenses for her to come to you; however, she is only licensed to practice in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Oregon.
Yes. Katie completed her basic training in 2017 with EMDR & Beyond, was certified by EMDRIA in 2019 and has maintained her certification with ongoing advanced training, and is currently training to become an EMDRIA approved consultant. She has completed over 500 postgraduate education hours on trauma, almost 300 additional hours on EMDR Therapy--including many hours focused on children--, and over 120 hours on treatment for dissociative disorders (not to mention around 250 more hours on additional topics like play therapy, LGBTQ+ populations and neurodiversity).
Anyone who is legitimate will have no problem showing you the certificates or licenses they have earned, and telling you where you can verify them. Just ask! You have the right to know.