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How Would I Benefit from Intensive EMDR Therapy?

Updated: Jan 28

Eye-Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy can be conducted either intensively or weekly. The benefits of an EMDR intensive include:

1. Faster progress: An intensive approach that allows for more sessions in a shorter period of time, which can lead to a faster resolution of trauma symptoms, one intensive session compared to months of traditional talk therapy

2. Intense treatment: You will focus on the agreed-upon treatment goals as you would in weekly EMDR sessions, so your EMDR intensive allows for deeper processing of your traumatic memories

3. Increased accountability: An intensive approach can increase the accountability of your therapist and you , this will ensure that you make progress towards your therapeutic goals

4. Focused processing: This is ideal if you have one or two specific concerns. You have good insight and are clear on what you want to work on.

Conversely, benefits of weekly therapy may include:

1. Gradual progress: The slower pace of weekly therapy can be helpful for some people as it allows for a gradual processing of traumatic memories and they may find this less overwhelming

2. Better integration: Weekly therapy allows for time between sessions to integrate and process the work done in therapy. You can do this with an intensive, but you will have to coordinate with your therapist how to go about the follow-up.

3. Reduced intensity: The slower pace of weekly therapy can reduce the intensity of therapy, making it a good option for individuals who may not be able to tolerate an intensive approach

4. More flexibility: Weekly sessions are better for clients that want more flexibility on what they discuss in session. They may have some awareness of what their struggles are, and they want to be able to flow through all of them in therapy.

Ultimately, the choice between an intensive approach or a weekly approach, will depend on your personal needs, therapeutic goals and preferences. Either way, Sally-Anne is happy to offer. you a complimentary consultation in order to determine if intensive EMDR Therapy may be a good fit for you.

If you are based in Victoria, BC for in person sessions or live elsewhere in in B.C. the Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and are interested in learning more or booking an online Intensive EMDR Therapy Treatment Plan, Sally-Anne welcomes you to....

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