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EMDR Intensives

In life the journey is just as important as the destination. Sometimes you want to get there faster. This may mean addressing roadblocks, building resources or tackling targets. EMDR Intensives give you flexibility in how you get support. Over the course of an extended session or sessions make strides on your evolutionary path.  

What Is An EMDR Intensive?

Over the course of a few focused hours you and I would engage in targeted treatment. This personalized treatment approach uses Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing technique to move towards your goals. It is time limited. During a half day or a weekend you would access this premium service.

What Can I Accomplish With An Intensive?

EMDR addresses the psychological and physical symptoms stemming from adverse life experiences. EMDR is not just for trauma; it is also utilized for performance enhancement and for changing feelings that keep us stuck in unhelpful patterns. Hear EMDR stories here.

An intensive offers a multitude of resources and can help to either increase performance and confidence, or significantly decrease the devastating effects of single event trauma (e.g. negative cognitions, disturbing emotions and body sensations). While many clients experiencing Complex PTSD may work on building new beliefs and strengths to transcend their trauma, or break down specific elements of trauma history.


Participating in an  EMDR Intensive may create impactful change more efficiently than just standard weekly session.

Image by Darren Lawrence
How Is This Different From Traditional Therapy?


Your every day therapy is usually between 9-5, Monday-Friday and for 1 hour weekly.

The EMDR Intensive is a brief service offered over the weekend for 5.5-12 in person hours.

In traditional therapy we spend weeks building up to the work. In the intensive model, we get right to work.

“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

― Rick Warren


What Kind of Time Commitment Is This?


90 Minute Initial Meeting

Weekend Intensive Meetings

Brief-3 hours

Traditional- 6 hours

Extended-9 hours (2 days)

60 Minute Meeting Follow Up


Contact Me For A Consultation 

Dr. Darla Dixon
Phone: 818-925-5007
What Is The Process to Move Forward With EMDR Intensive?

Step 1: Contact me for a brief consultation.

We can discuss your treatment goals and fit with this model. If you are a good candidate we would schedule an initial meeting.


Step 2: Have a 90 minute intake meeting. 

This meeting will assess for candidacy, gain insight, and identify obstacles. This may include identifying unpleasant beliefs, body sensations, emotions, or images from which you are seeking relief. It may also include assessments to identify symptoms you’d like to alleviate, your attachment style, areas of activation or triggers, and memories or experiences that still need attention and soothing. By the conclusion of this meeting your intensive session(s) will be scheduled.    

Step 3: Preparation for your intensive treatment experience and articulation of specific treatment goals.

Between our intake and intensive you will be provided a personalized workbook to complete. Personalized treatment workbook, which allows you work on your treatment goals before and after EMDR intensive sessions 

Step 4:  Brief, Traditional or Extended client-centered treatment consisting of EMDR resourcing and reprocessing. 


Step 5:  One 60-minute, post-treatment interview to assess and support your adaption to positive changes from treatment

If there is still work to be done, you are welcome to return for additional sessions as our schedules allow.


What Is EMDR?

    When we experience any event, our memory takes the information and integrates it into our view of ourselves others and the world. Later we can look back and remember without any ill effects. When an event is traumatic, the information does not get stored away smoothly. When you run into reminders that undigested memory network gets activated. You might notice this when your body reacts, you hold beliefs that lead to troublesome choices, or have feelings which overwhelm you.  Learn more here.


EMDR takes the charge off the memory and allows for healing to occur. During the therapy the thought, feeling, image, emotions are activated while engaging in tapping or eye movements.  This process allows your mind and body to change the intensity of the memory and relearn a lesson about yourself.  


Learn more about EMDR Therapy here and here. Watch a demonstration here.

Explore additional EMDR frequently asked questions.

How do i know it works?

As with any treatment I cannot guarantee specific results. However a number of studies support the use of intensive trauma focused treatment. 


Research shows the effectiveness of EMDR.  

•   Intensive application of trauma-focused therapy seems to be well tolerated in patients with PTSD, enabling faster symptom reduction with similar, or even better, results, while reducing the risk that patients drop out prematurely. Learn more here and here.   •    Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here.   •    An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.   •    The economy is compelling: even compared to other trauma therapy, the intensive format may decrease treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.

Can I do an intensive If I am already in therapy?

Yes. Perhaps you’ve a felt sense that something profound has yet to change, but you’re not quite sure how to shift all the way into a new experience of yourself with your current therapist. Maybe you now cognitively understand new things, yet your body is still confused, so you’re curious about how adjunct EMDR intensive therapy can help. 

We would work on a concern that is compatible with your current treatment efforts. 

Which Format Is Right for me?

We will identify what format is best for you during your initial consultation. 

Options are Brief, Extended or Traditional. Each format varies in the number of hours (see above) over the treatment period. Each has its benefits and may be better suited depending on the complexity of your needs and goals.


Each option includes a session before and after the intensive period to assess initial needs and progress.  

what are payment expectations?

Payment is generally due at the time of service. Intensives payment may be made in total at the intake or may be paid as follows:

Intake: $450 + 10% Balance Due,

Remaining Balance Due At the Start of the First Intensive Session

See insurance page for additional information about fees.

Is This Covered by my insurance?

While I do not bill insurance for this service, I can provide you with an invoice which you may use for reimbursement purposes. You will want to connect with your insurance company to determine the extent they will provide coverage. 

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