Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a form of therapy based on the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model—both developed by Francine Shapiro. The AIP model utilizes our brain’s natural inclination toward health, and sees many emotional and mental health issues as being the result of unprocessed or maladaptively processed experience. By identifying and reprocessing pivotal experiences in the past, current struggles and symptoms diminish significantly.
Most clinicians at Intuitus Group have advanced training and credentials EMDR therapy through the EMDR International Association.
- Clinicians who are ‘EMDR Trained’ have completed the approved 50-hour course including practicum in EMDR therapy;
- EMDRIA Certified clinicians have completed advanced training and consultation in EMDR therapy after their initial training;
- EMDRIA Approved Consultants have completed additional training and consultation beyond training and Certification, and are qualified to offer consultation to other clinicians regarding EMDR therapy and/or deliver approved EMDR training courses.
The full protocol for EMDR therapy involves:
- History taking and assessment to determine whether EMDR is appropriate at this time and for the presenting problem;
- Preparation to ensure readiness and safety for reprocessing;
- Identifying and reprocessing past experiences that set the foundation for the problem;
- Processing present situations that still elicit disturbance; and
- Incorporating adaptive and new experiences into memory networks to overcome skill or developmental deficits in present and future situations.
See www.emdria.org for more information.
EMDR Therapy has been shown to be effective in treating trauma/PTSD, as well as many other issues including but not limited to:
- Panic attacks
- Performance anxiety
- Pain disorders
- Disturbing memories
- Dissociative disorders
Intensive EMDR Therapy
Some persons and situations may benefit from what is referred to “intensive” EMDR therapy, where sessions are longer in length (2-3 hours) and/or take place on consecutive days. EMDR intensive FAQs:
- What are the prerequisites for intensive therapy? At least 2 of the following:
- Current treatment with a psychotherapist and authorization to speak to them.
- Completion of a phone screening (20-30 min) with the clinician who may facilitate the intensive therapy.
- Completion of an initial intake assessment (2-3 hours) in which assessment for appropriateness for EMDR, initial preparation, and (potentially) an initial treatment plan may be established.
- What is the format for intensives? The format will be customized to the needs and schedules of the clinician and client(s) involved. Most common formats are:
- Meeting for extended sessions (2-3 hours) 1-2x/month
- Meeting for regular (60-90 minutes) or extended sessions (2-3 hours) for consecutive/most days in a 1-2 week period.
- What are the fees for intensive therapy? Intensive therapy is billed according to the clinician’s hourly rate ($100-$150/hour). Insurance usually does not cover intensive therapy, but may reimburse for up to 1 hour per day.