EMDR

Most clinicians at Intuitus Group have some level of training in EMDR therapy. 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.

The full protocol for EMDR therapy involves:

  1. History taking and assessment to determine whether EMDR is appropriate at this time and for the presenting problem;
  2. Preparation to ensure readiness and safety for reprocessing;
  3. Identifying and reprocessing past experiences that set the foundation for the problem;
  4. Processing present situations that still elicit disturbance; and
  5. 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
  • Phobias
  • Pain disorders
  • Grief
  • Disturbing memories
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Addictions

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:
    1. Current treatment with a psychotherapist and authorization to speak to them.
    2. Completion of a phone screening (20-30 min) with the clinician who may facilitate the intensive therapy.
    3. 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.

Contact the clinician of your choice to inquire about their availability or admin@intuitus-group.com for general questions.

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