Healing in Days
Intensive EMDR treatment is a quick, efficient, & effective healing approach that is well tolerated & represents an important advance in psychotherapy delivery.
Who benefits from EMDR?
EMDR is designed for overcoming stressful experiences. You can target a one-off, highly traumatic event or some embedded memories of smaller traumas, which can be the basis of your depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, mistrust, relationship challenges, or performance issues.
Theory behind eMDR
EMDR works to connect the memory of a distressing life event into what is called the “adaptive neural network.” The raw memory is processed and traumatic blocks are removed, and the brain’s natural healing can then begin. The memory becomes part of narrative memory. A bad thing that happened a long time ago, that has little power anymore.
Everyday memories are stored in the hippocampus, a so called library that processes events and stores them in the right place. However, traumatic memories are too overwhelming for the hippocampus. Instead, it stores the memory in its raw, unprocessed form. The memory can, therefore, be easily triggered and can cause repeated distress.
EMDR treatment works with so-called "bilateral brain stimulation", which means "two-sided stimulation". To activate bi-lateral brain stimulation, you are asked to pay attention to the therapist's fingers presented in the line of your vision and moving from side-to-side. Alternatively, you can pay attention to right-left sounds or bilateral tapping sensations.
EMDR clients share their story
“Healing Trauma” Public Awareness Film for EMDR Therapy (EMDRIA.org)
Take an EMDR Quiz
science & research of EMDR
Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years. According to the EMDR Institute, more than 50 controlled outcome studies on EMDR therapy have shown that it has positive effects. EMDR is recommended for PTSD by an abundance international treatment guidelines and organisations, such as World Health Organisation.
Scientific for evident for the INTENSIVE treatment format
- An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.
Intensive treatment reduces PTSD-related symptoms and the severity of primary presenting problems, quality of life, and overall stability and level of functioning. Learn more here.
- The intensive therapy 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 will not need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.
- Making progress in such a condensed format will eliminate associated costs that come with living with the trauma symptoms, e.g the effect it has on relationships, work, attachment, performance etc. Learn more here.
What We Have Here for You
Our Healing Package contains four days of intensive trauma treatment, including pre and post online meetings. Our entire treatment plan is developed purely based on recent scientific research on intensive trauma treatment programmes.
Our proven successful intensive trauma therapy approach will help you to archive true healing in a couple of days to a couple of weeks. This is very different from weekly one hour of therapy which can take month or years.
Frequently Asked Questions
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly successful treatment for trauma that uses knowledge from neuroscience to help the brain reprocess traumatic memories.
Then you don’t have to. Telling the psychologist the details of what happened is not required to heal from a trauma or memory loss. You will have to think about it, though, in a particular way as guided by the therapist to get the work done.
While many clients are good candidates for an intensive approach, some may be better supported by an ongoing therapeutic relationship. Clients with long-term childhood abuse or neglect from an early age, who have had years of traumatic events, are typically not advised to do chose the Intensive treatment approach.
Exceptions can be made for those currently under the care of a trusted provider to return to, and we can collaborate with. Clients with this type of history can make progress on particular parts of events but often are not finished with treatment and need to continue with their regular therapist following the intensive treatment programme.
The event’s magnitude does not define traumatic memory, but how the body is processing and storing the memory. Compared to memories without trauma, traumatic memories are unprocessed, fragmented within the brain, and disable us from talking about the trauma and remaining calm in our body. So even if you did not experience an obvious single incident traumatic event, EMDR might be still beneficial for you to cure chronic depression, anxiety, attachment problems, chronic pain etc.
EMDR therapy is considered a generally safe treatment. It typically causes fewer adverse reactions than medications for depression and trauma symptoms. Even so, EMDR and other forms of psychotherapy may cause some side effects, such as:
- an increase in distressing memories
- heightened emotions or physical sensations during sessions
- vivid dreams
- the surfacing of new traumatic memories
These symptoms will typically resolve as treatment continues and can be immediately addressed in the intensive treatment format. This is a HUGE advantage compared to weekly trauma therapy.
Twelve studies with PTSD populations assessed treatment maintenance by analyzing differences in outcome between post-treatment and follow-up. Follow-up times have varied and include periods of 3, 4, 9, 15 months, and 5 years after treatment. See here for more.