Intensive EMDR & Constructed Awareness
Working Intensively, Restoring Hope.
Can You Relate to These?
Have you been deeply hurt by someone close to you? A spouse, partner, friend, parent, child or someone at work?
Do you feel like you can’t trust yourself when it comes to relationships because you have been hurt?
Are your emotions so heightened that you feel like you don’t have control over how you respond to people around you?
Are you angry, irritable, and behaving in ways that you never thought possible?
Relationships can be challenging on a good day, but when the person or people closest to you hurt you, it can cause you to question your own judgment and whether or not you can even trust or have confidence in the decisions you make. It’s likely that your emotions feel big and out of control. The smallest look, word, or even thought will set you off. And the thoughts that seem to be spiraling out of control, are negative and sometimes even self-destructive. Because of this you are irritable and have a short fuse.
At times the uncontrollable anger catches you off guard and you don’t even recognize yourself in those moments. This is not who you want to be and you are tired of feeling depressed, anxious, angry, confused, irritable, and self-critical. You’ve tried to get help from family and friends that you trust. You’ve even spoken to a counselor and while talking has helped some, you don’t feel the relief that you are wanting. Maybe it’s time to consider a different approach and try working intensively to restore hope and build the life you want.
We all want to feel safe and connected in our relationships with those closest to us. But when there is a break in that connection because of betrayal, abuse, or abandonment, it’s hard to not blame ourselves for what has happened. Many times the person who has hurt us has said and done things that have caused us to question what we know to be true. They may have even blamed us for what they did.
When these types of experiences are pervasive, we begin to believe that there is something wrong with us, we can’t trust our judgment or our decisions, and we certainly can’t trust other people because all they do is hurt us time and time again.
Sometimes it all feels hopeless and that there is no way to have the life you want. Because what you really want is to trust your own judgment and abilities. Be able to feel safe with and trust others. You want to feel optimistic and hopeful about the future. You desire stability and an ability to manage your emotions and not fly off the handle.
An EMDR/Constructed Awareness intensive may be the answer you are looking for. I have helped a number of women work through betrayal trauma and family of origin trauma.
Instead of going to sessions weekly for months or sometimes years, we would be able to work together for a larger amount of time. This could be for 3 hours in one day or up to 12 hours over multiple days.
This concentrated time allows us to go deeper and get to the root of the issue without interruptions and delays between appointments.
What is an Intensive & How Does it Work?
To begin we will schedule a consultation call and discuss what you are wanting to work through. Once you are scheduled for the intensive, I will send you a customized workbook that I will ask you to return to me before our first pre-intensive meeting. This session will last 1-2 hours. This will allow us time to get to know each other better, review the workbook, and create a plan for our intensive session.
The intensive session will likely take place a week or two later. An intensive session could be:
- 3 hours (half-day)
- 6 hours (full day)
- 9 hours (spread out over 3 days of the same week)
This is when we will do the bulk of our work together. After this session you will receive part two of the workbook which will give you places to record what comes up following the session.
We will have one more session together after our intensive session. A post-intensive session will last about 90 minutes. During this time together we will reflect on the work you did at the intensive and what feels better since doing that work, what is different, and identify anything else that might need to be worked on.
At this time, I will also provide recommendations for moving forward in the final part of the workbook. This section of the workbook will not only provide recommendations for future work, but other resources that might be helpful for you moving forward. Recommendations might include scheduling another intensive in the future, continuing the work we started with a primary therapist and sometimes, no further services will be needed.
Why Should You do an Intensive?
- You’ve been in therapy for a while and have made some progress but you still aren’t where you want to be.
- You’re ready to do deep therapeutic work that will have a positive impact on your life.
- You’re ready to make progress on your goals.
- You want to reduce and possibly eliminate emotional distress and other symptoms that are affecting your daily life.
- You want to feel more present in your life and have increased confidence, self-compassion, and acceptance.
- It’s time to resolve the root of the underlying issues so they no longer impact your daily life.
Past Clients Have Experienced:
- An increase in their ability to trust themselves, trust their judgment, and trust their abilities.
- The ability to communicate their needs to others and set boundaries and keep them.
- An increase in compassion toward themselves and others.
- Optimistic and hopeful about the future and their ability to handle the ups and downs of life.
- An increase in patience and less irritability.
- Improved resiliency when challenging things happen in life.
An intensive can help you to feel better faster. It’s time to tend to your needs. It’s time to take care of yourself and it’s time to finally work through the things that are keeping you from living the life you want to live.
If you would like to learn more about how EMDR and Constructed Awareness therapy would be beneficial for you, please contact us and we will schedule a complementary phone consultation with one of our therapists.
Trauma creates a change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.