EMDR Intensives: Intensive Healing Through Focused Treatment

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) has gained popularity for its effectiveness in treating emotional wounds.

For individuals seeking a more concentrated and accelerated healing experience, EMDR intensives offer a unique and profound approach.

What are EMDR Intensives?


EMDR intensives are focused treatment sessions that immerse individuals in the therapeutic process over a relatively short period. Unlike traditional weekly sessions, intensives provide a deep and concentrated therapeutic experience designed to maximise the brain’s natural healing abilities and accelerate progress.

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The Benefits of EMDR Intensives

Rapid Progress

One of the most significant advantages of EMDR intensives is the potential for rapid progress. In traditional therapy, it may take several weeks or months to work through complex trauma, while intensives condense the timeline, allowing for significant strides in just a few days.


Intensive therapy creates a focused and experiential environment for processing to occur, providing a deep dive into the healing process. This concentrated approach can lead to increased insights, breakthroughs, and a more comprehensive resolution of trauma within a shorter period of time.


In a weekly session therapy setting, the time between sessions can sometimes lead to a loss of momentum and focus. EMDR intensives eliminate this gap, ensuring consistent and continuous therapeutic work, which can be particularly beneficial for individuals who are short on time given their job or family commitment

Safe Space

During an intensive, participants have the opportunity to establish a strong therapeutic alliance in a condensed timeframe. This safe and supportive environment, free from the distractions of daily life, enhances the effectiveness of the therapeutic process.

What to Expect During an EMDR Intensive

EMDR intensives are carefully structured to optimise the therapeutic experience. The process will involve:

– Comprehensive Assessment: The therapist will conduct a thorough assessment to understand the individual’s history, trauma, and treatment goals.

– Focused EMDR Sessions: EMDR techniques, including bilateral stimulation (e.g., eye movements), are used to process traumatic memories and address specific targets.

– Integration and Processing: During and after each EMDR session, there’s an opportunity to process and integrate the experience, promoting a deeper understanding of the healing journey.

– Holistic Approach: Intensives often incorporate a holistic approach, including relaxation techniques, self-care strategies, and mindfulness exercises to support emotional regulation and self-compassion outside of the actual sessions with therapists. This is to encourage grounding, safety and self-soothing.

Who can have an EMDR Intensive?

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  • Busy people & contractors – When your work schedule is so hectic and demanding that a weekly therapy appointment feels more overwhelming than supportive.
  • Parents – When you need more efficient support as a busy parent with kids with limited childcare hours or you need therapy during school hours.
  • Wants a deep dive experience – When you just prefer the idea of working intensively.
  • On your healing journey – When you have had 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 knowledge.
  • Wants help now – When you’re needing help and a lot of it right now, and you don’t want to spend months in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better.
  • You go to therapy already – When you’re already in therapy with another therapist and you have now come across EMDR intensives, but your current therapist doesn’t offer it. You may want to continue with your current therapist, but you are both finding yourselves a bit stuck. Perhaps they are not trauma trained or their way of helping with the trauma hasn’t shifted your pain. Having adjunct intensive EMDR therapy can certainly help.

EMDR intensives can be particularly beneficial for those seeking concentrated and efficient healing.

  1. Dr Kaur offers Intensive EMDR therapy over one week over three days.
  2. Each day comprises a session of 2.5 hours.
  3. The remaining part of the day is requested to be filled with scheduled grounding and reflective exercises to complete individually.
  4. Dr Kaur will ask to meet prior to the intensive for an assessment and offer a post-intensive review session.

For more details or to discuss this further with Dr Kaur please enquire here today.

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Dr Gurpreet Kaur, Chartered Clinical Psychologist & EMDR Practitioner

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