Ep 12: Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about EMDR Intensives

Debunking the Three Biggest Myths about EMDR Intensives

Hey there! I’m Carolyn Solo, an LCSW EMDR certified therapist and consultant. In this podcast episode, we’re going to bust some myths about EMDR intensives and explore their potential benefits. Let’s dive in!

Myth 1: Clients don’t have the time, or they can’t afford it

As therapists, we often come across concerns from clients about time constraints and affordability when it comes to intensive therapy sessions. It’s completely understandable.

To help you understand the immense benefits, I like to use the Disney Fast Pass analogy. Just like at an amusement park, where you spend less time waiting in lines and more time enjoying the rides, intensive therapy allows you to maximize your time and get more out of your investment.

Imagine making significant strides in just two weeks instead of waiting for months to see progress. It’s a saving in terms of both time and money. With intensives, you can experience positive outcomes sooner, avoiding the long waiting game.


Myth 2: The 5-day Intensive

At first, the idea of a five-day, eight-hour intensive might seem overwhelming. But through my exploration and experimentation, I’ve developed an approach that works.

To build confidence, I started with two-hour sessions for my current clients. It was a success! Then, I began offering intensives to new clients during consultations. And guess what? 80% of them said yes before even talking further.

My model consists of a 90-minute intake session followed by three four-hour sessions over two weeks. It’s flexible and tailored to each client’s unique needs.


Myth 3: Intensives are overhyped

Many people believe that intensives are oversold, but here’s the truth: research is key! I want to emphasize that there’s no magic bullet for therapy. However, I firmly believe that EMDR can help clients move through stuck points more effectively than traditional talk therapy.

Bottom-up body and brain-based therapies can be game-changers! They result in significant changes that often exceed expectations.

In terms of the model for an intensive, I recommend a 90-minute intake session followed by three to four-hour therapy sessions spread over two weeks. Additionally, offering a half-hour free consultation at the beginning can help build rapport and set expectations.

Intensives provide double the value of regular therapy sessions, allowing for faster recovery and substantial progress in a shorter timeframe. While the investment may seem significant, the potential for personal growth and transformative changes makes it well worth it.

I encourage therapists to experiment with different models and find what works best for themselves and their clients. Flexibility and adaptability are key to creating successful and impactful therapy experiences.

Thanks for tuning in to our myth-busting episode! I hope you’ve gained some confidence and insight into intensives. Don’t let fear hold you back from exploring this transformative approach.

If you’re interested in working with me, I offer an intensive coaching package to get you up and running in just a single day! Additionally, I provide consultation services toward certification.

Stay tuned for our next episode, where I’ll dive into the personal side of offering intensives. Discover how it positively impacts me as a parent while also presenting unexpected challenges. It’s going to be an insightful conversation you won’t want to miss!