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A description of EMDR as quoted from the EMDR International Association:

"EMDR...encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements)... Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method... Ongoing research supports positive clinical outcomes...for disorders such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, addictions, and other distressing life experiences (Maxfield, 2019).


EMDR therapy has even been superior to Prozac in trauma treatment (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Shapiro and Forrest (2016) share that more than 7 million people have been treated successfully by 110,000 therapists in 130 countries since 2016.

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or
completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.


EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies.


Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events... While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help.

Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create an overwhelming feeling of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved."

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About EMDR Intensive Sessions

EMDR is, in its essence, a powerful labor of healing in which clients experience maximum benefit when given enough time to "drop down" into the feelings and memories associated with trauma. Many clients find that the typical 50-minute session is inadequate in that it feels too stop-and-go.

For this reason, Emily offers clients the option of experiencing EMDR in 4-hour increments, known as an "Intensive." The emotional and financial investment in an EMDR Intensive can yield more rapid and comprehensive results than those seen over the course of several weeks or months of weekly 55-minute EMDR sessions.

EMDR intensives can be customized to fit each individual's needs. For instance, those seeking to supplement weekly talk therapy with EMDR are invited to book one intensive per month in place of or in addition to their regularly scheduled weekly session. For those with especially busy schedules, several consecutive weeks of intensives may be the most efficient use of time and resources, particularly when seeking the most rapid relief from the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, and so on. Intensives are also available on an as-needed basis for those who simply want to go a little deeper into the therapeutic process from time to time.

Your investment in an EMDR intensive for new clients includes two preparatory sessions in which assessment of history and presenting issues, treatment planning, and coping skill development takes place. This means that on the day of your intensive, the entirety of the session can be focused on reprocessing and healing. 

Pricing: 1100- per 4-hour EMDR intensive session, including two 55-minute preparatory sessions


Bull City Psychotherapy, PLLC
1816 Front Street, Ste 250, Durham, NC 27705

(919) 200-0455‬

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