Patient FAQ's

What is EMDR exactly?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a comprehensive psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to disturbing events and present life conditions. To learn more watch this brief video.


How much do EMDR Intensives cost?

See our Schedule & Cost page for an outline of package and pricing.


What is the difference between EMDR therapy and EMDR Intensives?

The main difference between traditional EMDR therapy and an EMDR Intensive package is that instead of working weekly in EMDR treatments, an EMDR Intensive uses EMDR therapy in a condensed window of time.


What are the benefits of EMDR Intensive treatment?
  • An EMDR Intensive treatment can often treat trauma  in a shorter period of time as compare to weekly therapy treatments. Healing can occur in a matter of a few sessions.

  • This decreased time in an intensive is beneficial to those with scheduling work or family conflicts. These sessions can save you money over the long run by saving on commuting, childcare, time off work, etc.

  • EMDR Intensives can also save you money by decreasing travel costs 

Is Therapy Confidential?

As a general rule, all therapy sessions are confidential and anything you discuss with your therapist will remain between the two of you, unless you request otherwise. This is a protection provided by rules by law, which all therapists legally need to follow, and no information from the session can be disclosed without prior written consent from the client.


There are exceptions to this law, however, and the therapist can disclose information from the session to legal authorities or appointed persons if any of the following are true:

  • If the therapist suspects abuse to a child, dependent adult,  elder or is made aware of domestic abuse, the therapist is required to notify legal authorities immediately.

  • If the therapist suspects an individual has caused, or is threatening to cause severe bodily harm to another person, therapists are required to report it to the authorities.

  • If an individual intends to harm himself or herself, for example plans for suicide, the therapist will attempt to work through this in the therapy session. If it appears to be unresolved or the client does not cooperate, additional action may need to be taken to ensure the safety of the client.

Can EMDR be used as adjunct therapy?

Yes! In therapy, we all encounter moments of feeling stuck or looping on negative life experiences. This can be disheartening for both clients and therapists. Collaborating with an EMDR therapist alongside the primary therapist can help break through these barriers.


I can partner with primary therapists and their clients to target specific memories, body sensations, or limiting beliefs using EMDR. By pinpointing traumatic memories or intrusive material, adjunct EMDR accelerates progress in traditional therapy, resolving sticking points and enhancing the ongoing work.


Adjunct therapy supplements the primary therapeutic relationship and does not replace or interrupt it. It's a short-term approach, typically 6-9 hours, focused on specific obstacles to the client's therapeutic progress. This intensive, goal-oriented treatment is scheduled in cooperation with the primary therapist and client, ensuring a collaborative approach for success.


How do I prepare for a virtual therapy sesson?

Understanding that telehealth, or virtual therapy, may be new to many, this information is being provided to help you get your space and your technology set up before your first online session.


Creating Confidential Space

Things to consider:

  • Is the space private?

  • Can you lock the door? If not, will others who have access to the space respect your request for privacy and not enter the room?

    • Can you/have you had a conversation with them?

    • Were they receptive?

  • Can others outside the room hear you talking?

    • If so, can you create white noise with a fan, app on your phone, or other form of background noise? (Preferably placed outside the doorway of the room you’re in)

    • Consider using headphones or earbuds so that your provider’s voice is kept private and is only audible to you

If you have a hard time finding confidential space, below are some examples that others have used. These are not ideal, but should be considered secondary choices if another setup is not available. If you use any of these, please make sure that the space is comfortable to you. Being comfortable during therapy is very important.

  • Laundry Room

  • Walk-In-Closet

  • Basement

  • Attic

  • Actual last resort: your car parked in a safe, private spot. (We want to emphasize that private does not mean secluded. Please do make sure you are in a safe location.)

Technical Setup
  • A laptop or desktop computer are ideal — preferably the biggest screen size that you have available to you (that you can also have in a comfortable, confidential space).

  • If you’re using a tablet or phone, please prop up the device so that it is stable and that the camera is about level with your eyes.

  • Whatever device you’re using, please make sure that the camera is about level with your eyes. It may require propping up your device or monitor on other items, such as books.

  • Please make sure that you’re well lit and don’t have a bright light source directly behind you.

Clear Your Internet

Be sure to move your computer as close as you can to your WiFi router (the box that makes the WiFi.) Or better yet — plug your computer into the router with a cable!


After that, you’ll want to close out of any programs you don’t need which use your Internet connection.


Online Etiquette

A few considerations once you’ve found a quiet, safe, and confidential space:

  • Do not drive or complete other tasks while you’re in the session — this is distracting and can be dangerous.

  • Treat a live session as though you were in a physical meeting. Always connect via video – and leave it on for the duration of your meeting . Only turn off video when absolutely needed, the same way you would step out of physical meeting.

  • Be sure to connect in a location that has strong internet connectivity.

  • Make sure your face can be seen on the camera and be aware of what is in the background so there are no distractions for your therapist.

  • Dress appropriately and comfortably if possible.


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