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EMDR Therapy Intensives

EMDR Intensive Therapy provides the opportunity to condense your therapeutic journey and progress to a shorter time period compared to traditional, weekly therapy sessions. While one-hour weekly sessions can be effective, they often involve catching up from the week before and preparing for the week to come, leaving less time for actual therapeutic processing. Intensives allow you to focus solely on healing, growth, and find long-lasting improvement, without worrying about the daily stressors that often fill a weekly therapy session. With intensives, you have the opportunity to efficiently discover and heal the roots of your struggles with the help of highly trained, trauma-informed clinicians. 




Our team consists of highly experienced and qualified therapists, each with specialized education and skills (sex addiction, addiction, foster/adoption issues, first responders, therapists seeking therapy, expressive arts, attachment, inner child work, and relationship issues). Additionally, all of our therapists are EMDRIA Approved Consultants and EMDR Trainers. 


Insight Counseling Center utilizes a variety of therapies to help you heal, including Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based techniques, Somatic (Body) Therapies, Ego State Interventions, Attachment-Focused techniques, Expressive Arts, Solution-Focused Therapy, and more. However, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is the primary method used in order to accelerate your treatment and get the most out of the intensive format.



EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapeutic practice initially developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro in the late 1980's to treat troubling symptoms of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of many issues. EMDR helps us process memories which have created negative beliefs about ourselves and the world and have shaped our emotional reactions to things.  It can produce faster and more long-lasting results than weekly talk-therapy sessions. This is possible because instead of just problem-solving daily symptoms and patterns, EMDR addresses and heals the root of your symptoms.


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What can EMDR treat? 

  • Depression and Other Mood Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, Phobias, OCD

  • PTSD

  • Abuse and Neglect – Emotional, Physical, Sexual

  • Addictions

  • Eating disorders, Body dysmorphic disorders

  • Medical procedures, accidents, burns

  • Stress reduction

  • Natural Disasters

  • Discrimination – racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, etc.

  • Vicarious Trauma

  • Excessive Grief

  • Crime victims, Natural Disaster

  • Sexual Dysfunction

  • Phobias



Intensive therapy offers a jumpstart to healing as months of therapy are compacted into 3-10 days, depending on each individual’s needs. Sessions last between 4-6 hours per day. You may or may not be provided with supplemental homework to complete between sessions as well. 

We suggest treating the intensive like a retreat. This is a time for clients to focus on healing. EMDR will continue to work after the session, so it is recommended that you do not work, reduce or eliminate personal responsibilities, and possibly stay in a hotel or alternate lodging than home. Further, it is suggested that you schedule activities you enjoy around your sessions such as massages, yoga, and walking on the beach. 




The cost of an intensive is $1200 per day for 4-6 hours of therapy per day with breaks (a sliding scale is available). A 50% deposit will be required to confirm your appointment times. The remaining 50% will be paid on the first day of the EMDR Intensive. Intensives are individualized for various needs of the client. Clients are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. 


  • To schedule an intensive, please complete the “Contact Me” form below, or email us at 

  • Someone from our team will contact you to schedule a free pre-treatment interview to explore if an intensive is a good fit for you. 

  • Based on that interview, we will then set up an online trauma assessment (Post-Traumatic Stress Index) to help determine how many days you may require.  


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  • What are the Eligibility Requirements for EMDR Training?
    Licensed Mental Health Professionals · Qualifying medical doctors must be licensed to practice in their state or province. · Qualifying advanced practice registered nurses must have a Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) with a specialization in psychiatric mental health nursing and must be licensed to practice through their state board or province. · Qualifying Mental Health Clinicians must have a master’s degree in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline and be licensed to practice through their state board or province. · Individuals who only hold a chemical dependency or substance abuse license are not eligible as these licenses generally do not allow for a mental health scope of practice. Pre-Licensed Mental Health Professionals · These are clinicians who are actively pursuing a mental health license through their state board (or province) while working under a licensed supervisor. Some of these license types include associate, intern, limited, provisional, temporary and pre-license. · Qualifying pre-licensed mental health clinicians must have a master's degree in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work) or related mental health discipline and must be actively pursuing a full license through their state board (or province) while working under a licensed supervisor. · Individuals who only hold a chemical dependency or substance abuse license are not eligible as these licenses generally do not allow for a mental health scope of practice. Graduate Students · Qualifying graduate students must be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in the mental health field (Counseling, Marriage Family Therapy, Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work) or related mental health discipline. Students must have completed their core graduate academic coursework and must be in the practicum/internship portion of their graduate program. First year graduate students are not eligible. Graduate students must be on a licensing track and working under the supervision of a fully licensed mental health clinician. · Graduate students who would like to take an EMDR Training will need to submit certain documentation (graduate transcript, practicum or internship details, and a letter from their supervisor which includes the supervisor's license information and number) in order to verify their eligibility. Students do not need to provide EMDRIA with any documentation unless specifically asked to do so by EMDRIA staff. Any documentation that needs to be submitted would go directly to the training provider either prior to or during the training registration process.
  • What does the course include?
    This EMDR Therapy Basic Training Course and curriculum is approved by EMDRIA and is designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting (See Qualifications below). This course will develop clinical competence in using EMDR through didactic presentations, demonstrations, and supervised practicum. The goal of this workshop is to help clinicians feel competent in using of EMDR, both in their case conceptualization and in their treatment implementation. • This is the complete course, which consists of 20 hours of didactic and 20 of supervised practicum. It also includes the required 10 hours of consultation which is conducted via phone (must be completed within 15 weeks). • 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. It has been tested in over 20 randomized controlled studies with trauma patients, and hundreds of published case reports evaluating a considerable range of presenting complaints, including depression, anxiety, phobias, excessive grief, somatic conditions and addictions. The Adaptive Information Processing model guides the process. EMDR focuses on adaptively processing memories, which are the basis for the client’s symptoms and dysfunction. EMDR Basic Course fee includes: • An EMDR Training Manual with handouts and protocols • 20 hours of lecture • 20 hours of practice • 10 hours of group consultation (not all courses include consultation!) - Consultation occurs weekly for one hour via phone. You have up to 20 weeks to complete consultation at no additional cost
  • What are the required texts?
    Shapiro, F. (2017). Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: Basic Principles, Protocols and Procedures. Guilford Press, NY, 3rd edition
  • What is the class size?
    This course will have a small group size and supervised practice sections will have a ratio of 1 EMDR Consultant to 10 Participants and is taught by Roxanne Grobbel, JD, LCSW, (EC Provider Number 15005). Courses have a maximum of 20 participants and most often are 10.
  • What is the cost of the 40-hour course (including 10 hours of consultation)?
    Cost is $1495
  • Will I be certified at the completion of this course?
    No. You will be an EMDRIA approved EMDR therapist. You will receive a certificate of completion Certification is an optional next step.
  • Is certification required to practice EMDR?
    No. Certification is not required at this time in order for a clinician to practice EMDR. If you have taken the basic training and consultation, then you can use EMDR under your license. Certification in EMDR is an option that many therapists have wanted because of managed care concerns and hospital privileges. In some venues, two weekend trainings in EMDR are not considered sufficient. The EMDR Certification model is patterned after the certification models of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAFMT) Approved Supervisor training. "A clinician who is EMDRIA Certified in EMDR has been licensed or certified in their profession for independent practice and has had a minimum of two years experience in their field. They have completed an EMDRIA approved training program in EMDR therapy, have conducted a minimum of fifty clinical sessions in which EMDR was utilized, and have received twenty hours of consultation in EMDR by an Approved Consultant. In addition they must complete twelve hours of continuing education in EMDR every two years." (
  • When do I receive a Certificate of Completion?
    You will receive a certificate of completion via email after you have completed the Basic EMDR training workshop and 10 hours of follow-up consultation.
  • What is the Refund Policy?
    Cancellation and Refunds for the 5 day trainings: Full amount minus $50.00 service fee may be refunded up until 45 days prior to commencement of the training. Due to the small size of the training and the time commitment, no refunds, credits or accommodations will be made after that time.
  • What is the Attendance Policy?
    Please note that you must attend all of the days of the course. Participants must sign in and out to verify attendance. Sign in/out sheets will be available for the first and last 15 minutes of each day. Participants must also attend 10 consultation sessions. Both are required prior to receiving a certificate of completion – certificates will not be sent until the completion of the 10 hours of consultation.
  • When should I take this course?
    Understand that during the supervised practice sessions you will be using your personal experiences. If you are not willing or are not able to due to medical or emotional stability, you should not take the course at this time. If you are not currently working with clients or will not have the opportunity in the very near future you should consider taking this course at a later time. The skills learned require practice and you will be required to discuss cases during the consultation upon completion of the course.
  • How do I become Certified?
    For more information on certification click here
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