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What is EMDR Intensive Program? 


The goals of EMDR therapy are to reduce the vividness of traumatic memories, reduce their associated distress and finally, increase the strength and presence of positive, helpful beliefs about oneself and the world – often distorted by exposure to traumatic events. 

In addition to trauma-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy, the Australian Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health currently recommends EMDR for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. To briefly describe one of the key elements of EMDR: 

  • Desensitisation involves the client simultaneously focusing on a distressing stimulus (such as their pain, or a traumatic memory) and visually tracking the therapist’s finger, which is moved bilaterally in front of the participant’s eye in a precisely prescribed manner. 
  • The shifts of focus are continued until the person reports that their distress (as measured on a 0-10 scale of 0, 1 or 2) is reduced. 
  • Through this dual attention, as well as the installation of a positive belief afterwards, the distressing stimuli, as well as any associated memories are systematically reprocessed and through exposure the participant is desensitised to the accompanying distress. 

EMDR Intensive Program consists of longer sessions occurring in a shorter period of time:  2 x week for  2 -3 weeks.  This can happen in conjunction to regular treatment sessions. 

 The research supporting the effectiveness of EMDR Intensives.

  • Intensive application of trauma-focused therapy seems to be well tolerated in patients with PTSD, enabling faster symptom reduction with similar, or even better, results, while reducing the risk that patients drop out prematurely. Learn more here andhere.
  • Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here.
  • An intensive program using EMDR therapy is a potentially safe and effective treatment alternative for complex PTSD. Learn more here.
  • The economy is compelling: even compared to other trauma therapy, the intensive format may decrease treatment time, because of time not spent on a) checking in at the beginning of each session, b) addressing current crises and concerns, c) focusing on stabilizing and coping skills that the client won’t need after trauma healing, or d) assisting the client in regaining composure at the end of the session. Learn more here.


EMDR Intensive  Package:

4 x  sessions  (90- 120 min long)  scheduled  in a period of two weeks  

Eg: Monday and Thursday 

1 x  60 min session – follow-up session  

About Ewa


Ewa is a SIRA-approved psychologist (SIRA nr 16133)  based in Sydney, providing treatment via telehealth.

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Ewa is in the process of becoming an Accredited EMDR Practitioner, which means that she has completed more than 50 hours of EMDR training, had 50 EMDR sessions with clients, worked with more than 25 clients using EMDR therapy, and had more than 20 hours of EMDR-focused supervision.

You can learn more about the EMDR Accreditation process on the EMDRAA website.