What is an All Day Intensive?
An All Day Intensive is a unique, powerful and deeply healing one-on-one experience.
All Day Intensives provide the benefit of therapeutic work that covers multiple issues and challenges, all on the same day. Time and travel can be cumbersome and a deterrent to getting the help you need and deserve; an All Day Intensive eliminates these obstacles.
What To Expect
Intensives are a catalyst for healing, growth and change by enabling an in depth, uninterrupted therapeutic experience and accelerated results. Clients have reported positive and empowering outcomes.
All Day Intensive clients are seeking a unique experience that they can learn from and take back home to Self, family and work relationships with a greater understanding of why they get stuck in non-helpful life patterns and decisions . At the end of an All Day Intensive, clients are empowered to make choices that are better aligned with their True Selves and resolution to past traumas are achieved in meaningful and significant ways.
Internal Family Systems (IFS)
The modality often used is Internal Family Systems, known as IFS. IFS is a non-stigmatizing ego-oriented therapy that allows for rapid understanding and change in relation to painful patterns coming from emotional injuries in childhood. IFS helps a person access Parts of him or herself that are cut-off and defended and not integrated well in the overall functioning of the personality. We can call it “The Family Inside You”.
Many clients seek to learn more about the IFS model although some are looking for EMDR therapy and still others choose both.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy has the capacity to quickly reduce the level of distress in a particular memory, event or behavior. It is especially helpful when there is extreme anxiety, fear or emotionally triggered arousal that impedes daily functioning in specific areas of life. When in crisis, EMDR is effective in decreasing current or ongoing distress. EMDR is known for effective treatment of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). For a video demo of the methods of bilateral stimulation I use in EMDR therapy go to https://youtu.be/I6ZCfAZ3EOY
The Flash Technique
The Flash Technique is a recently developed therapeutic tool utilizing EMDR that can provide unanticipated quick relief from a specific unrelenting disturbance, fear or phobia. For a brief explanation of this innovative technique go to https://empowermentaftertrauma.com/the-flash-technique/
Incorporating both the IFS and EMDR therapy modalities is a potent combination. In collaboration with clients, we decide when it feels right to use each modality and often we use parts of both simultaneously. In working on a particular problem we may begin with using EMDR and then when a “Part” shows up (An IFS term for an aspect of Self represented by the Internal Family), we transition into IFS work. Some clients have a preference for using the IFS model only. Often these are clients who are themselves therapists and want the pure IFS experience to be able to bring back what they have learned to their own clients.
For brief explanations of IFS and EMDR therapy as well as video demos go to https://empowermentaftertrauma.com/services/
An All Day Intensive begins with defining goals, articulating challenges in detail and taking the time to explore how past history impacts present day life challenges. This process is generally achieved during the first hour of the day.
If the plan is to use the IFS model exclusively we will identify Parts that the client wants to get to know, interact with, negotiate with and reconcile. Over time, Exiled Parts emerge and seek relief from the pain and fixations of the past that Unburdening provides.
Intensives begin at 10:00am and end at 4:00pm with a 15 minute lunch break and bio breaks as needed. The office is a relaxing and cozy space for spending the day exploring your emotional challenges and gaining liberating insight that takes emotional pounds off of burdened shoulders. Drinks and snacks are available, just bring lunch.
At times a client finds him/herself in an unexpected crisis on the designated day of arrival that they had previously not anticipated. In such cases we will begin with EMDR therapy. This will help deactivate what has been triggered prior to the scheduled Intensive to help the client return to their baseline equilibrium so that attention can then be turned toward the original reasons for the scheduled session.
Clients choose what traumas, issues or Parts they want to work on first and there is a collaborative process in mapping out the day.
Goals, Parts, Challenges, Traumatic Events, Resources, Negative Beliefs and Positive Beliefs about Self and Triggers are explored to gain an understanding of how past experiences impact present day living, and decision making and next steps are articulated.
In the final session hour, all Parts are re-visited, acknowledged and given their due respect. Parts that remain somewhat activated are reassured that they will continue to receive the time and attention in the coming days and weeks in private Self Therapy. An agreement is established to check in with Unburdened Exiles for at least two weeks after this day of cathartic and satisfying work. (Unburdened Exiles are members of the Internal Family System that have now been freed to operate in a more balanced collaborative state with other parts of the personality.)
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For more information about the IFS therapy model go to ifs-institute.com
For more information about the EMDR therapy model go to emdria.org