Why Intensive Trauma Therapy?

When it comes to treating trauma and PTSD, most individuals turn to weekly or bi-weekly psychotherapy sessions which is far less effective then intensive trauma therapy. The average therapy session is 50 minutes long, and consists of 15 minutes of talk therapy, 10 minutes of EMDR prep, 20 minutes of EMDR desensitization, and a debrief (inclusive of relaxation techniques). This is a lot to accomplish in the matter of an hour, especially considering that this therapeutic hour will only be experienced once every one to two weeks. This inevitable start-stop-start is not conducive to timely healing, seeing as gaps between therapy sessions allow for personal and life issues to severely delay treatment completion. When it comes to getting better, there is no time to waste! Why spend years in therapy when you can make a life-changing amount of improvement in under a week? In 5 days, a client will undergo 40 hours of intensive, individualized treatment, attending highly personalized one-on-one sessions.

Intensive Trauma Therapy is More Efficient

Intensive trauma therapy is far more efficient than traditional therapy for several reasons. First of all, there is no time spent on re-engaging between sessions. Each day, clients are able to pick up right where they left off the day prior. Rather than spend an additional 20 minutes on catch-up and wind-down, clients will be able to engage in more actual therapy time, and significantly more progress will be made over the course of each treatment hour. Secondly, the intensive trauma therapy program will allow clients to effectively work through all symptoms of trauma as the symptoms arise. This will pave the way for continued symptom management, and a better quality of life overall. Finally, each intensive trauma therapy program is custom-tailored to each individual client. While EMDR is the backbone of the program, Rachael Starr is an attachment-focused therapist, and utilizes whichever methodologies she believes will most benefit each distinct client.

Rachael Starr will conduct a thorough evaluation before a client is accepted into the intensive trauma therapy program, going over personal history, family history, and the goals that he or she hopes to accomplish. It is important to note that time frames are also customized – while some clients make momentous progress over the course of 5 days, others may choose to stay several days longer. All accommodations will be set into place before a client arrives; clients coming from out of state will stay in a local hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided. One of the goals is to eliminate as many distractions as possible, so that the client can focus his or her full attention on the healing process.

What Kinds of Trauma Can Be Treated?

This intensive program was developed specifically for individuals who have undergone moderate to severe trauma – if the program is not a good fit, then the individual will be referred elsewhere. The types of trauma that Rachael Starr predominantly treats trauma, PTSD and C-PTSD. Because EMDR has proven so effective in treating unresolved trauma, and because Rachael largely attributes her own livelihood to this method of therapy, it truly is the backbone of the program. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from numerous other treatment approaches, and has been both extensively researched and supported.

How does EMDR work?

When an individual becomes exceedingly upset, his or her brain becomes unable to process information the way it normally would. A traumatic moment or event becomes almost frozen in time, and remembering the event may cause so much psychological torment is feels as if it is taking place all over again. Traumatic memories have a lasting negative effect, and shape the way an individual views and interacts with the rest of the world.

When an individual undergoes EMDR, his or her brain is once again able to process information effectively. Following a successful EMDR session, remembering a traumatic experience will no longer conjure intense and disruptive symptoms. Flashbacks and recurring nightmares will subside, and anxiety levels will drastically decrease. The process itself is somewhat similar to what naturally occurs during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. The ultimate goal is to thoroughly process unresolved, traumatic memories – memories that disrupt day-to-day life and cause a host of personal problems. It is important to note that ‘processing’, in this context, means setting up a learning state that will allow for painful memories to be stored appropriately. Negative feelings and behaviors will be discarded, and replaced with healthy and advantageous behaviors and connections.

Anyone with a personal history of trauma is encouraged to reach out – this therapeutic method is proven to be effective for all individuals with traumatic pasts.

Intensive Trauma Therapy Program Objectives

Program objectives include PTSD and trauma resolution, and trauma impact prevention through numerous therapeutic methodologies, including attachment therapy, EMDR, and relational therapy. The program is rooted in attachment therapy, and Rachael Starr utilizes her extensive knowledge of EMDR to assist and expedite the healing process. Clients will learn healthy coping skills to employ on their own when trauma-related symptoms arise. The amount of personal progress that clients can make over the course of an intensive, 5-day program is quite astounding. The trauma intensive is not a generalist program – it is highly individualized in every aspect, from the length of the stay to the techniques utilized. Rachael draws her passion from personal experience, as well as years of professional experience, treating both men and women who suffer at the hands of unresolved trauma. She is relatable and real, and strives to connect with each of her clients on a human-to-human level. If you have been struggling with the symptoms of unresolved trauma and are looking to accomplish in a matter of days what could otherwise take years, this intensive trauma therapy program is an ideal option. Why wait to reclaim your life?

Rachael Starr is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in Trauma and PTSD therapy. If you or a loved one are suffering with Truama or PTSD and would like more information on Rachael’s program please call her at (772) 475-3334.