FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
Our practice does not take insurance. It’s been our experience that insurance companies limit clinicians' ability to provide services in alignment with best practices for the EMDR therapy process. We also believe you should have the right to seek therapy without a mental health diagnosis required to go on your record and that your confidentiality is paramount.
But can my insurance help pay for your services in any way?
It’s possible! Many insurance companies reimburse their members for a portion of therapy costs for “out of network” providers. We recommend that you contact your insurance company and ask if they cover “out-of-network” mental health services (also ask about your deductibles and their reimbursement rates/percentages). If you choose to go this route with us, please note that payment for our services will be due at the time of service. We will be happy to provide you with a receipt (“superbill”) for your sessions that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. However, we are unable to assist with insurance matters beyond that. (Please note, if you do seek “out of network” coverage, a diagnosis on record will likely be required for you to be reimbursed.)
What is the investment for EMDR intensives?
Our EMDR intensives have clear, upfront pricing (see below). You can also plan for your time investment in a way that fits your schedule and lifestyle better (since you know the number of sessions and expected length ahead of time).
Initially, EMDR therapy intensives may look like a higher upfront investment. However, since we will need much fewer sessions than with regular talk therapy to resolve traumas and pain, the overall cost can be significantly lower than a weekly therapy model.
We strive for transparency in our prices. Here are the current prices for our EMDR intensives:
Recent Trauma EMDR Therapy Intensive $300/hour
Typically we work in two hour sessions for 2-8 sessions over a 1-4 week period
Total cost ranges from $1200-$4800
Early Intervention EMDR Therapy Intensive for Grief, Loss, or Breakup $300/hour
Typically we work in two hour sessions for 2-8 sessions over 2-8 weeks
Total cost ranges from $1200-$4800
Please click here for a list of everything that’s included in our intensives.
What happens if I have an emergency or need urgent help in between sessions?
Since we’re a small private practice, we are unable to provide crisis care in between sessions. Please contact your primary care doctor or call 911 for urgent needs.
To provide you with the best care possible (and give everyone a chance to recharge!), we are not available outside of our stated business hours, on weekends, holidays, or on vacations. If you feel your needs are greater than the time we have available to work together, we’d be happy to offer referrals to other resources in the area to meet your needs.
Isn’t EMDR just for trauma or PTSD?
No. EMDR is an excellent and highly effective treatment for PTSD, but it is also a successful treatment for many other struggles in life. EMDR can help with all kinds of pain, difficult memories, negative or blocking beliefs, and unpleasant emotions. They can be deep and traumatic, or they can be “small” but distressing burdens in your life. For example, EMDR could help ease your stress in relationships, at home or at work, or within yourself. EMDR can help with feelings of low self-esteem, interpersonal and professional relationships, and even be used for performance enhancement in many areas of life (including athletics, business, communication, dating, public speaking, etc.).
What is considered “Recent Trauma and Intense Pain”?
A recent trauma, distressing loss, or event could be many things, ranging from a breakup, divorce, job loss, accident, death, natural disaster, health crisis, violent event, unexpected shock, or feeling blindsided by pain. What’s important is to try to reach out as soon as possible after the event happened (ideally within 3 months). In terms of the “degree” of distress, sometimes we feel intense pain about things that might seem “small” in comparison to other things, but they plague us, nonetheless. If you feel acute stress or pain, please reach out to us to see if it is a fit for our Recent Trauma and Intense Pain EMDR Intensive.
Do you offer weekly, ongoing psychotherapy or only EMDR therapy intensives?
Our practice has transitioned to providing EMDR Intensives exclusively now. We believe EMDR Intensives are an effective and efficient delivery of care for our clients, decreasing the need for long-term therapy and costs.
If your needs are better suited for a traditional, weekly model of therapy, we can refer you to many great colleagues. In some cases, it’s also a possibility to have talk therapy accompany (or precede/follow) an EMDR therapy intensive. We can determine what works best for your situation through an initial consultation.
If I already have a primary therapist, can I do an EMDR intensive as adjunct therapy?
Yes! A lot of therapists refer their regular patients to us to help them with specific, especially traumatic issues, or when therapy appears to be “stuck.” The main benefit of adding an EMDR intensive to your regular talk therapy is that EMDR can accelerate the healing process of trauma or other pain points that have not resolved with other forms of therapy. Once these issues are resolved, the rest of your primary therapy may go much more smoothly.
How should I prepare for my first EMDR session?
After you’ve scheduled your EMDR intensive, we will send you a comprehensive workbook to help you prepare, as well as tips and instructions on how to get the most out of your therapy time.
Before the day of your session, identify and arrange for a safe, quiet, private, comfortable space where you can set up for our sessions. You will also want to ensure that there is a solid internet connection, with both adequate download and upload speeds. If you can connect to the internet with ethernet, even better!
Other ways to help get you into the right mind space for your session include journaling about your goals for treatment. Think about and imagine what your life would look and feel like when you achieve these goals. See if you can lean into that vision and paint a picture for yourself that you can then share in our first session. If you’re not sure what your goal is yet, it’s OK; we can discuss everything during our first session, and we will make recommendations for your proposed treatment plan.