Trauma Resolution Intensives
We use trauma resolution methods to help treat a variety of symptoms in an intensive format. The intensive sessions can run anywhere from a 4 to 8-hour session (hybrid model) to several 8-hour days back-to-back, depending on your need and location. ONLINE IS AVAILABLE IN NYS
Intensives are a way of directly addressing where the symptoms started and they can be used to help stabilize symptoms of PTSD, dissociation, and addiction. And can be done in conjunction with existing on going therapy with us or with your regular mental health provider.
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What is Trauma Resolution?
Trauma resolution is a term used for moving a memory that feels like it is still happening today to a memory that feels like it happened. Our trauma intensives is based on this advancement in trauma therapy as trauma resolution has revolutionized how therapy can be done. For example, trauma resolution methods are more of a procedure or surgery and can be done in a bulk format. Basically, in this phase of treatment, we would do the same thing in 8-hours as we would do in 8 weeks. Doing these procedures for 4 - 8 hours or even for several days makes more sense when you need to get in there and get things moving because you are stuck in your symptoms and in your life. Another question/metaphor that may be helpful: Would you clean your house for 1-hour a week, or make a day of it?
Trauma Resolution Methods
The trauma resolution methods that we use are Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting (BSP), Progressive Counting (PC), Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR), and Cannabis/breath-assisted sessions. Also, traditional meditative practices activate a similar healing process. We also support this method with ongoing therapy and/or ISF Neurofeedback after the intensive in some cases.
Adam has also been developing an approach that helps people stabilize their addiction, trauma, dissociation, or recovery. For a more clinical angle see the Bulk Flash within Ego State Therapy blog.
What is Trauma Resolution helpful for?
Trauma (PTSD), stress, attachment traumas (adoption), substance/behavioral addictions (and recovery/4th step work), eating disorders, trauma-related ADD/ADHD, dissociation, chronic pain, anxiety, panic, anger, loss, problematic behaviors, spiritual crises, historical traumas, racial and political stresses, psychedelic integration, performance enhancement, relational discord, couples work, and a variety of physical illnesses and health issues.
Where does Trauma Resolution fit into your treatment?
Trauma treatment typically involves 3 phase of treatment. 1) Stabilization/preparation 2) Memory Reprocessing and 3) Maintenance. Phase 1 and 3 are similar because the skills that one would use to stabilize, would be the same ones you can use to maintain your mental health. In Phase 2, the memory phase, is where trauma resolution comes into it play. It can also be used to help stabilize for some, when appropriate, or be the capstone for others. For some it is a start to their healing process and for others it helps wrap up phase 2 and gets them to move into the 3rd phase. There are no guarantees or promises in this work but most are able to find out more about themselves and/or get direction on where they are going and/or what they have to work on.
How do you if you are ready?
If you are stable in your life enough to maintain a level of functioning that does not require direct medical attention or a stay in a psychiatric facility, then you probably are more ready then you think. However, part of this approach is to help get you ready before you dive into anything.
The initial process
First, there is a phone consultation to see if it is a good fit. (If it is...) From this point, you have two options...
First, is the hybrid option and it is when we meet for a few times individually for an hour or two and you can test drive the trauma resolution process for yourself before committing to longer sessions. There may be the need for an initial 1-hour session to see if you are appropriate for these services.
Second option is doing full 8-hour day(s).
At the end of our initial phone consult, we will give you a quote for how many hours/days we believe your treatment course (i.e., memory resolution phase) may need to be.
If it is not a good fit, we will discuss different referral options or we can give you treatment suggestions.
What to expect in the session...
Yes, hours of therapy appears to be scary at first but once you get into it, it is like taking a road trip with a guide through your past. First, we explore your history further. Second, learn skills to help you get through the processing. Third, we help put the past behind you. Lastly, prepare you to return back to your life.
Follow-ups include monitoring how you are integrating the new material into your life. And possibly ISF Neurofeedback.
Obviously, this option is more money upfront but the same thing can be done in 8-hours as would be done in 8 weeks - so it is more efficient in that way. It will fit for some but not for others.
*Hybrid Model - 4 hours = 500$ and 8-hour day = 1,000$
*4/8-hour session only = 600/1200$ (usually done as an adjunct to existing on-going therapy with another therapist (qEEG Brain scan additional 150$)
*Full (2-5 days or more) 8-hour Intensives = 1,400$
*Retreat-Style Option (with on premise housing): 1,800$ (8-hour day)
*Initial intake session may be necessary (not included in the pricing above) and follow-up(s) are required after intensive sessions.
***COMING SOON*** Cannabis-Assisted Psychotherapy Intensives (Medical Marijuana Card Holders ONLY)
*8-hour day = 1,600$ (must have transportation or onsite housing available)
Deposit of (200$ for a 4-hour and half of the estimate) is required. A credit card will be asked to put on file. Deposit will be applied to the session. Deposit is forfeited for no shows.
Cancelation policy: Deposit will be lost when 96-hours is not provided and it is not an emergency. In cases of emergency the deposit can apply to another session. It is the sole discretion of the clinician to decide what an emergency is.
On premises housing accommodations with full kitchen are available for an extra 100$ a night.
Retreat Style: A tailored approach to your care.
Day 1: Introduction/Evaluation > Pre-flight preparations > qEEG Brain scan > Ego State Therapy, Mindfulness, Brainspotting/EMDR, Breath, and Bulk Flash > Self-care/Integration
Day 2: Morning Practice/Exercise > ISF Neurofeedback > Trauma Processing > Cannabis-led or Breath session > Self-care/Integration
Day 3-5: Morning Practice/Exercise > ISF Neurofeedback > Trauma Processing > Cannabis-led or Breath session > Self-care/Integration > Landing/Post-flight closure
This retreat-style option includes on-premise accommodations in a rural country setting. Get away from it all and retreat into your healing.
What to expect after
This method and approach is a workout. You will be tired afterword but special care will be given to make sure that you are alright to leave and are able to take care of yourself in the aftermath. Having social supports that you can and do use is critical. Some people have arranged car rides but most do not. Also, I utilize Neurofeedback to retain the gains you made in your intensive session.
Adam O'Brien LMHC, CASAC
For the past 6 years, Adam has been utilizing this intensive model on a weekly basis. He is certified in EMDR and BSP. He also utilizes Ego State Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR), Imago Relational Therapy, and Seeking Safety.
He specializes in addiction (chemical and behavioral), dissociation, complex trauma, preverbal, intergenerational, historical, medical, spiritual abuse, psychedelic integration and harm reduction, domestic violence, victims of crime, first responders, and veterans.
He also has excellent experience with medical traumas, dissociation disorders, 12-steps, recovery, integrative medicine, loss, anger, preverbal traumas, and adoption.
To schedule an phone screen call 518-573-2925 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org