7 Myths About Intensives

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I've been offering intensive therapy programs for my EMDR clients for 5 years now and I've learned a lot about about how to design successful intensive models. And I've made it my mission to share my experience so that other clinicians may benefit in their own private practices.

And, now, because I've now had the opportunity to support clinicians as they launch their own intensive models, I've been able to learn more about what helps and hinders clinicians when it comes to designing their intensive models. And, as always, I want to share that with you.

Today, I explore the 7 most common myths that I hear in consultation about why clinicians feel stuck when it comes to offering intensive therapy in their private practices. And the good news? I'm here to encourage you (with data of course) on how we can shift our mindset to better understand how possible it is to design an intensive model of therapy.

Learn about why you're already trained and set up to do this, how intensive therapy actually takes less energy, that intensive therapy doesn't mean 6-8 hours of therapy, and much more in today's podcast episode.

You are a precious resource who has the ability to offer high-value services to their clients. And it's my mission to help you understand that.



  • 1:37 - "I don't want to do therapy for 8 hours with 1 person."
  • 9:28 - "I don't have enough clinical training to do intensive work."
  • 14:08 - "It's too hard to change my business model and the turnover is going to be unpredictable."
  • 16:29 - "I don't have energy to do something more."
  • 18:34 - "No one is going to want to do this with me because too many clinicians are already doing this."
  • 21:20 - "I don't think I can start doing this in the summer or winter."
  • 25:24 - "I don't know who is an appropriate client for this."


When something traumatic happens to us, it can be healing to have a therapist listen to and/or validate our horrible experience, especially if no one else has before. However, rehashing the details of that traumatic event can be retraumatizing. Brain-based therapies like EMDR teach us that we don't have to talk about the trauma or the details if we don't want to because the real healing doesn't focus on the traumatic event itself.

The Zero Disturbance podcast is for educational purposes and is not a replacement for a therapeutic relationship or individualized mental health or medical care.

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With a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt, Kambria has been creating trainings and teaching adult learners for over 20 years. As the Director of Education and Quality Improvement at Stanford Medical School, she created ease in complex systems, thereby giving medical trainees successful learning experiences. Now, as a dedicated mom, therapist, and EMDR Consultant, Kambria knows what it means to do things efficiently, effectively, and in a learner-centered way. When she isn't podcasting or creating online courses, you can find Kambria playing with her twins on a beach in California.

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