Midcoast Counseling Group Four Day Intensive Program
Our Intensive program utilizes evidence-based practices—EMDR, PE, Yoga Nidra, and Trauma Informed Yoga to expedite healing from a PTSD injury. Research suggests that intensive treatment can provide the same results as weekly therapy in a fraction of the time. The term “intensive” may sound intimidating, it simply refers to treatment being provided over a short amount of time versus being spread out over months, or even years.
Here are six things you can expect when you reach out to inquire about our program:
Scheduled Phone Call
Expect a scheduled phone call to determine if this is the best fit for you. Intensive treatment isn’t for everybody. It requires readiness to approach and engage in treating traumatic experiences. For this reason, this program is not a good fit for individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol actively using within the last six months, and who are unable to abstain from substances for the duration of the program; for those who have attempted suicide in the last three months; for those who have been charged or arrested for rape, sexual assault, or physical assault.
Expect a 90 minute history taking session and 90 minute psychoeducation session prior to the beginning of the four day intensive. During the history taking session, we’ll review your family history, mental health history, and focus the majority of the time identifying the target memories in need of reprocessing during the intensive. During the psychoeducation session, we’ll review how trauma impacts the brain, symptoms of PTSD, and other prep for intensive treatment.
On Schedule Sessions
Expect to follow the same schedule each day. Your team of therapists will meet each morning and each afternoon to discuss the previous session and treatment plan the next session. You will meet Lisa Hickey, LCSW for Prolonged Exposure (PE) each morning for 90 minutes, followed by lunch and trauma informed yoga (at your own time and pace). In the afternoon you will meet with either Lauren Hample, LCSW, or Brooke Loring, LCPC for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for 90 minutes (therapists will be assigned before the intensive begins—you will know who you are meeting and when prior to beginning treatment). In the evening you will engage in Yoga Nidra at your own pace. You will receive emails each morning and evening from your team of therapists with words of encouragement, resources, etc. Each morning you will be asked to complete three questionnaires to track symptoms.
Time to Unwind
Expect to feel emotionally tired and in need of time to unwind between sessions, and at the end of each day. Intensive treatment is a lot of work! You will be approaching memories that you may have been avoiding for a long time—and this can be really hard and draining work. It may be helpful to clear your schedule (when possible) of other responsibilities the week of the intensive. You may also need the fifth day to rest and recover. This is, in part, why we include Trauma Informed Yoga and Yoga Nidra as part of our program. Some clients find it helpful to plan meals ahead of time, or obtain support from friends and family the week of the intensive.
Expect to get a lot out of it! The research on intensive therapy is astounding—you have the opportunity to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Some clients no longer meet the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) criteria for PTSD and Anxiety following intensive treatment.
Expect to follow up with your team of clinicians 30 days after your intensive program. At the 30 day mark, you will be asked to complete all of the same symptom questionnaires again, as well as questions about your experience during the intensive, and any feedback you have for your clinical team/the program.
Who’s a good fit?This program is a good fit for individuals struggling with PTSD and ill effects of past or recent trauma—with a willingness and readiness to do the hard work of processing this trauma in an intensive format. Individuals may have a current therapist, however it is not a requirement of the program. The intensive is not a good fit for individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol actively using within the last six months, and who are unable to abstain from substances for the duration of the program; for those who have attempted suicide in the last three months; for those who have been charged or arrested for rape, sexual assault, or physical assault.
Why choose intensive treatment?The research is pretty astounding, suggesting that healing can be attained with intensive treatment in a fraction of the time, when compared with weekly therapy. Simply put, this allows you to feel better, faster.
Why is the program so expensive?We utilize a team approach in our intensive program—you get two skilled clinicians who will be collaborating before and after each session to ensure your healing is efficient and effective. We want to help you maximize your time in our program! Altogether you will receive 3 hours of preparation, 12 hours of specialized trauma treatment, 5 hours of clinical planning and consultation between your clinical team, and 8 hours of trauma-informed yoga and yoga Nidra meditation.
Intensive Therapy Cost Breakdown
90 Minute Intake & Target Planning - $232.50
90 Minute Psychoeducation & Resourcing - $232.50
Four Day Intensive Treatment Breakdown
5 Hours Clinicians Consulting & Treatment Planning Sessions - $775
6 Hours Prolonged Exposure - $930
6 Hours Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - $930
4 Hours Yoga Nidra Meditation - $0
4 Sessions Yoga Trauma Focused Yoga -$0
One Month Follow-up (by phone) - $0
Total - $3,100
We offer a 15% discount for first responders and veterans