Irina works in both the traditional therapy model (regular 55 minute weekly or fortnightly sessions), as well as offering a more intensive treatment approach to suitable clients.
An intensive approach incorporates a limited number of longer (90-minute) sessions with increased frequency. After the agreed upon treatment course is complete, we evaluate the results, and follow-up sessions can be offered if needed. The number of sessions is determined based on your needs following the initial assessment and screening process. This approach works best if you experience PTSD symptoms following a single traumatic event; have a specific goal in mind; or if you are pursuing EMDR as an adjunct treatment to your regular talk therapy.However, the intensive approach may not be right for you if you are looking to address complex or childhood trauma and/or suffer from significant dissociative symptoms, and require a period of preparatory work before processing the trauma. All of these issues will be discussed with you during the assessment as your safety is paramount.
An example of an intensive program:
Initial intake phone call and screening questionnaires completed
Session 1: Assessment, preparation for EMDR processing, goal-setting
Sessions 2-5: EMDR processing sessions according to goals
Session 6: Completion of processing and evaluation of progress
Additional sessions: further intensive or regular follow-up sessions may be arranged if needed
The minimum frequency is weekly; maximum is 2 90-minute sessions in one day with a lunch break. The cost is $350 per session. Medicare rebates ($131.65) may be used with a GP Mental Health Care Plan and referral. Please note that if you choose the option of 2 sessions in one day, you can only receive the rebate for one of those sessions.
Safety criteria for intensive EMDR treatment:
Having the skills to recognise and manage high levels of emotion
Having an adequate support system in addition to the therapist
Commitment to your own safety and treatment
Being able to ground/self-soothe when needed
Not being in active addiction
Not currently feeling suicidal/no recent hospitalisations
No major dissociative symptoms
No current involvement in any legal case pertaining to the traumatic event you wish to process or this has been discussed and agreed upon with your legal team
If you’re needing help right now, and you don’t want to spend months in the traditional weekly model of therapy treatment to feel better, the intensive treatment might be right for you. An intensive approach enables faster symptoms reduction, and is more efficient compared to standard treatment for many clients.