Intensive Therapy

What is Intensive Therapy?

  1. It is a short term therapy done with long sessions in maximum 2 weeks.
  2. It was designed to help adults from interstate and overseas, who can make the best use of their time, and local adults who would like to take some specialised time to focus on their recovery work.
  3. Intensive Therapy is a collaborative process between you and me to work on identified areas of distress in your life. For therapy to be effective, it is important that you take an active role in the process. I do not provide custody evaluation recommendation, nor medication or prescription recommendation, nor legal advice, nor forensic evaluation of sexual abuse, as these do not fall within my scope of practice.

 Who can benefit from Intensive Therapy?

  1. Adults suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to:
    • Single trauma
    • Several traumas
    • Childhood abuse
    • Medical conditions
    • Surgical or dental procedures
    • Combat
  2. Adults who has a trauma history and present symptoms such as:
    • ADHD
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Phobias
  3. Adults who have started their healing journey long time ago, or have done years of therapy, but still feeling stuck in the same issue.
  4. Adults who are recovering from addiction such as substance abuse, eating behaviours, etc.

What is the duration of the Intensive Therapy?

  1.  The individual Intensive Therapy typically lasts one to two weeks.
  2. Sessions are done in 2-4 hour blocks, 3-4 days in one week (6-16 hours/week) or at times over a 2-3 week period. (12-32 Hours in 2-3 weeks). This way, an equivalent of 6 months of weekly therapy can be completed in just 2 weeks.
  3. During this time, I will make my best efforts to help you process the traumas that have been affecting your life. However, I am not always able to process everything you have identified or new information that surfaces.
  4. Additional treatment may be scheduled upon my recommendation and consent from you. If additional work is not recommended or is unable to be arranged, I will give you referrals. Referral sources are limited based upon location and availability but I will strive to provide you with all my known resources.

How does Intensive Therapy work?

  1. Sessions are done in person in my office in Mosman, NSW, Australia.
  2. This method of therapy is NOT IDEAL for everyone. For this reason, an assessment is necessary to understand your needs and situation and make the best choice for you and your ongoing therapy.
  3. Just as an exercise trainer will assess your body, physical condition and current abilities to ensure your safety before you start an exercise regime, a good therapist will do the same.
  4. First step, an one and a half hour session. It can be online or in person.
    This is the session where you can know about me a bit more, how I work, and I can take your history briefly, and most importantly we will plan the therapy together.

What are the therapies used for Intensive Therapy?

  1. I am trained in a number of different brain and body therapies. Naturally, I tailor our sessions so you can have the utmost benefit from what we are doing. We might do talk-therapy, but most of the time we will be focusing on processing the chosen traumatic events and triggers. You are always a part of the decision making process. I am also trained in several therapies to support resolution of trauma and/or other overwhelming experiences including:
  2. In the first session you will learn the MATES Resourcing Program, which it will give you tools to help you manage your brain and body reactions during and between sessions. Even if you decide that you don´t want to continue your healing process with me after the first session, you will be equipped with simple and easy skills to use on yourself to come back to calm mind. Mates is a important set of strategies that is part of the beginning of our therapy together, preparing you to use other types of brain-base therapy.

What do I need to be aware of before we proceed?

After the first assessment some clients may need to also have:

  1. An existing, stable support network or
  2. Have completed a course of DBT – Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for learning emotional regulation and reality-testing with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance, and acceptance largely derived from Buddhist meditative practice
  3. Have the support of regular weekly sessions with a therapist while we do this work together.
  4. Commitment and consistent attendance at a 12 step programme, plus “working” the steps and having a sponsor with whom you have daily contact if you have an addiction you use to help yourself cope with life.
  5. I may need your written permission to allow me to speak to other professionals you are seeing to talk to, for example, your psychiatrist, social worker, other therapist, or psychologist before we move ahead with making appointments for this type of delivery of therapy.

Together with your other therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist, we will decide if now is the best time for you to begin this work or if an alternate time may be best for you and there may be other steps for you to complete prior to beginning this program.

My usual fee also applies for consultations with other professionals on your behalf. You are responsible for payment of these fees also.

I realise that choosing to do an intensive therapy is a major decision and you may have many questions.

If you are interested in this type of therapy, please book a FREE and confidential 15-minutes telephone or for Skype consultation email me to discuss your needs. 

If you are ready for your assessment, book your 90-minutes assessment now.

After assessment and about to start Intensive Therapy, please click here.

Please note: additional times may be available that are not listed. Call 0421 204 923 to inquire for a specific time.

If you do not see a time or date that suits your schedule, please email me directly to be put on the cancelation list.