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What To Expect

What happens in a private intensive therapy retreat?

You'll be the therapist's only client for each full working day of your retreat. The therapist will typically be available to work with you from 9 AM to 5 PM with an hour break for lunch, and other breaks as needed. While all the therapists use our treatment approach, please bear in mind that it's done a little differently in every case.

You'll start with a brief orientation and then the therapist will ask a lot of questions about your history as well as your current situation, including your strengths, resources, problems, and what you have tried so far. The therapist will also ask you about your short-term and long-term goals. (With more than one person, e.g. a couple or parent & child, some of this will happen together and some individually.)

By lunch time (give or take) the therapist will give you his/her opinion about what's going on with you, and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of getting to your goals. These suggestions will include some things you can do in the treatment, and some things you can do in your life.

From here, it depends.

  • You might do some guided visualization to help you feel more grounded in a "secure attachment" relationship -- especially if you didn't actually have one in your own history.
  • You might do some work on stabilization and/or coping skills.
  • You might do some work on practical strategies, problem-solving, etc.

When the therapist and you agree that you're ready, you'll start working through your trauma and loss memories, most likely with PC or EMDR. You might start with a "test run" of a recent minor upsetting event, or perhaps a discrete event from the past such as a not-too-serious car accident. Eventually you'll probably work through all the trauma & loss memories, typically in chronological order from earliest to most recent. Some people finish this portion of the work within one to three days, and some people take longer.

Then you'll work with the therapist to develop and practice the coping skills to manage anticipated challenges, in a way that will keep you on track towards your goals.

Finally, you'll plan for any follow-up treatment that may be needed. Often all that's planned is a check-in just to make sure that you're on track, with the option to do more as called for.

Next Steps

If you're considering intensive therapy, the next step will be a phone call with our intake coordinator. The purpose of this conversation is to:

  • briefly discuss your situation to determine if you are likely to benefit from intensive therapy
  • provide guidance on selection of a therapist
  • obtain an estimate of number of treatment days needed
  • answer any questions you may have

From there, you'll schedule the retreat, complete an online consent form, hold your slot with a $100 registration fee (that applies in full to the first day's treatment) and credit card authorization, and make contact with the therapist. And if you should decide that the therapist is not a good match for you, then it's OK to choose another one instead.

Cost & Payment

Cost will depend on your therapist's rate and number of treatment days. Each therapist's listing includes cost information. At present the fee range is from $600 - $2,400/day (less the 10% prompt payment discount) for the therapist's time, with most in the $800 - $1,000/day range. Fees vary according to therapist experience, expertise, and other factors. You'll also be responsible for your travel-related costs.

Insurance does not yet cover this service. Payment will not be processed until time of service, at which time you can pay by debit or credit card (MC/VISA), cash, or check.


For more information or to schedule a private intensive therapy retreat,

e-mail us or call us at (413) 282-7797.