EMDR Intensives & Trauma Retreats

Beach Cities Psychotherapy
Serving the South Bay Communities of Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Torrance, Palos Verdes and surrounding Beach Cities.

We will get in the trenches with you and help you get to the root. We are not nodding-head therapists.

EMDR Intensives: Ready to take on the trauma holding you back?



Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy that effectively treats trauma and trauma symptoms without re-traumatizing in the way that traditional talk therapy can.

EMDR Intensives are accelerated treatment programs for trauma. Rather than traditional weekly EMDR sessions, EMDR Intensives include one 90 minute session one to two weeks prior to the intensive (via telehealth or in-person) to begin resourcing and create the treatment plan, and one to three 3-hour Intensive EMDR sessions. A 30-minute follow-up session (telehealth or in-person) to go over an after-care plan within two weeks of the Intensive is also included. 

Often clients choose to create a self-care trauma retreat around the EMDR Intensive and use it as an opportunity to take care of their mental heath and overall well-being.

During this time, we move through the phases of EMDR and process as much of the trauma as possible. The advantages of EMDR Intensives include:

  • Creating progress in a shorter period of time

  • Accelerating the reduction of trauma symptoms

  • Intensives may better support your professional or personal schedule 

  • Focused, collaborative attention to the pain points you are interested in healing

In essence, EMDR Intensives are the equivalent of one to three months of weekly EMDR Therapy.

While many clients are excited to participate in the EMDR intensives, a gentle reminder that we always share is that this is intensive therapy. It’s important that during the EMDR Intensive, clients create time to focus on self-care so that they are able to do the EMDR work effectively. People often report feeling tired after EMDR sessions as EMDR is an intense process and these intensives are accelerated.


If you can identify with the following experiences, EMDR Intensives may be right for you.

Feeling overwhelmed in the present by intrusive thoughts like "I'm not good enough," "I'm not safe," or "I don't deserve love" even when intellectually, you know it's not true.

Experiencing vivid, intrusive memories of a traumatic event that disrupt daily functioning and peace of mind or intense emotional distress or physiological reactions when reminded of past events.

Sabotaging relationships or opportunities for no apparent reason or avoiding places, people, or activities that are reminders of trauma, significantly limiting personal freedom and life enjoyment.

Why Beach Cities Psychotherapy?

Are you looking for a therapist who lights pretty candles, smiles and nods while you talk about the same problems week after week? 

If you are, that’s not us.

At Beach Cities Psychotherapy, we ask the challenging questions and get in the trenches with you. Sometimes trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship struggles, or identity issues get in our way. 

You may feel empty, broken or even worthless when other people may think you have it all.  We help you make the shifts you need to live the life you want and feel able to appreciate it. Our goal at Beach Cities Psychotherapy is to cultivate change and healing by asking you the hard questions, addressing the areas where you are stuck, and confronting pain with treatment and healing.

We are direct, hands-on and we value humor above candles. Our therapists are not scared of your pain, your fear, your struggles. We will delve beneath the surface when you are ready.

We value your mental health, your time and your resources too much to talk about the same problems in the same ways that you always have. Often people come to Beach Cities Psychotherapy when they feel like other therapists have skimmed the surface and they need more.

We want to help you heal and find the clarity you need in your life.  

We Make Getting Started Easy

Step 1. Reach Out

Step 2. Schedule Your First Session

Step 3. Feel Like You Again