Trauma Therapy Intensive for Individuals

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Talk therapy keeps you in your front (logic) brain. Trauma is stored in an entirely different area, the mid-brain. Talk therapy can only take us so far, then we dig deeper!

Often times, we end up feeling stuck and only learning how to cope with the triggers. My goal is to take you deep into your nervous system (where trauma is stored) and help it release so you aren’t spending all of your energy just managing symptoms.
"For years I unknowingly suffered from PTSD while stagnating in talk therapy and getting minimal relief from antidepressants. Doing an Intensive at Trauma Therapy of Nashville was a game changer for me.  It allowed me to process a years-long series of traumas and reclaim a sense of self-worth that I was convinced I would never feel again. I still have some inner work to do, but doing an Intensive gave me the wisdom, space, insight, and inner freedom to begin my healing journey. I am forever grateful to Melanie and Trauma Therapy of Nashville for helping me get my life back."

What Is Intensive Trauma Therapy?

Trauma Therapy Intensive work is meant to be supplemental to the ongoing work you may be doing with a “Primary Therapist” or Practitioner, such as a mental health therapist, coach, energy worker, sound therapist, acupuncturist, spiritual guide, shaman, etc. The focus is on regulating the client’s nervous system (where trauma is stored) and processing trauma with brain-body based modalities. Treatment plans are curated to the client’s specific needs and therapeutic goals.

Intensives are offered in Three formats:

Multi-Day Intensive: Build your own intensive, 2 -hour therapy sessions each day, 2-5 days
Extended Trauma Intensive Therapy Sessions: Typically 1.5 -2 hours and scheduled as needed
Ketamine Assisted Therapy Intensives: A combination of Ketamine dosing sessions and integration sessions scheduled within a closer time frame.

This Work Can Be Beneficial To Those Hoping To Begin The Healing Process Of:

  • Developmental or Relational Trauma: Chronic Stress, medical trauma, chronic illness, poverty, discrimination and violence
  • Neglect & Abuse: Physical, emotional, sexual or spiritual abuse
  • Shock Trauma: Accidents, assaults or natural disasters
  • Intergenerational Trauma: Trauma passed down through our families dynamics and genes (epigenetic).

Symptoms Of Trauma Can Be Expressed In Several Ways, Including:

  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Codependency
  • Substance Use
  • Disordered Eating
  • Impaired Relationships with Others
  • Self-worth
  • Other Areas of Struggle

How Is This Different From Talk Therapy?

This work is very different than talk therapy. You already have everything you need to heal within you. Trauma disconnects us from our body’s own wisdom. My role is to guide, hold space and provide opportunity for you to connect back to this wisdom. 

There is a general assumption that those beginning this work have outside support, awareness of the impact trauma has had on their life and healthy coping skills to move through difficult thoughts and emotions when they arise. When this is in place, we can focus on trauma processing rather than skill building.  

Whats The Difference Between A Primary Therapist And Working With Melanie?

Imagine building a house. You don’t hire one person to do the entire job. You typically hire a construction manager (primary therapist) that guides you through the process. If you want custom cabinets, you hire someone that specializes in cabinet making (trauma therapist). 

A Primary Therapist’s role can help prepare you for trauma work and help to process difficult material that may emerge during trauma sessions. They can also accommodate things such as scheduling last minute sessions, responding to emergency situations, scheduling long-term care, consistent (weekly/biweekly) sessions, email/text support, etc.  Due to the nature of this work and scheduling needs, Melanie does not work with clients as the primary therapist, but as a member of your care team that specifically focuses on your trauma.

It is highly recommended that clients have additional ongoing, consistent support. Trauma Therapy of Nashville, LLC offers ongoing support and continued trauma work with other therapists in the practice. If this is a need, please email

In order to continue to offer services to those seeking supplemental therapy and avoid lengthy waiting times, services are offered up to 6 months. Client’s needs and therapeutic goals will be re-evaluated at that time.

Why Choose Intensive Trauma Therapy?

DIFFERENT APPROACH: Insurance companies set the standard for the traditional once-a-week therapy model. This may not be the best fit for your specific needs and your healing process. In my 10+ years of doing trauma therapy, I have found that extended session times allow clients to go deeper into the healing process and get more from each session; leading to better treatment outcomes! A trauma therapy intensives can be a great “next-step” after gaining awareness and new skills with a treatment program or individual therapist.

ACCESS TO ADVANCED TREATMENT:  Client’s may not have access to a therapist that is highly trained for trauma specific work. Intensives with Melanie give clients access to brain-based therapies like Brainspotting, EMDR and mindfulness practices like somatic, meditation and breathe work. She also offers Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP), a legal psychedelic medicine that helps in the processing of trauma. 

FOCUS ON TRAUMA: Trauma Therapy Intensives are in-depth therapy sessions designed to:

  • Assist clients in jump-starting the process of trauma work
  • Focus on trauma specific issues as a support to your individual therapy process
  • Offer client’s another way to work through trauma and regulate the nervous system

In traditional therapy, clients may find themselves discussing other matters that come up along the way, rather than exploring the deeper reason for the pain they are in. Trauma Therapy Intensives offer a different way of engaging in therapy that can help clients get to the root issues and begin healing.

How Do I Know Trauma Intensive Therapy Is Right For Me?

A Great Place To Start Is By Exploring These Questions:

  • When you experience emotions do you shut down, becoming quickly overwhelmed, or do you interact with your thoughts and emotions with coping skills and emotional flexibility?
  • Do you have awareness of how your body feels and processes emotions?
  • Do you have an awareness of how your trauma has influenced your relationship with yourself and others? (I.e. understanding your boundaries, triggers and responses to them)
  • Do you currently have a therapist or have you been working with a therapist in the past and feel you are ready to engage in trauma work?

If you aren’t sure how to answer these questions, don’t worry – that just means it’s time to get curious!​​​​​​​​
It may be that where you are in your healing journey is best suited for meeting with a therapist for individual work to gain some helpful skills and insight into your story. This will best prepare you (and your nervous system) for the deeper work of Intensive Trauma Therapy.
If you answered those questions and feel that you are ready to dig in, please reach out to to schedule your first session, a 30-min Zoom consultation with Melanie Reese. No matter where you are on your healing journey, we are honored to travel alongside you.

What’s Included In Trauma Therapy Intensive Sessions?

Sessions include:

  • Brainspotting, EMDR and/or Ketamine Assisted Therapy (KAT)
  • Meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery and body-movement are integrated into your sessions
  • Pre-Intensive intake, assessments and curated treatment planning
  • Co-ordination with your primary therapist and any other practitioner that becomes apart of your treatment team.
  • Client receive access to resources such as recommended books, podcasts, videos, recorded meditations, journaling prompts and more
  • Did I mention I have a therapy dog?!

**Add-on services are subject to rates of the provider and will be billed separately.

Do You Work With Other Practitioners?

Yes! As a Holistic Therapist, its important to view you as a whole person and recognize that what I offer is only a piece of the puzzle. I have a network of Practitioners that allow me to provide the best resources for your specific needs. I often create a care team as the client’s need indicates. I have built trusting relationships with these knowledgable practitioners over the years and my clients have loved working with them. We utilize the following modalities when creating your tailored treatment plan:

  • Brainspotting
  • EMDR
  • Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)
  • Neuro Feedback*
  • Trauma Informed Yoga and Body Movement
  • Trauma Informed Bodywork and/or Massage*
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  • Sound Healing & Craniosacral Work
  • Breathe Work
  • Nutritional Therapy*
  • Acupuncture*
  • And more!
    *Services are contracted separately and are not included in the Intensive with Melanie. Pricing is subject to the practitioners current fee and availability.

Practitioners I Work With:
Andrew Dudley – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Ketamine Assisted Therapy
Empowered Heart – Holistic Medication Management
Good Vibrations Holistic Healing – Holistic Sound Healing & Craniosacral Therapy
Katie Parker Massage – Integrative Massage & Source Point Therapy
Kelsie Patton – Trauma Informed Yoga and Somatic Movement
MindStream Integrative Medicine – Holistic Medical Care
Melanie Joye, LMT – Integrative Bodyworker/Massage Therapist
Murray Nutrition – Eating Disorder and Disordered Eating Patterns
Nashville Autoimmune Nutrition – Functional Nutrition for Autoimmune and Chronic Illness
Redefining Roots – Holistic Medication Management
The Fork Functional Medicine – Functional and Metabolic Holistic Medicine – Women’s Hormones and Autoimmune
The Wellness Studio – Acupuncture

What Is The Personal Investment For Trauma Intensive Therapy?

Intensive outpatient programs (IOP) can range $5,000 – $15,000. We offer a tailored and affordable option for those wanting to engage in a deep intensive healing practice. Pricing is determined using our standard (1-hour) session rates. You can review therapists rate here. Melanie Reese, Colton Hammond, Victoria Herrera and Pamela Hicks currently offer intensives.

If you are a client we have not previously worked with, we require that we meet via Zoom for an initial intake session that is typically 30 minutes. This session allows us to start building a connection, answer questions and make sure this is the absolute best time for you (and your nervous system) to do a trauma intensive. Trauma work is difficult and vulnerable. Trust and safety in the person holding space and guiding you through such a process is important. This is a time for you to see how you feel engaging with your therapist and ensure that they are the best fit for you!

30-Minute Initial Session via Zoom: This is where we first connect, learn about teach other and determine the best next steps in your healing journey!
1-2 Hour Sessions: Extended Sessions give us more time to dig in and process trauma. Clients can choose the session length that best suits their needs.
2-Hour Ketamine Dosing Session ($400)*: These are sessions where the client receives medicine and is guided by a therapist.
(*Medicine administration fees of the medical provider are not included and will be billed separately)
Multi-Day Trauma Therapy Intensive: A $300 deposit is required to schedule your sessions. (This is applied to your total balance and is non-refundable)
*Payment plans are available

Start the Healing Journey Today!

For more information or to schedule your consultation, please email our Client Care Coordinator:

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