Talk therapy keeps you in your front (logic) brain. Trauma is stored in an entirely different area, the mid-brain. The issue with utilizing just talk therapy to make sense of our trauma, is that is uses our past experiences of trauma!
So 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.
There is a growing demand for a condensed and focused way to work through trauma and healing. I’m hoping that by offering Trauma Therapy Intensive Sessions, clients will get the healing they need and the help they deserve.
What is a Trauma Therapy Intensive?
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 two formats:
5-Day Intensive: 2 -hour therapy sessions (Mon-Fri)
Extended Trauma Intensive Therapy Sessions: Typically 2-3 hours and scheduled as needed
How Is This Different From Talk Therapy?
This work is very different than talk therapy. You have everything you need within you to heal. Trauma disconnects us from our body’s own wisdom to heal itself. 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, it allows the work to be focused 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 some that specializes in cabinets making (trauma therapist).
A Primary Therapist’s role can 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 email@example.com.
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: The traditional once-a-week therapy model may not be the best fit for your specific needs and your healing process. Extended session times allow clients to go deeper into the healing process and get more from each session. A trauma therapy intensives can be a great “next-step” after gaining awareness and new skills with a treatment program or individual therapist.
ACCESS: Treatment programs can be beneficial when the safety of a monitored environment and additional skills for coping are needed. 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; Modalities that process deep rooted trauma, that our struggles are often connected with.
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 than traditional weekly talk-therapy.
In traditional therapy, clients may find themselves discussing other matters that come up along the way, rather than a specific reason they originally began therapy. Clients may feel there is a lack of progress or thinking that they simply can’t be helped. The problem isn’t the client. It’s just a matter of finding the approach that is best suited to how you process and heal. This different way of engaging in therapy 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your first session, a 1-hour zoom consultation with Melanie Reese. No matter where you are on your healing journey, we are honored to travel alongside you.
Creating A Care Team
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:
- Neuro Feedback*
- Trauma Informed Yoga and Body Movement
- Trauma Informed Bodywork and/or Massage*
- Mindfulness & Meditation
- Sound Healing & Craniosacral
- Breathe Work
- Nutritional Therapy*
- 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.
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:
- Substance Use
- Disordered Eating
- Impaired Relationships with Others
- Other Areas of Struggle
What’s included in the Therapy Intensive?
5 days (M-F) of holistic, brain and body based therapy sessions, 2 hour sessions each day (10 hours total)
Extended Trauma Intensive Therapy Sessions:
Typically 2-3 hours and scheduled as needed (Weekly/ bimonthly/monthly), up to 6 months.
All Sessions include:
- Brainspotting or EMDR
- Meditation, mindfulness, guided imagery and body-movement are integrated into your sessions
- Pre-Intensive intake, assessments and curated treatment planning
- Co-ordination with other practitioners for selected “add-on” services.**
- Access to resources such as recommended books, podcasts, videos, recorded meditations 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.
What Is The Personal Investment For A Therapy Intensive?
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 my standard (1-hr) session fee of $195.
If you are a client I have not previously worked with, I require that we meet via Zoom for an initial session that is typically 50 minutes. This 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 me and ensure that I am the best fit for you!
*Sessions are base on the standard 50-minute therapy hour
Initial Zoom Session (typically 50 min): $100
– 10 hours of therapy: $1950
Due at Registration: $300 (This is applied to your total balance and is non-refundable)
*Payment plans are available
1.5-Hour Sessions: $290
2-Hour Sessions: $390
Start the Healing Journey Today!
For more information or to schedule your consultation, please email our Client Care Coordinator: Admin@TraumaTherapyNashville.com
Practitioners I work with:
Empowered Heart – Holistic Medication Management
Good Vibrations Holistic Healing – Holistic Sound Healing & Craniosacral Therapy
Katie Parker Massage – Integrative Massage & Source Point Therapy
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 Wellness Studio – Acupuncture