McCullough Family Therapy

EMDR Intensives

A comprehensive, focused therapy approach to help you heal from your past challenges and find hope for the future.




Trauma can leave deep scars

Flashbacks, repeating memories, and anxiety caused by traumatic experiences can make it feel like you’re stuck in a loop that is keeping you from living your life.

We want to help you get the relief you need so you can get back to living fully.

Your path to healing, freedom, and peace starts here.


What Does EMDR Therapy Help With?

At its core, EMDR therapy is a compassionate and effective approach to help your mind heal from psychological trauma, much like the body recovers from physical trauma. If you’re struggling with a lot of anxiety, sudden memories of past events, or constant fear, EMDR therapy can be a transformative tool in helping you live a fulfilling and happy life.

If you are struggling with:

EMDR therapy releases the grip of trauma on your life


What Is An EMDR Intensive?

EMDR therapy is a focused, effective therapy that helps your brain reprocess distressing memories and sensations caused by trauma. Through guided eye movements, similar to the natural process that occurs during dreaming or REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, EMDR therapy greatly reduces the intensity of these memories, diminishing the emotional, and physical distress associated with them.

At McCullough Family Therapy, we offer EMDR therapy Intensives—longer, more concentrated sessions designed to focus on clearing stuck memories and beliefs and help you see results faster.

EMDR therapy can gently untangle the knots of your past and help you find freedom from what’s holding you back.

EMDR Intensive

What is the difference between an EMDR Intensive & weekly sessions?

EMDR therapy can be done in two different ways: weekly appointments or intensive sessions.

With weekly appointments, it’s like gently healing a wound a little at a time. Each session helps, but the healing isn’t finished all at once. You might still feel the effects of what’s bothering you between sessions.

On the other hand, EMDR intensives are more like deep, focused work on the wound, aiming to heal it more completely in a shorter amount of time. After an intensive, people often feel really tired, but they also notice big changes. Things that used to upset them don’t as much or at all anymore. People usually feel a sense of achievement and relief and are often amazed at the progress they’ve made after an intensive.

When EMDR is done over 6 weekly sessions, each session begins by revisiting a memory, working to process it, and ends with closure to return your mind to a balanced and relaxed state until the next week, when the process is repeated.

6 Weekly Sessions

4.5 Hour Intensive

With an EMDR Intensive, the same work that is done over 6 weekly sessions with classic EMDR is completed in one 4.5-hour session.

By the end of the session, the work to process and reframe the memory in your mind is complete, with no further steps needed.


Does My Experience Count As Trauma?

This is a very important question. When you’re wondering, “Does my experience even count as trauma?” remember that trauma is deeply personal and can vary greatly from person to person. What might be traumatic for one individual might not be for another, and that’s completely okay. Trauma is defined not just by the events themselves, but by your emotional and psychological response to them. If something has left you feeling overwhelmed, scared, or profoundly upset, it’s valid to consider it as trauma.

Your experiences and feelings are important, and acknowledging them is the first step towards healing.

In our session, we will help you understand and process these feelings, however you label them.

How Does EMDR Therapy Help?

EMDR therapy focuses on the physiological symptoms of trauma that are creating a block to other areas of your life. By releasing these deep-rooted responses, you can start to experience:

EMDR Therapy is recognized for its effectiveness in reducing, and often eliminating, the intensity of traumatic memories. This means a life with fewer flashbacks, less intrusive thoughts, and a significant reduction in anxiety and panic related to past traumas. As your mental health improves, your physical stress and symptoms can improve significantly too!

Our therapy sessions will guide you in understanding how your past experiences are impacting your current life. This insight is a critical step in your journey toward healing that can overflow into helping you connect on a deeper level with yourself and the people you care about most.

We focus on actual healing. EMDR goes beyond traditional talk therapy by targeting the emotional and psychological roots of your trauma, allowing you to process these memories safely and effectively. You are welcome to talk about your trauma in our sessions, but only as it feels right to you.

The lens of trauma can significantly affect how you view yourself and the world around you. Through our EMDR sessions, we will help you work toward releasing negative beliefs about yourself and replacing them with the truth. Then you can start to see yourself for the wonderful human that you are and walk in confidence.

Resolving past traumas can help you become – and stay – more present and able to engage in your relationships. You will be more able to stay engaged in tough conversations with your partner to resolve conflicts. By working through these old wounds, you can break down the barriers that trauma may have built between you and others, allowing you to build a stronger foundation of trust and connection, making your relationships healthier and more fulfilling.

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Why work with
McCullough Family Therapy?

This is your space to be you.

When you feel safe, supported, and heard – you’re going to feel comfortable sharing the experiences, history, and situations that brought you to our door.

Connection with your therapist leads to an openness that allows us to get clear on why your relationships follow a pattern of behavior that doesn’t give you what you need.

In creating a safe space for you to explore your thoughts without fear of judgment, we can open the door to real change.

We provide therapy that is:


Our commitment is to guide you ​toward the transformation you ​desire. To ensure you receive the ​best possible care, our clinicians ​work together, combining unique ​insights and expertise.


Wherever you are on your journey, you can feel confident that you are in a safe, judgment-free space. Our team is here to help you heal, grow, and get the support you need.


Our experienced clinicians tailor their approach to you, considering your needs, goals, and personality, using the modalities that best fit your situation.


How EMDR therapy works

Imagine your trauma is like a bucket of water that you are emptying with a cup. In weekly EMDR sessions, you remove a cup of water each week. During intensive EMDR sessions, you are removing a cup of water over and over throughout the day, while taking time to return to a state of balance and relief after each cup.

EMDR therapy follows an 8 step process, but during the intensive, these steps will be condensed as your comfort level allows.

Planning | Preparation | Assessment

In your first session, or the first hour and a half of intensive therapy, we'll start by getting to know you and your story. We'll talk about what you've been through, and what you're struggling with now, and use this to make a plan that's just for you. We'll also explain how EMDR therapy works, teach you ways to handle any tough feelings that may arise, and identify which specific memories to focus on in therapy. We'll help you see the negative thoughts about yourself linked to these memories and work towards changing them to positive ones, while also understanding how they make you feel and how your body reacts. This first step is important to prepare you for the rest of the therapy.

Desensitization | Installation | Body Scan

During the session, we'll guide you to think about the distressing memory while you do eye movements or other actions that involve both sides of your body. This helps your brain work through the memory in a new way, making new connections so it is no longer distressing.

The main goal is to help you connect the memory with good thoughts about yourself. We'll repeat these two-sided actions throughout our sessions to replace negative or distressing thoughts with ones that are more positive.

Once you've worked through the tough memory and are feeling better about yourself, your therapist will check in with you to see if there's any tension or discomfort left in your body. If there is, we'll use more EMDR to help with that too.


Closure helps you leave the session feeling better than when you arrived. At the end of the session, we guide you through relaxation and self-calming techniques that you've learned, ensuring you're equipped to manage any emotional distress that may arise in the future.

The benefit of an EMDR therapy intensive over weekly sessions is that after the recommended number of intensive sessions are done, you are DONE. You may feel tired, yet accomplished and relieved as you go on with your day.

Questions about EMDR therapy


EMDR taps into your body’s innate ability to heal emotional/psychological pain. Just like the body knows how to heal a cut or bruise if given the right conditions of rest, EMDR puts the body/mind in the ideal state to process through and release stuck trauma. Essentially, it’s like reprogramming the brain’s reaction to past trauma, making these memories less overwhelming and more manageable. During the intensive, we work through the process in one longer session, leading to a significant symptom reduction, faster.

EMDR Intensives offer focused, in-depth sessions over a shorter time, providing quicker results compared to weekly therapy. This concentrated approach allows for more continuous processing of traumatic memories without the week-long breaks typical in regular sessions. It’s ideal for those wanting faster relief and who can commit to intensive work. It’s ideal for people who don’t want to wait to feel better or who might need to use their weekly therapy for other therapeutic work like other stressors they’re experiencing.

Yes, the benefits of EMDR therapy are long-lasting. EMDR doesn’t just manage symptoms; it heals the roots of the trauma, leading to enduring relief. Most people experience lasting change.

Yes! While each person’s experience and history is unique, for most people, they can clear their whole story of major categories of trauma in 4-5 days. Each day of therapy helps to process what would take months of weekly sessions to accomplish. Imagine seeing a year (or more!) of therapy progress in 5 days!

Discussing your experience in detail is not required for success with EMDR therapy, though you are welcome to talk about it in as much detail as is helpful to you. Unlike traditional talk therapy, EMDR focuses more on your emotional and physical reactions to memories than on recounting specific events. We guide you through a process that addresses the trauma without needing you to describe it in depth, which can be a relief for those uncomfortable discussing their traumatic experiences.

EMDR therapy is generally considered safe, but like any therapy, it can have some side effects. Immediately after sessions, some people may experience increased emotions or vivid dreams as their brain processes the trauma, although these reactions are typically temporary and part of the healing process. Don’t let the word “intensive” intimidate you – we will always work at a comfortable pace and allow you to take the lead.


How To Get Started

Start with McCullough Family Therapy by booking a free consultation. You can use the button below to book directly online. If you prefer, you can call us or submit an inquiry via our contact form.

We offer in-person therapy sessions in Littleton. Telehealth therapy is available across Colorado.


EMDR Intensives

Helping you break free from experiences of the past and Walk into your future with peace and hope.