EMDR intensives in Hertfordshire

EMDR Intensives

Three half-day intensives in the same week.

Only one spot available a month.

You will be working one-to-one with Dr Maria Tucknott, a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. She will support and guide you through the whole process with compassion and care.

Contact me today to register your interest and discuss this option.

EMDR Intensives Hertford

What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

EMDR is an effective intervention for trauma and a range of other difficulties. You can read more about EMDR here

What are EMDR intensives?

EMDR intensives accelerate the EMDR therapy process because several months of therapy is condensed into a few days. This means that EMDR intensives are focused, in-depth and immersive.

One of the most significant advantages of intensive EMDR is the potential for rapid progress. In weekly sessions of therapy, it may take several weeks or months to work through a traumatic or challenging event. In contrast, EMDR intensives condense the timeline into a few days which helps you reach your goals and alleviate trauma symptoms more quickly.

Talking about trauma is overwhelming and triggering. For some people, they feel like they are just surviving in-between weekly therapy sessions and that’s hard when you need to carry on working or being present in your relationships. EMDR intensives offer a powerful approach to trauma therapy, providing individuals with an opportunity to accelerate healing.

It's important to mention that intensive EMDR can be used to treat any issue that standard therapy would treat, not just trauma. They are effective at working through current issues as well issues stemming from your past.

Research has shown intensive formats of EMDR are equally, if not more effective than weekly sessions of EMDR Therapy (see below for links to the research).

This intensive format of EMDR might suit you if:

✓ You are specific about what you want to work on.

✓ You have experienced a single event trauma and know that this is what you want to focus on in your therapy.

✓ You're fed up of trauma holding you back and you want to reclaim your life and address your trauma symptoms efficiently and quickly.

✓ You feel stuck with your grieving process following the loss of a loved one.

✓ Your obligations to work, family and other commitments means your time is constrained so you cannot attend ongoing weekly therapy sessions.

✓ You’re able to make time for a short period of concentrated therapy work so that the impact on your obligations is minimal.

✓ You’re struggling with a quickly-approaching upcoming event and want to work on this e.g. travelling for a holiday.

✓ You are already having therapy but feel a bit stuck with your current therapist. Perhaps they are not trauma trained or their way of helping with the trauma has not helped.  You can attend an EMDR intensive as an adjunct to your existing therapy sessions.

What is the process of an EMDR intensive with Dr Maria Tucknott?


Before the EMDR intensive begins you will be offered a 90 minute assessment and bespoke treatment planning session. You will discuss your difficulties along with your goals for the EMDR intensive.


A personalised workbook will be sent to you two weeks before your intensive. This allows you to start working on your treatment goals and practice grounding techniques before the EMDR intensive sessions begin. This workbook will be yours to keep after the sessions.

EMDR intensive sessions

During the intensive, we will work on your difficulties using EMDR along with grounding exercises, breathing and reflection in-between processing sessions to ensure an optimal and contained experience.

There will be three half-day (2.5 hours per day) EMDR Intensive sessions in the same week (Tuesday - Friday). These can be carried out online, in-person in Hertford or a mixture of both.

Review appointment

After the EMDR intensive sessions, you will be offered a follow-up appointment lasting 60 minutes to check in with your progress.

The fee for all of the above is £1,300 (10 hours of one-to-one sessions in total plus the workbook)

What research supports this intensive EMDR format?

The intensive application of trauma-focused therapy can enable faster symptom reduction in people with PTSD.  It has similar, or even better, results than weekly therapy.  Learn more here , here and here.

Intensive EMDR treatment is feasible and is indicative of reliable improvement in PTSD symptoms in a very short time frame. Learn more here

Book a EMDR session

If you are interested in EMDR in Hertford, contact Dr Maria Tucknott today and we can decide whether an intensive EMDR session is suitable for you.