Intensive Psychotherapy is individual, emotionally focused, experiential therapy. We meet four days a week for four weeks, 16 sessions. Each session is approximately 50 minutes long. All sessions are scheduled in advance.
This schedule of meeting has a synergistic effect, each session building on the previous day and previous meetings. The momentum is strong and the client moves forward at a fast pace. I have found that meeting more than four days a week is too exhausting for the client.
Just as all 16 meetings are scheduled in advance, full payment is also made in advance. In this way issues of payment will not interfere with our work and the contract between us is clearer and cleaner. There is no reimbursement for late or missed sessions.
This therapy starts by establishing a safe, mutually respectful and caring relationship. By meeting nearly daily, this tends to occur naturally. Once this relationship is established, the natural tendency toward healing and transformation begins. While we have to acknowledge the past and the negative, the focus of therapy is to draw out the positive, the strong and the good.
My work, Intensive Psychotherapy, is focused on those high level executives and celebrities who have been accused of sexual harassment or abuse, bullying or creating a toxic work environment. It seeks to quickly solve some of the many problems for the company, the accused and the victims.
Intensive Psychotherapy is for the person who wants fast results. For many people it is like getting four years of therapy in a month.
It requires a significant investment of time, money energy, and focus. You need to be ready to make a big investment of your own resources in order to develop strong and resilient mental health and to create a better life for yourself. I take only two patients at time so that I can focus my time and attention on them.
This is not for the person who is actively using alcohol or drugs, including marijuana. If addiction is a part of the problem the person should have one month of sobriety before starting the program.
There are people who have reason to make rapid progress in their psychotherapy. For example:
At Work: This is for people who are facing disciplinary actions at work, have work stress or have lost interest in their work or are burned out. It is also for people who are not advancing as expected, who feel stuck in a job or are ready for their career to take off.
Entrepreneurs: This is for the self-employed person or entrepreneur who knows that the success or failure of their enterprise rests on their shoulders and they want to be the best leader they can be. This person may be in sales, a founder or top executive. History shows that people who do this work have remarkably more success in their business.
Relationships: This is for the person who has been or contemplated being unfaithful and must resolve their inner conflict quickly or their relationship will end. It is also for someone who is single and does not find a love relationship or who wants better, more intimate and loving relationships, or who wants to be a better parent and is willing to put in the effort to change quickly.
Intensive Psychotherapy will be intense for you and it is intense for me as well. I find this work very rewarding and very demanding as well. To be able to give you the attention you deserve and to sustain that attention, both in sessions and for outside preparation, I need to limit the number of people I see. I want to give you the very best of what I have and that means to make you the focus of my work instead of you being one among many people I am seeing.
We meet four days a week for four weeks. This frequency of sessions allows the rapid development of mutual trust, safety, security and care that are necessary for successful treatment. It is like starting a new friendship and seeing each other often. Learning (change) happens more quickly with more frequent experience. Learning is reinforced and occurs as if in layers of ever greater clarity.
“Highly Technical” means that this type of therapy requires a high level of therapist’s skills and precisely planned interventions by the psychologist.
The outcomes of this psychotherapy are the restoration and development of the neural pathways that will improve your relationships with others, improve your judgement, and give you an increased sense of freedom and creativity.
As a result of this work distress, loneliness, anxiety and depression are healed and objectionable behaviors are resolved.
Progress continues naturally after the end of therapy. People have said that it is like doing four years of therapy in a month.
Intensive Psychotherapy is a commitment of considerable time and money. The first thing expected of you is to take this commitment seriously. This probably will require some planning to arrange your life so that you can keep all of your appointments as scheduled.
You will be expected to keep all of your appointments as scheduled in advance. There is no reimbursement should you come late or miss an appointment, or if you want to withdraw from therapy.
You will find that therapy becomes demanding so you will need to plan on taking good care of yourself. This means getting regular and adequate sleep, good nutrition, avoidance of all substances of abuse including alcohol, cannabus, and other non-prescribed drugs. I recommend that you get regular exercise.
With your consent to record, Dr. Woodman will review the video recording to evaluate the effectiveness of his interventions and your responses to them. This helps him plan future sessions. With your consent, he may also show portions of a recording to a nationally recognized expert to help him be more effective in your treatment.
The primary approach I take is called Accelerated, Experiential, Dynamic, Psychotherapy (AEDP), a cumbersome name for a highly sophisticated amalgam of several approaches including Mentaliztion, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems and others. The training is rigorous and takes years to master. I also do Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). How I combine these approaches is determined by the needs of the patient and the dynamic between the patient and me.
Meeting four days a week has a multiplying effect. The work goes much faster and you achieve your goals in a month rather than in years. Read the article below.
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