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Take Massive Imperfect Steps Toward Your Goals with Therapy Intensives

Therapy Intensives

Unlock profound breakthroughs with Therapy Intensives—a specialized, extended counselling format spanning multiple hours or days. Experience accelerated therapy tailored to your needs, fostering deep exploration and rapid progress within a supportive, safe environment.


By utilizing methods including EMDR, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and trauma-informed attachment work, we personalize your intensive experience in order to see real change, soon. You've come to the right place to get relief from trauma, low self-esteem, and challenges in relationships. 

Intensive therapy is designed to expedite healing and personal growth: Months of therapy condensed into 1 to 3 days.

Types of Therapy Intensives Offered: 

EMDR Therapy Intensives

The emotional weight of unresolved trauma may have you feeling trapped, hopeless, and alone. You're ready to find relief from the tension and stress stored in your body.


You're looking for a newfound sense of relaxation and vitality.


Through the proven techniques of EMDR therapy, you'll unlock the power to reprocess traumatic experiences, release negative beliefs, and cultivate resilience and inner strength.


Don't let trauma dictate your life any longer. Step towards healing by contacting us for your EMDR Intensive Therapy Sessions today.

Couples Therapy Intensives

Are you and your partner feeling stuck in recurring patterns of conflict and misunderstanding? The strain on your relationship may leave you feeling frustrated, lonely, and unsure of your future together.


Through immersive sessions tailored to your unique needs, you'll uncover the root causes of your relationship struggles and learn practical tools to foster deeper connection, communication, and intimacy.


Don't let unresolved issues hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards a happier, healthier relationship. 

All About Therapy Intensives

Benefits of therapy intensives: 

  • Deep Dive: A Therapy Intensive allows you to process trauma, improve your relationship with yourself or your partner, and is free from the limitations of weekly sessions. It is unhurried, focused, committed time. 

  • Flexibility: Balancing work and life is tough; frequent therapy sessions don't always fit. An intensive offers you the freedom to pursue healing on your terms. In this way you can skip the waitlists and difficulties with scheduling weekly or biweekly therapy.  

  • Accelerated Growth: Through an intensive therapy session, you can fast-track your progress, achieving breakthroughs in less time while still managing daily responsibilities effectively. 

Who Therapy Intensives are for: 

  • Intensives are great for busy and motivated people who may not have time for weekly or bi-weekly therapy, but want to see progress sooner rather than later.

  • True to Off the Beaten Path's roots, this style of therapy is for those who are ready for a change of approach; something different than the traditional model of therapy. 

  • Intensive sessions appeal to individuals seeking efficiency in their lives; those who demonstrate conscientiousness in their readiness for change.

Therapy Intensives

Therapy Intensives are not:

  • A Quick Fix: While intensives are often great for seeing benefits sooner than weekly or biweekly appointments allow, they are not designed to clear all past pains or traumas.

  • For those in crisis: Intensives require prolonged and concentrated emotional engagement, which can overwhelm individuals already in crisis, potentially exacerbating their distress rather than providing immediate relief.

Therapy Intensives in Airdrie

What are the advantages of intensive therapy in terms of cost-effectiveness and time efficiency compared to weekly therapy?

In a typical weekly therapy session, the structure often involves approximately:

  • 10-15 minutes update

  • 20-30 minutes for therapeutic work

  • 10-15 minutes to wrap up the session 

This routine might go on for about a month, costing roughly $880 for four weekly sessions. But, things in life often pop up between sessions, changing what we talk about and how we do therapy.


So, weekly therapy could end up taking a few months ($880 * multiple months) costing more as we go along, without necessarily fixing the problems bothering you right away.

With a Therapy Intensive,

the structure often involves approximately:

  • 10-15 minute chat to catch up and figure out what we're focusing on 

  • Dive into 160-210 minutes of deep therapeutic work

  • Followed by another 10-15 minutes to wrap things up

With this intensive approach, you could tackle one or multiple stressors in just half a day, costing between $1,452-$1859. Plus, since deep therapeutic processing is so effective, you're often getting more benefit than you'd get from traditional therapy sessions.

That means you're doing more work in less time, needing fewer therapy sessions overall. You'll start feeling better sooner, and you won't have to keep taking time off work or paying for childcare to make it to your sessions.

Therapy Intensive Outdoors in Nose Creek Park

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the fees for intensives?
    Intensive therapy services are considered a boutique, specialized service. Fees are reflective of the dedication, effort, and adaptability invested in your journey alongside intentional time with your therapist. Your intensive will foster deep processing and meaningful connections, ensuring every moment is purposefully dedicated to your growth and well-being. Intensives are tailored to maximize value for you as our client, and therefore, fees vary based on your unique plan. As a general estimate, however, you can expect: 1-Day Intensive: Between $1452-$1859 (approx. 5 - 7 hours) 2-Day Intensive: Between $2244-$2717 (approx. 8-10 hours) 3-Day Intensive: Between $3036-$3553 (approx. 11-13 hours) Upon booking, we will reserve your intensive dates for one week. To secure your reservation, we require completion of paperwork in the client portal and a non-refundable deposit equal to half the total cost of your intensive.
  • Will insurance cover any of the costs of a therapy intensive?
    Coverage for intensive therapy services can vary depending on your insurance provider. Many insurance providers offer reimbursement for psychological services, but it's essential to understand the specifics of your policy beforehand. This includes knowing what benefits are available and whether your insurance covers multiple hours of therapy within a single day or week. We direct bill for those who have Alberta Blue Cross or Medavie, but otherwise do not direct bill. We encourage you to reach out to these providers directly to confirm your coverage. Regardless of your insurance provider, you are responsible for the total cost of the intensive services. Rest assured, we'll provide detailed receipts outlining the dates and hours of psychological services, as well as who participated in the sessions. If you need further assistance navigating insurance, we're here to support you every step of the way.
  • What does a therapy intensive include?
    First we will have a 20-30 minute complimentary consult call to ensure good fit, answer any questions you might have, and explain the process. Next we will schedule an intake session (60-90 minutes), where we will prepare for the intensive by learning more about you, co-create goals for the work together, and go over the paperwork. We will then complete the extended sessions together (2-4 hours) based on the schedule we determine. Breaks are important for everyone. This is hard work, and honouring our nervous system's will be an important part of the process. We will work together to determine when breaks are needed. Finally, there will be a closure and integration session (1 hour), which may be on the same day or a different day.
  • What does a typical schedule look like for a therapy intensive?
    The scheduling for your therapy intensive is tailored to accommodate your identified goals. At the time of booking, we'll work together to create a flexible schedule that allows for adjustments as necessary, such as longer breaks if needed. Intake and individual sessions (when working with a couple) may be scheduled on separate days. Here's an general guideline of what to expect: ONE DAY INTENSIVE 9-10am: Intake 10-12pm: Session (may be broken into 2 - 1 hour individual sessions with a couple) 12-1pm: Break 1-3pm: Session 3-4pm: Break 4-5pm: Session TWO DAY INTENSIVE First Day 9-10am: Intake 10-12pm: Session 12-1pm: Break 1-3pm: Session Day Two 10am-12pm: Session 12-2pm: Break 2-4pm: Session This is an example of a schedule which is designed to offer a comprehensive and supportive environment for your therapeutic journey.
  • I like that Off the Beaten Path has a choice of settings, including in the office and outside. Can I incorporate the outdoors during my intensive therapy session?
    Absolutely! In fact, integrating your learning and insights by going for a walk outdoors during the session is a highly effective strategy for getting the most out of your intensive therapy session.
  • Is this an evidence-based or researched approach of therapy?
    Intensive therapy, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), is firmly grounded in research, as evidenced by several scholarly articles. Mazzoni, Galletti, and Masin (2018) conducted a randomized controlled trial demonstrating the efficacy of intensive EMDR in treating patients with complex trauma symptoms. Similarly, Shapiro and Laliotis (2017) discussed the adaptive information processing model, which underpins EMDR therapy, emphasizing its integrative treatment approach. Additionally, Schubert and Lee (2017) explored the correlation between adult attachment and response to EMDR treatment for PTSD in individuals exposed to childhood trauma. Valiente-Gómez et al. (2014) conducted a systematic literature review highlighting the effectiveness of EMDR beyond PTSD, showcasing its broad applicability. These studies collectively support the empirical basis of intensive therapy approaches like EMDR, providing compelling evidence for its efficacy in addressing various psychological concerns.
  • What happens if I complete a therapy intensive and would like to see what's next?
    Following a therapy intensive, you and your therapist will collaborate to craft a tailored transition plan, which may include continued individual sessions, scheduling more intensives, seeking referrals, or exploring additional services.
  • How do we get started?
    Getting started is designed to be easy and relaxed. We begin with a complimentary 20-30 minute consultation where we can meet and make sure it is a good fit. It's also a chance to explore if an Intensive is the right fit for where you are in your life. If we feel like it's a good match, we'll schedule your Intensive. After that, we'll send over some prep materials for you to complete within a week of booking. It's a smooth and simple process, and we're here to guide you.
Itensive Schedule

How to Prepare for a Therapy Intensive


Schedule a consultation to see if this might be right for you

During our consultation call, we will set clear goals and expectations for our time together ahead of time. It will be important for you to plan for this to be a, dare we say, intense day.


Book the sessions and complete your paperwork. 

Once your sessions are booked, you will receive calendar bookings along with invitations to complete questionnaires and paperwork that ensures that we can get right to it. You will be required to save your credit card on Jane and Square, and pay a 50% deposit in order to hold your booking. 


Prepare for your intensive sessions.

Gather and bring any necessary items such as journals, medication, and comfortable clothing or comfort items. Set aside the time: We recommend taking the full day off of work, and perhaps the following day. It is helpful to tell the important people in your life that you may be like a fragile parcel when you arrive home and you will need a handle-with-care approach.

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