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Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Retreat

October 7, 2022 - October 28, 2022

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The EMDR Intensive retreat is designed to offer individuals or loved ones dealing with trauma an opportunity to heal in beautiful Southern Vermont.  The length of the retreat can vary from one day to several days and will be determined by the needs identified in the initial consultation and assessment meeting.


What is EMDR?

EMDR is a client centered therapeutic approach that focuses on traumatic memory processing. Trained EMDR Clinicians utilize techniques that guide patients to bring attention to traumatic memory or negative cognition(s) while the bilateral stimulation is employed.


The goal

To reduce the persisting psychological impacts caused by traumatic memory through modifying how the memory is stored. The length of the retreat can vary in length from one to several days and will be determined by the needs identified in the initial consultation and assessment meeting.


Who would benefit?

Appropriateness for the intensive therapy retreat will be determined during this time. Intensive therapy is intended to work as a powerful complement to traditional therapy. It should not be viewed as a “quick fix” for complex issues nor as a standalone substitute for other therapies.   People who benefit most from intensive therapy typically have a history of some success in traditional therapy prior to the intensive. All participants in intensive therapy are expected to have an aftercare plan that includes follow up with a qualified therapist.

A person may be appropriate for intensive therapy if some of the following are true:

  • Supportive relationships with at least two friends, family members or partners.
  • Generally safe and stable life situation (not experiencing homelessness nor in an abusive home or workplace).
  • Some understanding and practice of self-care and personal wellness.
  • Some history of success with traditional therapy including assessment and current, verifiable diagnosis(es).
  • Some ability to tolerate intense emotional states.
  • Desire to develop self-awareness and insight.

A person may not be appropriate for intensive therapy if some of the following are true:

  • Certain types/ levels of dissociation.
  • Current unhealthy, uncontrolled drug or alcohol use.
  • Untreated personality disorder or volatile personality.
  • Current or recent suicidal intention, planning or attempt.
  • Self-harm or drug use as a current, recent or likely response to overwhelming emotional intensity.
  • In the midst of a current distressing life event (examples include: a contentious divorce, abusive relationship or criminal trial).
  • No prior experience with counseling or psychotherapy.


To get started

In the initial consultation and assessment meeting, you will meet with a licensed clinician through United Counseling Service’s FAST (Find Access to Service and Treatment) team who will provide information about the program and review your mental health concerns, history of treatment, current life situation and supports as well as your hopes and goals for treatment. You will complete screenings for anxiety, depression, domestic violence, PTSD, disassociation or social thinking. The FAST team is there to answer any questions you may have.

The initial consultation is $360 and total cost will be determined after the consultation. Private insurance is currently not accepted.


Meet the team

A woman wearing glasses and smiling. Her hair is pulled back and she is wearing a gold necklace.Marisa Turner, LMSW

Marisa is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). She graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from Simmons University in Boston, MA and is currently an outpatient clinician at United Counseling Service. She also works with residents at a UCS developmental services group home.

With clients, Marisa employs a host of modalities including EMDR, CBT, DBT, narrative, solution-focused, mindfulness and open dialogue therapies. She has completed a number of trainings, a few of which are Basic Training in EMDR therapy, Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma and Cultural Competency.

Outside of the office, Marisa enjoys morning trail walks with her dog, lifting weights, playing volleyball with her family, eating good food and enjoying good company.

Keili Trottier smiling while looking at the camera. Her brown hair is pulled back and she is wearing a light purple lanyard and black sweater.Keili Trottier, LCMHC

Keili is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC).  She graduated with her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Union institute and university in 2007 and has worked in Mental Health since this time. She currently is an outpatient clinician at United Counseling Service. Keili is also a Vermont ARC trauma trainer and trained Resource Parent Curriculum Facilitator at United Counseling Service

Keili utilizes a host of Therapeutic modalities including EMDR, CBT, DBT, Solution focused, mindfulness, play therapy, and open dialogue in her work with clients she has completed several trainings and certifications including Basic training in EMDR therapy, Trauma-informed Practice Academy, Advanced Trauma Treatment of Children and Adolescents, Star Provider tier one and ARC trauma certification.

Outside of her professional life, Keili enjoys going on adventures with her family and pets, reading and writing, and exploring new types and flavors of food.

A woman with black hair smiles at the camera. She is wearing. Light pink scarf and a black blazer.Lori Vadakin, MA, LCMHC, LADC, EMDR Certified, EMDR Consultant

Lori is the Division Director of Community Rehabilitation and Treatment and Outpatient Mental Health Substance Use Treatment Services at United Counseling Service.

A graduate from Antioch New England Graduate School in November 1998. Lori is also an Equilateral therapist, providing Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Lori is certified as a Child Specialist and an EMDR Equilateral Therapist.

William Plath looks into the camera. Her is wearing a black jacket with a white shirt and pattern tie. He has black glasses on.William Plath

Bill is a LADC candidate. He graduated from Walden University with a Ph.D. in Alcohol/Substance Use Counseling in 2001. Presently, he is an outpatient as well as a blueprint clinician for United Counseling Service. Bill is a certified equine psycho-therapist. He utilizes EAP in conjunction with various therapeutic modalities which entail the following: EMDR, Rogerian, CBT, RET, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing.

Outside of the office, Bill enjoys time spent with his horse and friends at the stable.


October 7, 2022
October 28, 2022


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100 Ledge Hill Drive
Bennington, VT 05201 United States
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