Intensive Therapy Retreats in Auburn, CA
West Coast retreats are held in beautiful Auburn, California. This historical city is famed for the 1849 California Gold Rush. With a population of 14,000, Auburn is set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, 90 mins from Lake Tahoe.
Individuals and couples may wish to take advantage of the many recreational activities available. Auburn’s historic past is largely due to its role as a Wild West town on the Wells Fargo stage coach route. Auburn is also the Endurance Capital of the world, with some of the best hiking, running, cycling and horseback riding trails in California on our doorstep. Maps can be obtained at the Auburn Visitors Center one block from our office.
Additional supportive treatments such as Therapeutic Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Guided Labyrinth Meditations and Forest Bathing walks are available in Auburn as adjuncts to the intensive retreat. We are happy to provide contacts for these resources upon request.
Therapists in Auburn:
From Sacramento International Airport: 1 hr drive NE
From Sacramento Executive Airport: 1 hr drive NE
From San Francisco International Airport: 2.5 hr drive NE
Why a Retreat Instead of Weekly Therapy?
Heal from trauma and get back on track in days, not months or years.
Scientifically-proven therapy for trauma to process past experiences.
Studies show that progress continues even after returning home.
Your Retreat Space
Our office is located within walking distance to historic downtown Auburn and offers complete privacy and security during your retreat.
Auburn, CA Retreat Location
Trauma vs Complex Trauma
Jordan's Professional Background
The Intensive Therapy Model
Client EMDR Experiences
Are Benefits Long Lasting?
Coordinating with My Therapist
A Typical Retreat Day
I have been meaning to tell you how valuable our sessions are to me daily. I had a horrific trauma the following week. The many things you guided me through were so helpful and still are. I am very grateful for your sharing your expertise, kindness, and boundless patience helping me.
My early life was riddled with sadistic trauma. It affected my sense of self and impacted all areas of my life. I spent decades in therapy doing hard work to not just survive, but to transcend what happened to me and enjoy the best semblance of a good and full life possible. I thought I’d arrived!
Then I retired, moved a thousand miles from where I’d lived my whole life, and the pandemic hit with its inherent isolation and messages of an unsafe world. Slowly at first, then like a high speed train, fear and hopelessness, and anger became a regular part of my life. I was devastated and sometimes on the farthest edges of safety. How could I’ve worked so hard, for so long, be so dedicated to healthy thinking and behavior, and now be falling apart?
My therapist and I worked hard, increased sessions, and did all each of us could conceive of to help me return to peace. Something had the work stymied. One day my therapist said, “I think you need more than we have been able to do; a different kind of intervention. I’m picturing something like a retreat or an intensive.” Solid in my intent to feel better and using the magic of the Internet, I found Jordan.
Right off the bat, Jordan understood my crippling psychical pain and assured me we could relieve it. I grilled him before committing and so did my therapist. We wanted to know if Jordan was safe and if he was “the real deal.” He was both and so much more.
Jordan’s prep work helped me look at the whole of what was challenging me and set priorities for the work. I identified two big trouble areas with several lesser issues. Jordan led me through trauma work with my past and my internal parts in an intensive setting of 6 hours a day for 5 days. The work was hard but not intolerable; parts of the work were actually gentle. My therapist bolstered my bravery for the work when she said, “There isn’t anything that you’ll remember/experience that you haven’t already survived.”
I’m still perplexed as to how IMTT and EMDR work … but they worked very well for me. My main goals for the week were met (and they were big!) and a few other issues got resolved too. Enough pressure released that I could return effectively to the work with my regular therapist and peace has a place in my life again. Jordan is a master guide to the work. I’d recommend him to family, friends … and you.
My first week back home I received a priceless gift in Dr. Hamilton; a brilliant, gifted master in the healing of trauma through Developmental Needs Meeting Strategies and EMDR. In my nearly three years with Dr. Hamilton, I formed a potent foundation of real adult resources within myself for me to constantly draw upon. I have adult nurturing skills, adult protective skills and a clear core spiritual self which puts the source of my healing within myself, away from involving others which distances me from codependence. By focusing on my recovering adult self of today and meeting the unmet needs of my wounded little boys in real time, I am re-parenting my self one snapshot at a time, literally healing many major wounds from my childhood. This healing allows me to progress in the healthy development I didn’t get from my biological parents so many years ago.
I have closed my eyes and seen back in time: weeks, months, years, decades; back to when I was very young, at my conception and then before I even existed in this world. I was pure light and energy then and so my goodness springs from that spiritual purity. Internalizing my sense that I am clean and valuable without earning it frees me from relying on others to provide my sense of self and worth. There is a clear boundary between myself and others, creating safety and peace for me, empowering me the find highest and best for me.
I really believe in the laws of attraction and somehow at the depths of my descent into hell the universe provided me with people who were capable of helping me find my way. But only if I was willing to do the difficult and painful work.
The Meadows was my first awakening to light; the first genuine look at my life and my counselors there were adept at bringing it all to the surface while pointing me in the direction of long term recovery.
My psychologist, Dr. Jordan Hamilton, could not have been a better match. He gently, firmly and tenaciously led me to the roots of my self and my pain and back through to a goal that most therapists do not do: healing and beyond. His agenda was not perpetual 50 minute rap sessions that ended with more questions and a vague flicker of hope, but rather repairing the damage to the fabric of my life, one mosaic patch after the other. Each time we met was action and tangible progress.
Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy is just that: meeting my needs which were not met before, allowing me to develop into wholeness and move beyond the roadblocks of trauma and resulting dysfunction. He is an expert in DNMS and EMDR protocol and I am eternally grateful for his intuition, keen insight, sensitivity and sheer brilliance.
I can’t begin to thank you enough for all the help you have given to me. I feel so much better and lighter. You are very good at what you do! Thanks tons.
As a career Public Safety Chaplain for over 25 years, I have had the opportunity to make numerous referrals to Dr. Jordan Hamilton, Ph.D. for those public safety professionals and family members who need a specific standard of care that I recognized he could provide. Those who have received treatment or therapy through his practice have, in their own words, been incredibly impressed with his professional demeanor and treatment plans. My personal and professional endorsement of Dr. Hamilton could not be more highly stated. His knowledge, skills, experience and abilities are exceptional.
I recommend Dr. Hamilton. He’s highly knowledgeable, compassionate and has a wonderfully gentle sense of humor. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from others as well.
I am a physician specializing in mood disorders with practices in Roseville, Folsom and Yuba City. I have been referring my patients to Dr. Hamilton for over fifteen years. Without exception, every one of my patients have been helped and have had nothing but the highest opinions of both of these exceptional psychotherapists. He has been of immense assistance to my most complicated patients when medications alone have been insufficient to remit their myriad symptoms and difficulties. He has been very helpful in identifying and addressing the things that patients deal with in their lives that impede recovery, those life events and stressors that we physicians often miss in our medical – pharmacological approach to depression and anxiety disorders.
Moreover, there are too many to count instances where Dr. Hamilton’s insight has been pivotal in helping me to establish a more accurate diagnosis in complicated mood disorder patients. Likewise, I’ve been honored to consult with him on many of his patients who he accurately and quickly recognized as having a mood disorder for which psychotherapy plus medications would be the most effective treatment strategy to achieve full recovery.
It is an invaluable quality in a psychotherapist to recognize psychiatric disorders that require medical treatment as well as psychotherapy to achieve stabilization and resolution. You can be assured that Dr. Hamilton will treat you with the utmost care, compassion and competence. Without reservation he receives my highest recommendations!
Dr. Hamilton is a gifted psychologist who has tremendous compassion and expertise when working with individuals, couples and families. I highly recommend his center for anyone needing help with individual, family, child or couples issues.
I have known Dr. Hamilton for 35 years. He has consistently shown himself to be a man of integrity and compassion. Not only is he very competent in his profession, but he is skilled in walking step by step with his patients, showing them the path needed for their healing. I am proud to be his colleague.