The EMDR Program
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
The EMDR Program at The Melbourne Clinic is a specialised trauma program and the first inpatient EMDR program to be offered in Victoria. This program is open to patients who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties. It is suitable for such patients who would benefit from the structure and support of an inpatient admission in order to safely and effectively engage in trauma processing through EMDR Therapy. EMDR is one of the most well researched trauma treatment models and has been shown to be effective in over 25 randomised control studies. It is endorsed by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of PTSD.
EMDR inpatient admissions span 4 weeks and patients are admitted on the last weekend of each month. Patients engage in twice weekly 90 minute individual EMDR treatment and attend daily group therapy sessions (Monday-Friday). The EMDR group timetable is holistic and trauma-informed.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR Therapy is a psychological treatment that is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours stem from unprocessed memories from stressful or traumatic experiences. EMDR Therapy is a structured treatment that involves focusing simultaneously on a) an upsetting issue or traumatic memory and its associated thoughts, feelings and sensations, and b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. This is believed to mimic the natural memory processing characteristics of REM sleep and disrupt working memory, thus facilitating the brain to successfully process a memory or issue. Once traumatic memories have been desensitized and reprocessed, they no longer have the same negative impact. Memories typically become less vivid and upsetting, intrusive symptoms such as nightmares and flashbacks reduce or cease, and more adaptive beliefs emerge.
Who could benefit from EMDR Therapy?
While EMDR Therapy was originally developed for PTSD, research is continuing to support its application to a range of other psychological issues, including:
- Panic Attacks
- Personality disorders
- Complicated grief
- Chronic pain
- Eating disorders
All referrals are directed to The Melbourne Clinic intake, who will triage the referral.
Any questions regarding this program can be directed to:
EMDR Program Coordinator
Phone: 03 9487 4693