The EMDR Program

Who is the program for? 

The EMDR Program is a specialised program for patients who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties. EMDR is a well-researched trauma treatment model 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.

How does it work? 

EMDR Therapy is a psychological treatment based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours stem from unprocessed memories of stressful or traumatic experiences. The structured treatment focuses 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. 

The EMDR Program requires a 4-week admission that includes individual and group treatment components. Patients see their EMDR Therapist for three 60-minute sessions each week, a total of 12 EMDR sessions per admission. Patients also attend daily group therapy sessions, Monday to Friday.

How will it help me? 

EMDR Therapy is believed to disrupt working memory and mimic the natural memory processing characteristics of sleep, thus facilitating the brain to successfully process a memory or issue. Once traumatic memories have been desensitised 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.

While EMDR Therapy was originally developed for PTSD, research is continuing to support its application to a range of other psychological issues, including:

  • Anxiety    
  • Chronic pain
  • Complicated grief
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Panic Attacks
  • Personality disorders
  • Phobias    

How do I access the program?

Referral to the EMDR Program can only be made by an accredited TMC Psychiatrist. A referral letter can be faxed to The Melbourne Clinic’s Intake service for triage. The fax number for intake is (03) 9420 9351  

Please click HERE for further details on the referral process 

More information

  • What is EMDR Therapy – Click HERE for information flyer   
  • Inpatient EMDR Program - Click HERE for brochure  
  • Outreach Services – Click HERE 

Any questions regarding this program can be directed to:

Emily Hoskin
EMDR Program Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9487 4693


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