Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Inpatient Programs

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy is a psychological treatment highly effective in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other psychological conditions. 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 (WHO) 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.

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   

The Melbourne Clinic offers three separate programs for EMDR therapy. Please click on the tabs below to read more about the available programs.

Who is this program for?

This program is a specialised program for patients who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties.

What can I expect?

This EMDR Program requires a four-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.

More information?

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

Who is the program for?

This program is a specialised program for patients who are suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related difficulties.

What can I expect?

Our EMDR-intensive is a two-week admission that includes individual and group treatment components. Patients receive a total of ten 60-minute sessions with their EMDR therapist over the course of the 2-week inpatient program.

In addition to these sessions patients will also attend daily skills groups from Monday to Friday, as well as two 30-minute individual sessions per week. Skills groups will focus on movement, psycho-education, and support.

More information?

  • What is EMDR Therapy – Click HERE for information flyer
  • Outreach Services – Click HERE

Who is the program for?

EMDR for Emergency Service Workers (ESW) inpatient program provides best practice treatment for emergency service workers who have symptoms of PTSD. This program is suitable for previous or current emergency workers experiencing PTSD or other trauma-related difficulties.

Emergency Service Workers awaiting admission to the EMDR Program are required to attend 2 appointments with the EMDR intake clinicians for screening and a pre-admission appointment (via Zoom).

What can I expect?

The EMDR for ESW is a two-week inpatient admission that includes individual and group treatment components. Patients receive a total of ten 60-minute sessions with their EMDR therapist over the course of the 2-week inpatient program.

In addition to these sessions patients will also attend daily skills groups from Monday to Friday, as well as two 30-minute individual sessions per week. Skills groups will focus on movement, psycho-education, and support.

More information?

  • What is EMDR Therapy – Click HERE for information flyer
  • Outreach Services – Click HERE

When do these programs run?

All three EMDR programs run at designated times throughout the year.

Please call (03) 9420 9340 to find out the next admission date.

How do I access the program?

Admission to the EMDR Programs requires a referral from a psychiatrist accredited with The Melbourne Clinic.  

Your GP can refer you for an initial consultation by addressing a referral to ‘Dear Doctor’, or to one of our accredited psychiatrists.

The fax number for intake is (03) 9420 9351  

Please click HERE for our Specialist Directory and referral process.

How much does it cost?

All referrals are subject to a health fund check prior to admission or commencing a program.

Your inpatient stay is generally covered by private health insurance or by Workcover, DVA and TAC. Self-funding is also an option.

Please call us to discuss any questions you may have in relation to cost.

More information?

Any further questions regarding the program can be directed to:

Emily Hoskin
EMDR Program Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9487 4693
Email: tmc.emdr@healthscope.com.au
 

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