The EMDR Program

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.

The EMDR Program at The Victoria Clinic is a specialised inpatient trauma program. Based in Melbourne, it 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 on 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.

Patients engage in twice weekly individual and trauma-informed group sessions during their 4-week inpatient stay.

What is EMDR Therapy?

EMDR Therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour stem from unprocessed memories from stressful or traumatic experiences. It 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 simulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye-movements. This is believed to mimic the natural memory processing characteristics of rapid eye movement or REM sleep; thus facilitating the brain to successfully process a memory or issue. Once the traumatic memory or 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.

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:

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


All referrals are directed to The Victoria Clinic intake, who will triage the referral.

Any questions regarding this program can be directed to:
Dr David Voon
EMDR Program Coordinator
Phone: 03 9526 0295


The Victoria Clinic EMDR Program Information Sheet

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