The EMDR Program

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is a treatment that is highly effective for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other psychological conditions. 

Who is the program for? 

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

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. 

During their 3-week inpatient admission, patients engage in individual treatment sessions each week and attend group sessions (Mondays - Fridays) that are aimed to support them through their trauma recovery journey.


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 a psychiatrist accredited with The Victoria Clinic. 

Your referral can be addressed to ‘Dear Doctor’ or to one of our accredited psychiatrists and faxed to Intake on 03 9521 7510.

Please click HERE for further information on the referral process.

How much does it cost?

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

We have agreements with Private Health Funds, DVA, WorkCover and TAC however, self-funding is also an option

Our Patient Services Staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have in relation to cost. Please call us on 03 9526 0258 to discuss your options.

More information?

  • Any questions regarding this program can be directed to our Intake Team on (03) 9526 0295
  • EMDR Inpatient Program - Click HERE for brochure


  • Inpatient Programs and services
    • Emotion Management Inpatient Program – Click HERE
    • General Inpatient Program – Click HERE
    • Schema Inpatient Program for complex Trauma – Click HERE
    • Electroconvulsive Therapy – Click HERE
    • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) – Click HERE

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