The EMDR Program
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
The EMDR Program at The Victoria Clinic is a specialized inpatient trauma program. It is open to 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.
During their 4-week inpatient admission, patients engage in 3 individual treatment sessions each week and attend group sessions (Mondays - Fridays) that are aimed to support them through their trauma recovery journey.
What is EMDR Therapy?
EMDR Therapy is a psychological treatment that is highly effective for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as other psychological conditions. It is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours stem from unprocessed memories from stressful or traumatic experiences. It is a structured treatment that facilitates the brain to successfully process a traumatic memory or issue. It 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. In EMDR Therapy the client is fully awake, alert and in control at all times during sessions.
Once the traumatic memory or 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 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