EMDR Group Program

Introducing the Mindful Living
EMDR Group Program

Mindful Living is excited to present innovative and cutting-edge trauma treatment options, including our EMDR Group Program. EMDR in a group setting has been found to be highly effective, offering quicker relief and reduction, and in some cases, full resolution of trauma-related symptoms compared to traditional therapy methods (Kaptan, Dursun, Knowles, et al., 2021).

The Mindful Living EMDR group program is built upon the globally recognised ‘EMDR Integrative Group Treatment Protocol’ by Ignacio Jarero, with thoughtful adaptations to suit the unique needs of our clients.

What is the EMDR Group Program?

We offer two EMDR groups at Mindful Living, with each consisting of three 2-hour sessions on a weekly basis over the span of three weeks.

Group 1 – Foundations (3 weeks)

If you’re stepping into EMDR group therapy for the first time, the ‘Foundations’ group is designed for you. This group provides a supportive environment to learn practical tools for effectively coping with distressing emotions. You’ll also engage in EMDR procedures to reprocess one or more life memories, aiming to alleviate trauma symptoms and enhance your quality of life.

Group 2 – Next Steps (3 weeks)

After completing the ‘Foundations’ group, you may choose to engage in further group EMDR therapy. The ‘Next Steps’ group provides an opportunity to expand on the skills acquired in ‘Foundations’ and to undertake additional memory reprocessing using EMDR procedures. This process aims to further alleviate your trauma symptoms. The group also involves envisioning positive future scenarios through visualisation and bilateral tapping, to increase your confidence and sense of empowerment for your future.

The ‘Next Steps’ group can be repeated as desired, to provide continued support on your journey toward emotional well-being.

      How much personal information is disclosed during group sessions?

      During EMDR group therapy at Mindful Living, participants do not disclose details of their trauma memories to other group participants or the group facilitators. While verbal communication among group members is limited, engaging in an individual process in a group setting can be containing, supportive, and reduce feelings of isolation and stigma. If at any point during the group sessions you feel overwhelmed and need assistance, the group facilitators will be available to provide support and ensure your safety.

      Who offers EMDR Intensive Program at Mindful Living?

      We understand that choosing a group program is an investment in your healing, recovery, and well-being. The group programs at Mindful Living are delivered by experienced EMDR therapists in our team who have completed years of advanced training in EMDR therapy. Each group session is facilitated by two EMDR therapists to ensure that all group participants are safe and supported throughout the process.

      What are the benefits of an EMDR Group Program?

      Research shows that EMDR in a group format can effectively treat symptoms related to PTSD and other trauma-related conditions, offering you relief from symptoms such as:

      • Feeling on edge and easily startled
      • Intrusive thoughts and memories
      • Nightmares
      • Persistent negative feelings
      • Guilt, shame, or despair
      • Emotional numbing
      • Trauma-related physical symptoms such as headaches, migraines, pain without a medical cause, and digestive issues.

      EMDR therapy can also lead to improvements in your:

      • Day to day functioning
      • Mood and wellbeing
      • Relationships
      • Ability to focus
      • Clarity of thought
      • Insight into yourself and your life experiences

      Choosing an EMDR group program offers the potential for quicker relief from trauma symptoms, by avoiding extended waiting times for individual EMDR therapy. Additionally, EMDR group therapy presents a cost-effective means of accessing EMDR treatment. The groups provide a setting where experienced EMDR therapists can deliver EMDR therapy to multiple clients simultaneously, whilst ensuring safety for each client throughout the process.

      EMDR groups vs traditional EMDR therapy

      We understand that traditional one-to-one therapy may not be suitable or accessible for all people. This is why we offer EMDR Group Program at Mindful Living as an alternative option.

      Group sessions take place over three weeks with a longer duration of 120 minutes, compared to standard 50-minute therapy sessions. This is designed to provide you with a contained, focused therapy experience. Unlike traditional therapy, where you might discuss daily struggles, practice therapeutic strategies, and address ongoing issues between sessions, the Mindful Living EMDR group program is tailored to progress through the different phases of EMDR processing, to facilitate quicker resolution of your trauma.

      In standard EMDR Therapy sessions, the therapist is aware of what you are reprocessing, whereas in group EMDR Therapy, the group facilitators will be unaware of the specific memories you are working through. Regardless of the therapy format—individual or group—guidance and support is available for you throughout the process.

      Is EMDR Therapy used just to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

      EMDR is a versatile and effective therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health conditions and life difficulties that have resulted from painful life experiences in childhood, adolescence, or adulthood.

      In addition to treating PTSD and trauma-related symptoms, EMDR can also be used to treat anxiety, phobias, depression, traumatic grief, addictions, chronic pain, and other life issues. Our experienced clinicians are trained to use EMDR to help you recover from these and other clinical problems, allowing you to live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

      GROUP DATES & COST

      Our next scheduled group is:

      Dates: Tuesday 27th February 2024, Tuesday 5th March 2024 and Tuesday 12th March 2024
      Time: 4.30pm to 6.30pm
      Location: 24-26 Dorset Road, Croydon, VIC
      Cost: $540

      If you have a current Mental Health Treatment Plan, you can access Medicare rebates for our EMDR group therapy sessions. To claim these rebates, you’ll need to ask your GP to provide a referral to our clinic for group therapy. After each of the three group sessions, you can receive a rebate of between $38.70 and $43.90, which totals between $116.10 and $131.30 for the entire program. Your out-of- pocket cost for the EMDR group therapy program will be between $408.70 and $423.90.

      IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE

      To schedule a 30-minute obligation-free, call with our Intake Clinician, please click the button below or contact our friendly Admin Team on 03 9688 8049.

      We want to ensure that a group program is the right therapy option for you at this time and can help to determine your suitability for the program. While group programs are an excellent treatment option, they may not be suitable for everyone.

      You can read more information about our EMDR Group Program, including fees, in our EMDR Group Info Booklet.

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