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Whakaora is a psychological therapy programme available to clients throughout the motu. We are proud to offer sessions for anyone in New Zealand who wants to experience group EMDR therapy. We also work directly with employers to provide the highest quality care following a workplace incident. Whakaora is also available for clients with an established ACC Sensitive Claim.

For everyone, our goal is to improve the accessibility of EMDR therapy to clients who want to recover quickly from trauma. Whakaora is led by three experienced clinical psychologists and follows the evidence-based EMDR group protocol. We believe that group therapy is the means to achieve unity, and our goal is to whiria te tāngata, or to weave the people together. We look forward to working with you.

For employers, Whakaora is offering an evidence-based, clinically validated programme that supports employee mental health with actual therapy, delivered effectively and efficiently by clinical psychologists. We have made our data public, including before, during, and after treatment measures to back up the service that we provide. We are flexible, offering effective treatment in-person or online, anywhere in the country. We are also ready to respond expediently to crisis events, preventing the development of posttraumatic symptoms.

For our friends and neighbours, we have been involved with helping Kiwis recover from many of the large-scale events that have impacted Aotearoa recently. We are proud to support Trauma Aid Aotearoa in their mahi of bringing EMDR to all.

For our colleagues, we were honoured to present at the 2022 and 2023 EMDR New Zealand conferences and again at the 2023 APS NZPsS Member Symposium, and you can watch our presentations here. We also had a chance to share our mahi with the TEP IN New Zealand symposium, and we are grateful for the support of our international colleagues. We are anticipating several more presentations and public events in 2024, feel free to contact us if you'd like to talk about how we can help you.

Here's what our alumni have to say about their experiences with Whakaora. If you'd like to learn more, why not join our next session?

After attending Whakaora, I am coping and managing better with every day and stressful situations.

EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy, rather than focusing on changing the emotions, thoughts, or behaviours resulting from the distressing issue, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process.

Learn more about EMDR group therapy and how we can come together to heal.

Nishtha Saini, Ananda Sleeman, and Dr. Chris Neuenfeldt are the facilitators for Whakaora. Learn more about them here.

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