WHAKAORA GROUP THERAPY FAQS
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What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective approach to psychotherapy that accelerates the treatment of a wide range of pathologies and self-esteem issues related to upsetting past traumatic events and present life conditions. Since 2013, EMDR is one of two treatments recommended by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of trauma related problems such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
What symptoms does EMDR treat?
EMDR is effective in helping reduce common symptoms including sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating, flashbacks, nightmares and hyper-alertness. Often, these are only the tip of the iceberg of changes resulting from traumatic events.
What are EMDR group interventions?
EMDR group interventions, like individual EMDR, can reactivate the brain’s innate healing system if it has been overwhelmed. EMDR group work does not require participants to talk about the disturbing events during the group session. Voluntary sharing of positive aspects about a person’s life and the future they hope for is encouraged, but not the traumatic event itself.
How do EMDR groups work?
Two trained EMDR group facilitators provide a structured and safe therapeutic environment. Groups are conducted online or in-person and follow a structured format. Participants are asked to complete their worksheet during the group session. Please have your worksheet printed out and ready to go before the session begins. Don’t forget markers, crayons, pens, or pencils.
What does it do?
The intention of an EMDR group session is to create balance, control, and the ability to deal with the next challenge ahead following a traumatic event. The session can help to prevent complications and build resilience, aiding your natural recovery process. Group EMDR is designed to be preventative – addressing accumulative stress symptoms and acute stress reactions before there is potential for more severe trauma related disorders to develop – such as PTSD.
Do I have to talk about my trauma during an EMDR group?
There is no discussion of the traumatic event or any associated events during group EMDR sessions.
What is the evidence base?
Group EMDR originated from disaster management situations such as humanitarian and natural disasters. It has a diverse evidence base supporting its efficacy and effectiveness for reducing symptoms of accumulative stress, acute stress, and traumatic stress disorders. It is now used around the world in a variety of humanitarian aid contexts.
When should I attend an EMDR group?
Early EMDR interventions are shown in research to reduce current suffering, as well as prevent a later onset of more severe difficulties. Participants who have experienced recent traumas can benefit just as much as those who have experienced traumas years ago.
What if I need more help after group EMDR?
You may have access to EAP counselling through your employer. Contact your manager if you need more information. You can also seek support via your GP or local mental health team. You can always call or text 1737 to speak with a trained counsellor at any time.