EMDR Group Therapy

EMDR Group Therapy

Kāpiti EMDR Centre is the home of EMDR Group Therapy Aotearoa. Our groups run on a regular basis throughout the year.

Group EMDR offers the benefits of both EMDR and group therapy. In addition to trauma reprocessing, the added resourcing, the opportunity to extend healing in a relational context and navigating future challenges are all covered in our two-part programme.

Our EMDR Group Therapy programme uses an evidence-based group protocol that has been specifically adapted for trauma survivors, including survivors of sexual violence. It is an individual process in a group context, which means there is no sharing of trauma event information in the groups, and each participant can reprocess one or two events safely and confidentially.


Part One Groups

Session One – Stabilisation Session

Resourcing and stabilisation in preparation for two EMDR sessions.

Session Two – EMDR Session

Session Three – EMDR Session


Part Two Groups (for participants who have completed one or more Part One group)

Session One – EMDR Session

Session Two – EMDR Session

Session Three – Future-focussed Session

Building on your existing strengths and resources to help you prepare for the future, including future challenges.


2024 Group Dates

  • February 16th, 23rd, March 1st, 10am-12pm **Part One**
  • April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 10am-12pm **Part Two**
  • June 7th, 14th, 21st, 10am-12pm **Part One**
  • August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 10am-12pm **Part Two**
  • September 6th, 13th, 20th, 10am-12pm **Part One**
  • October 11th, 18th, 25th **Part Two**
  • November 8th, 15th, 22nd, **Part One**

*Part Two Groups are for participants who have completed one or more EMDR Groups.

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EMDR Group Therapy FAQs

  • How many participants?

Keeping the groups small and relational is a key aspect of our EMDR Group Therapy. We limit each group to ten participants.

  • How many sessions?

Each group goes for three sessions, consisting of 2 hours per session. There are two to three facilitators for the process. We offer a two-part programme, so once you have completed a Part One, you are welcome to return and complete a Part Two.

  • What are the benefits of EMDR Group Therapy?

EMDR Group Therapy has been shown to reduce distress and PTSD symptoms from a recent or historical traumatic event. In addition to EMDR, participants will also gain grounding and stabilisation techniques to take into future challenging situations.

While it may take 8-12 individual EMDR sessions for one traumatic event to be reprocessed, the intensive-style longer group sessions allow for an accelerated process over 3 group sessions.

  • Do I have to share in the group?

The group EMDR process is set up so that each participant can process a traumatic event separately and confidentially. Each participant may be reprocessing a completely individual event, and the other participants do not know what others are reprocessing. There is no sharing of trauma event information in our groups.

  • How much do group sessions cost?

ACC Sensitive Claims participants are fully subsidised with an accepted claim. Participants who do not have an accepted ACC claim can self-refer. The cost is $150 + GST per group session. 

  • What’s the difference between a Part One and Part Two group?

Our Part One group focusses on stabilisation and resourcing, and preparation for two EMDR trauma reprocessing sessions. Our Part Two group begins with two EMDR reprocessing sessions, and concludes with a future-focussed session, to help resource you for future challenges and build on your existing strengths to take with you on your journey. 

  • Is there an online option?

There is an online option with prior approval.

  • Are all EMDR Therapy Groups the same programme?

EMDR Group Therapy Aotearoa offers the SVS EMDR Group Protocol, an adaptation of Shapiro’s Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP). SVS EMDR Group Therapy offers resourcing and future focussed sessions in addition to EMDR trauma reprocessing sessions. This EMDR Group Therapy model is not currently available anywhere else in Aotearoa. 

If your question isn’t answered here, please contact us and we’d be happy to help.