Welcome to EMDR Voices Therapy

Improving the quality of life for those living with the impact of trauma or emotional dysregulation and those who hear voices that are distressing.

Have you had problems accessing suitable help for distressing symptoms like emotional dysregulation?  Or hearing distressing voices? Or perhaps you are seeing someone and they have prescribed medication but it just isn’t doing enough for you? Or perhaps you just want to feel better and live a better quality of life? Then EMDR Voices Therapy could be just what you are looking for.

EMDR Voices Therapy is an evidence-based service run by Melanie White, an experienced and passionate nurse who recognised that many people were not able to get the therapy they need. Melanie understands the frustration and disappointment at the lack of available services that has resulted from poor funding for mental health. So she set out to address some of those needs with the latest evidence-based therapies for trauma and for people experiencing distress from hearing voices.

Melanie works from the philosophy that a person needs to feel safe before they can engage in any therapeutic or social activities. This starts with the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), a polyvagal approach designed to regulate the nervous system. You can read more about this here . This is offered to individuals via telehealth, or in groups that are held in person in Mona Vale.

Melanie’s clients fall into two main groups.  The first group have usually experienced some trauma in their life, and after the SSP they can benefit from the processing of distressing memories, the most likely cause of emotional dysregulation, through the use of EMDR and/or Flash. If you think this might be you, go here to read more about what is on offer.

The second group are the people who are distressed by hearing voices. You can read more about that here.

If you would like to discuss a program for yourself, or you are a GP considering referring your patients, or an NDIS plan manager wanting to know more about what we can provide for your clients, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. All services are offered privately and, depending on circumstances, through the NDIS. Clients who are unable to pay are seen through the Access Plus program. No discounts are given on fees except through this program where referral is made through the GP.

Our in-person groups are aimed at those people living on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, while our individual telehealth services are for people anywhere in Australia. Home visits can also be arranged for NDIS clients living on the Northern Beaches.

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Safe & Sound Protocol

This is where it all begins. Clients listen to acoustically altered music through headphones while being co-regulated by the therapist.  This leads to better emotional regulation and an improved ability to focus. The SSP is grounded in Polyvagal theory.

Trauma therapy

Using EMDR, clients are guided to process memories of distressing life experiences or traumas that continue to impact their lives, in a safe environment. Very little access to a memory is needed in order to process it, so there is less discomfort for the client than there is with other trauma therapies.

Voices Work

This capacity building approach assists individuals who are distressed by the voices that they hear to learn to live with the voices.  By understanding the purpose and the meaning of the voices, the voice hearer feels safer and more comfortable with having voices.

About Melanie R.N.

After working in community mental health services, Melanie experienced first-hand the unmet need for services for people who have experienced early trauma and those who experience distress from hearing voices that others can’t. Melanie’s wide-ranging professional experience as well as her own lived experience underlie an empathic, informed and human approach. Today, her service offers a combination of private and NDIS funded programs to clients based on the Northern Beaches of Sydney and all across Australia.