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What are EMDR G-TEP group interventions?

EMDR group interventions, like individual EMDR, can reactivate the brain’s innate healing system if it has been overwhelmed. G-TEP works to reduce trauma symptoms, so that the task of adjusting to the new reality after the traumatic event can be mastered more easily.

Different to other group interventions, EMDR group work explicitly does not require participants to talk about the disturbing events during the group session. Voluntary sharing of positive aspects about a person’s life, the future they hope for is encouraged, but not the traumatic event itself.

How do G-TEP groups work?

Depending on the size of the group (typically from 2 to 12 participants) an EMDR trained group-leader, as well as support staff provide a structured and safe therapeutic environment. At least two group sessions are recommended and can be done on two consecutive days if needed.

What does it do? 

The intention of the G-TEP 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. G-TEP 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 a G-TEP group?

G-TEP is a gentle but powerful therapy – based on the Adaptive Information Processing Model of the Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). No discussion of the traumatic event or any associated events are made during the process. However, the events are addressed and desensitised during the session. While for most participants group sessions can be sufficient, some participants might also need individual sessions.

What can I expect? 

Potential participants will be screened ahead of the session to ensure G-TEP is appropriate for their needs. Anyone who may benefit from more intensive trauma support or further engagement with another area of the mental health service will be advised about options for further support. Strategies for self- regulation will be developed during the session – these can be transferred to use on a daily basis. 

Evidence base 

G-TEP 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.