We repeat, what we don’t repair
Both EMDR and IEMT are considered to be relatively short-term therapies and are used to help individuals with a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, phobias, and PTSD.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of psychotherapy that was originally developed to treat individuals who have experienced traumatic events such as physical or sexual abuse, combat, or natural disasters. It uses elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy along with bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements, taps or tones, to help individuals process traumatic memories and reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions such as anxiety and depression.
IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy) is a therapy method that is based on EMDR and developed by Andrew T. Austin, a UK-based therapist. It is a method for resolving negative thoughts, emotions, and memories that are causing problems in an individual's life. Like EMDR, IEMT uses elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy and bilateral stimulation, but it places more emphasis on the use of specific language patterns to help clients reframe and change the way they think about the memory.
How EMDR/IEMT works
EMDR therapy involves the client recalling a traumatic event while the therapist guides the client through different types of bilateral stimulation. The therapist will ask the client to focus on the traumatic memory while simultaneously following the therapist's finger or a light as it moves back and forth in front of the client's eyes. The therapist may also use other forms of bilateral stimulation such as sound or taps on the client's knees. The idea behind this is that the bilateral stimulation helps to activate the brain's natural healing process, allowing the client to process and integrate the traumatic memory.
The process of IEMT typically involves the therapist asking the client to focus on a specific negative thought or memory while guiding them through different types of bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements. The therapist will also use specific language patterns to help the client to reframe and change the way they think about the memory.
It is important to note that EMDR is not a treatment for everyone, and it should only be used by trained and certified EMDR/IEMT therapists.
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