The Major Differences Between
IEMT and EMDR

As defined by and with thanks to Andrew T. Austin:


IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy)

  • Is a model built around addressing and resolving The 5 Patterns of Chronicity
  • Has applications in resolving PTSD
  • Traumatic imagery is largely irrelevant to the process
  • Addresses imprints of emotion for creating kinaesthetic change
  • Addresses imprints of identity for creating change in self concept
  • Uses eye movement as the dominant mechanism for change
  • By design readily creates introspection and an alpha state with free floating imagery
  • Prior qualification is not necessary for training in IEMT
  • Developed from an original idea from Steve and Connirae Andreas by Andrew T. Austin


EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)

  • Is a model built around resolving trauma
  • Is an application for resolving PTSD
  • Traumatic imagery is central to the work and the client is encouraged to “observe” trauma
  • Uses eye movement as well as tapping and alternating sounds
  • Utilises affirmations and positive belief statements
  • Developed from an original idea from John Grinder by Francine Shapiro
  • Only psychologists, medical professionals and medical professionals in training can be officially certified in EMDR ( for details please visit this link> http://www.emdria.org/?page=60 )

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