You’ve probably heard about IEMT and EMDR before. Both therapy forms can be very effective against severe emotional problems.

The thing is, however, that many people seem to confuse these therapy forms and eventually forget which one’s which.

Even though they have some similarities, they’re still quite different. In this article we’ll explain the difference between EMDR and IEMT.


A woman with light bulbs in here hand illuminating the difference between IEMT and EMDR therapy

What is IEMT?

IEMT stands for Integral Eye Movement Therapy. It has a reputation for achieving fast and lasting results against anxiety or phobia-related complaints. It also helps those who suddenly become emotional for unknown reasons.

During an IEMT session, the eyes are moved to make new connections in the brain. This way the emotional sensations (emotions) that suit the fear, phobia or emotion will be reduced or removed.

Sounds pretty crazy, right? In other words, IEMT helps to turn bad feelings into better ones. After all, a different and better feeling ensures that you can deal with the situation better.

When you experience traumatic images, for example, or when you suffer from recurring negative feelings (like depression, lifelessness or mental fatigue), IEMT could prove quite effective to reduce or eliminate these complains.


IEMT hypnosis integral eye movement therapy in practice

What is EMDR?

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Just like IEMT, EMDR also helps against traumatic experiences, such as traffic accidents, violence, or sexual abuse.

EMDR is especially helpful for people with PTSD or other trauma-related complaints. These complaints have arisen as a direct result of a concrete, negative event. Most of the time, thinking about this event evokes an emotional responses immediately.

To deal with the trauma, the event must be recalled. That sounds quite intense, I know. But don’t worry. The (hypno)therapists uses a distracting stimulus during the recalling. The hand of the therapist, for example.

The procedure stimulates a stream of thoughts and images, but sometimes also feelings and physical sensations. Changes already occur during the session itself. Afterwards, the client is asked to concentrate on the most striking change, after which a new set follows.


What is the difference between EMDR and IEMT?

The difference between EMDR and IEMT

As you may have already concluded yourself: Yes, the two therapy forms are very similar. There is one crucial difference, however:

During an IEMT session, the hypnotherapist hardly talks about the “the thing” (the traumatic experience one has had). This has proven to be very pleasant for most clients. The only thing the client needs to do is to keep thinking about what makes him / her feel bad. Afterwards, the images have lost their emotional impact and disappear into the background of your mind.

We made two seperate lists to make the distinguishes easily recognizable:

IEMT (Integral Eye Movement Therapy):

  • Has applications in resolving anxiety-related symptoms and unexplained emotions. Helps to turn nasty feelings into better feelings.
  • Traumatic images are not required.
  • There is little or no talk about the problem.
  • Uses eye movements as a mechanism for change
  • Focusing on creating kinesthetic changes and changes in the self-concept.
  • Prior qualifications are not required for the IEMT training.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

  • Is an application for solving PTSD and traumas.
  • Traumatic images are central. The client is encouraged to “observe” the trauma.
  • The trauma is fanned to arouse the emotion.
  • Uses eye movements, ticks and alternating sounds.
  • Shocking experiences are reduced or “removed” from the system.
  • Only psychologists and medical professionals are officially certified for EMDR.

Starting with EMDR of IEMT

Whether or not you wish to use one of these therapy forms is entirely up to you. If IEMT or EMDR sounds perfect for you, I’d recommend to find a good hypnotherapist in your area. Most regions have a few local ones in business.

In case you want to take control of your life from home, you can easily train your subconscious mind with relaxing yet effective Hypnosis MP3’s.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. I wish you all the best with your own journey of self-improvement. To retrieve positivity and joy again.

But above all, to love yourself.


Questions about the difference between IEMT and EMDR?

Do you have any questions about the difference between these two methods?

Iā€™m here to help. You can contact me by sending an email to info@hypnobuddy.com


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