02 May What Is IEMT?
What is IEMT? How can IEMT help you overcome trauma?
IEMT – Integral Eye Movement Therapy is effective change work – that works swiftly to de-charge negative memories, reduce negative emotions, post traumatic stress and work on disempowered ideas around identity. IEMT essentially works as the client holds the problem and its imagery in mind whilst being led to move the eyes in different directions – (along the axes of how we process information). This brief and simple method can lead to rapid release and relief. IEMT tends to work very well for trauma, phobias, anxiety, depression and feeling over-reactive. IEMT often succeeds in bringing positive change where traditional therapy has not worked.
Feeling both more calm and more empowered after sessions, my clients have been surprised at how effective IEMT has been for clearing the grip past trauma has had over their lives. We’ve also worked successfully on lessening anxiety over both current and anticipated situations, tricky relationships, and feeling more able to step out of victimhood, to focus on creating more of what they want in their lives. I’ve facilitated change using IEMT on adults and children who have been; victims of sexual abuse, domestic abuse, attacks and victims of terrorist attacks.
“My daughter was feeling suicidal after a sexual assault. Nicole helped her with such sensitivity and understanding, made her feel safe and calm. She explained what she was going to do, without asking her to give uncomfortable details and from one IEMT session my daughter lightened, for the first time she slept deeply through the night and she started smiling again. Thank you”- Liz
IEMT has been widely used in the military to alleviate suffering of post traumatic stress – I don’t like using the word ‘disorder’ as it is natural that having witnessed or experienced traumatic incidences would cause upset! IEMT sessions are offered through UK based charity – Save Our Soldier. Please note IEMT is change work not ongoing counselling support.
IEMT can also help to identify and then work on the common patterns behind why people may have been stuck in their problems (using the 5 patterns of chronicity). It is perfect for sensitive issues as there is no requirement to disclose content (any specific uncomfortable details) unlike in some other methods. IEMT is a straightforward process and the notable difference in the negative feelings created by problems are first quantified and labeled by the client as personal to them as then the results re-calibrated after applying IEMT.
IEMT addresses and resolves the question: “How did this person learn to feel this way about this thing?” then working on the early memories that are causing the patterns of emotional responses that may be preventing a person from living fully. By dealing with an imprint often from childhood, freedom can occur from a pattern of negative echoes throughout one’s life that have been because X has meant Y emotionally and if A happens B will always follow. It can be very liberating. Working with root causes is the best way to say goodbye to disempowerment then using affirmations and taking new actions can create new positive behaviours to live happier.
Origins of IEMT
The technique stemmed from the observation of a number of neurological phenomena that occur during the eye movements at the point that the problematic imagery changed its emotional coding.
Andrew T. Austin developed a method of a specific set of applications of this phenomenon – ‘Integral Eye Movement Technique’ (IEMT) and found he could address areas that EMDR hadn’t been effective on -EMDR was created back in the 1980s.
Andrew T. Austin continued to develop the use of IEMT on neurological imprints – specifically, emotional imprints and imprints of identity. He is dedicated to evolving this work and maintaining high standards in the training of IEMT, which has facilitated welcome change and ease for people to overcome anxiety, depression, phobias and more all across the world.
Thank you for reading. I hope you found this interesting and please be in touch if I can help you.