Recent research supports the effectiveness of “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing”.
Although not the same process, IEMT – Integral Eye Movement Technique as the name implies, involve eye movements but we move the eyes through 3 axes rather than just the one as in EMDR. The desired outcome is nonetheless the same – to relieve the client of a past traumatic event. In IEMT we tend not to focus on the memory per se but the emotion attached or surrounding the event and as such the client doesn’t have to go through the pain of re-telling the story which we find only reinforces the trauma anyway so why encourage it?
We also investigate the client’s coping mechanisms and the behaviours built up around their past events, challenging them as to their usefulness and look at ways the client could do things differently.
Our approach is radically different from EMDR but yes we do move the eyes around as well!