IEMT or Integral Eye Movement Therapy is a brief change work process that generates rapid change in the area of undesired emotional and identity imprints. The process of the technique answers the question, “How did the client learn to feel the way that they do about the thing that troubles them?”
By building resources inside the problem state, IEMT brings the client more into the present and enables the client to stay out of past negative experiences permanently.
Part of the structure of the IEMT model is the eliciting of specific behavioural responses from the client in order to create change. The behavioural responses that are elicited are the behaviours that make up the “Five Patterns of Chronicity.”
Change is brought about rapidly by challenging these patterns as they emerge as well as rectifying the emergent negative kinaesthetic and identity imprints.
Experience shows that such applications of eye movement therapies is particularly effective with regards to intrusive imagery and “flashback” phenomena. Essentially, the method involves holding the problematic imagery in mind whilst the eyes are moved in different directions. The result of this is often that the imagery loses its emotional impact and becomes far less disturbing.
Integral Eye Movement Therapy was originally developed out of Steve and Connirae Andreas’ model of Eye Movement Integration. This followed the observation of a number of neurological phenomena that occur during the therapeutic eye movements occurring at the moment that the problematic imagery changed its emotional coding. Then there was the development of a specific set of applications of this phenomena that enabled IEMT to be applied to the areas of neurological imprints specifically, imprints of emotion and some of the imprints of identity.
For me the beauty of IEMT is that the client doesn’t need to state the problem to me. So long as they have the memory and the negative emotion attached to that memory then change can begin.
How can IEMT help?
Problems most often resolved with IEMT are those issues where the person is somehow “stuck in their past.” Guilt, shame and blame can be resolved with IEMT. Identity beliefs and self-esteem issues such as “I am no good” “I am clumsy” and so forth can also rapidly addressed and resolved using this methodology. As such IEMT is an excellent tool to use alongside the other therapies I use.