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What is the difference between IEMT and EMDR?

IEMT and EMDR are two types of therapies used to help individuals process traumatic experiences. Although both therapies focus on reducing symptoms of trauma-related disorders, there are some important differences between IEMT and EMDR.

IEMT stands for Integral Eye Movement Therapy and is a relatively new form of therapy developed by Andrew T. Austin. IEMT is based on the theory that the way we remember our trauma is linked to the way it is stored in our brains. IEMT focuses on changing the way we store and recall these memories through eye movements. During IEMT, the therapist follows the client's eye movements while they focus on the memory of the trauma.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing and was developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR is based on the theory that traumatic experiences are not processed and stored in the brain in the normal way, causing them to be relived repeatedly. EMDR focuses on processing these traumatic experiences through eye movements and other forms of stimulation. The therapist asks the client to concentrate on the memory of the trauma while simultaneously being exposed to external stimulation such as eye movements or hand tapping.

Although both IEMT and EMDR aim to reduce trauma symptoms and use eye movements, there are some significant differences between the two therapies. The main difference is that IEMT focuses on changing the way the memory of the trauma is stored and recalled, while EMDR focuses on processing the traumatic experience itself. This means that IEMT is more focused on changing the internal experience of the client, while EMDR is more focused on reducing the emotions and physical sensations associated with the traumatic experience.

Another difference is that IEMT often produces results more quickly than EMDR because it focuses on changing the way the memory of the trauma is stored and recalled rather than processing the traumatic experience itself. This can be an advantage for people who want to see results quickly. The memory and emotional intensity associated with it are changed. For example, after IEMT, you may have had an incident where you were very afraid, and it may now feel like you are looking at the same event from a distance without feeling any fear.

An additional benefit of IEMT is that you don't have to say anything, explain anything, or even share what happened. This can be very helpful in some cases. IEMT can also be used when there is no memory, but there is a certain feeling present.

Finally, it is important to emphasize that both IEMT and EMDR are effective therapies for processing traumatic experiences. Which therapy is most suitable for an individual depends on the specific circumstances and needs of the person.

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