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How Eye Movement Integration can work to free survivors of abuse from the impact of the trauma.

Posted on 10 May 2016

The impact of trauma and PTSD can be successfully treated, even when it develops many years after the actual event or events.  Eye Movement Integration (EMI) is a powerful psychological method for treating emotional difficulties and for many clients it provides more rapid relief from emotional distress than conventional psychotherapies.  

EMI is very similar to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and they share a common methodology. 

I explain to clients that when we are going through traumatic experiences, part of the brain that is usually responsible for the storing or filing of memories (hippocampus) stops filing memories and works differently in order to help with the current survival situation.  It can almost be as if these traumatic memories then get 'stuck' in some way and not filed as normal.  

This means that we are able to access them more easily, keeping us in a traumatised state.  I explain that EMI works to 'uncouple' the negative emotions from these prominant memories, allowing them to be filed as part of the life narrative rather than being held so prominently and accessibly.

Once treated, clients describe how the memories are still there, but the emotional response is at a different level and how they cope with and deal with the memories is completely transformed. 

"My life changed quite considerably after I met Fiona.  I had experienced some devastating things in my youth and how I felt about these things continued to affect what I was doing in my adult life. At times this wasn’t helpful and I felt held back and not quite myself."  

"Fiona is incredibly warm and reassuring at the same time as professional, this made me feel safe to explore the things from my past. She seamlessly guided me through different techniques and processes that have left me feeling relieved, hugely optimistic and excited about my future. I can't thank Fiona enough."  CB


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