Psychotherapy is often called a ‘talking therapy’, because it uses speech and gestures as opposed to medication. Some forms of Psychotherapy treatment schedules are short term, lasting days or weeks, but some last for months or years. The positive effects of Psychotherapy are long lasting and usually permanent.
Sessions are usually one-to-one and last for an hour or more. To get the most out of it you need to come with an open mind and a willingness to change.
Who is Psychotherapy for?
Psychotherapy can be used to help a wide variety of people, especially those with psychological trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The following feelings are signs that an individual may benefit from Psychotherapy:
- Overwhelming feelings of sadness or helplessness
- An inability to cope with everyday problems
- Difficulty focusing on work or studies most of the time
- Drinking too much, taking drugs or using other coping mechanisms
- Being easily agitated or aggressive towards others
- A sense that problems never improve, despite receiving help and support from others
- Feeling constantly on edge or worrying unnecessarily
Integral Eye Movement Therapy (IEMT)
What is it?
Integral Eye Movement Therapy is a process in which clients are ‘Integrated’ into the here an now through the use of specific movements. It deals with past memories of traumatic events and the feelings associated with them. Instead of living in and reliving traumatic incidents from your past you will be re-aligned and brought into the here and now.
During the therapy clients are encouraged to access the negative emotions associated with the trauma. As the client is accessing these events and the feelings associated with them, the therapist uses IEMT to perform a series of eye movement adjustments to alter the connection between the left and right brain hemispheres. IEMT causes the memories to become more hazy, and the negative unwanted emotions linked to these memories, to be reduced or totally alleviated.
Results are instant but the ‘processing’ can carry on for hours or days after therapy. Clients often report better sleep patterns, less ‘triggering’ or traumatic memories, a more positive outlook on life, and reduced ‘mental chatter’ about the traumatic event. Rest is encouraged after the therapy, as it can make you tired.
This treatment is especially beneficial for anyone with traumatic memories, such as people with complex PTSD, or acute PTSD, as long as the trauma is not ongoing.
The memory and feelings of the event dealt with are somewhat blurred after treatment, so it is not suitable for those giving evidence in court or police statements about the event.