Questions about EMI
If you suffer from a post traumatic syndrome or experience frequent flashbacks from a difficult situation, EMI is most probably an intervention that can help you. The following text is meant to answer your questions and what to expect from an EMI practitioner.
Who can practice EMI?
The EMI practitioner must have a master degree in a mental health discipline (psychologist, medical doctor, social worker, counselor). He or she must also have at least two years of experience in practicing psychotherapy to be able to sign up to learn EMI. After a 15 hours level 1 workshop on EMI, the practitioner is required to complete a 10-hours supervision in order to appear on our reference list and be recognized as a certified EMI practitioner. Therefore, if a therapist pretends to be a certified practitioner and doesn’t appear on our list, it’s because this therapist is not a certified practitioner. Many therapists read the EMI book and start using the technique without appropriate supervision and training – we would not recommend that you go for search treatment as we believe it would not be a safe procedure.
How does an EMI treatment unfold?
The first session will be dedicated to the evaluation; your EMI practitioner needs to make sure you can be helped with EMI and therefore, no EMI would be provided during a first session.
If you can be helped with EMI, at an appropriate time, your therapist will start the EMI therapy by asking you to focus on the recurrent or traumatic event you experienced and will ask you to follow his hand with your eyes, without moving your head, for about 10-15 seconds. Between each movement, which will vary in directions, he will collect the new information that came out of it. You may retrieve visual, auditory, physical, emotional information. Sometimes thoughts or smell are more present. It is like collecting a new piece of the puzzle at every eye movement sequence. At the end, you will feel and see and get a complete different experience of that event.
Duration, frequency and cost
An EMI session last usually 1h30 for an adult or teenager and about 30-60 minutes for a child. Children are seen every week while Adults and Teenagers receive a treatment every other week. Usually one to five treatments are enough for most clients for a single problem. The cost is usually between 75$ – 100$ per hour.
Where can I find a certified EMI practitioner?
On this webpage, you will find a reference lists under Find a Therapist. If you enter you postal code, the page will show you the nearest practitioners with a description of their specialties, titles, etc.
What kind of problem can be helped by EMI?
Any recurrent memory, difficult situations experienced, phobias, nightmares, PTSD, trauma, witnessing of dramatic situations, victim of sexual abuse, victim of violence or other criminal acts, recent or from your childhood, among others, can be addressed with EMI.
Is there a minimum age?
Children from 3-4 years old can be helped with EMI.
What can I expect after an EMI?
Just like a movie will bring some recalls in the following hours and days, an EMI treatment will generate lots of flashbacks, interferences in the following 24-72 hours. Sometimes intense physical reactions can be experienced, going from very positive to very uncomfortable, depending on how you registered the problem you experience. Once the memory has been “ecologically” integrated in your neurology, you will experience a feeling of freedom associated with a boost in your energy level.