*(EMI) Eye Movement Integration Procedure

I started using the Eye Movement Integration procedure (EMI) around 1991.

It is a brief therapy technique that is effective in treating acute and post-traumatic stress, also phobias, the symptoms associated with addictions and negative or self-limiting thoughts. EMI is a neuro-therapeutic method for accessing and integrating traumatic memories and experiences

The EMI procedure, developed by Connirae Andreas, emerged around the same time that Francine Shapiro was working on EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing). Interestingly, both EMI and EMDR were inspired by noticing eye movements of their client’s closed eyes during a therapeutic procedure, which we now refer to as Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM). However, EMI protocol places greater emphasis on NLP eye accessing cues (See at bottom of the page).

Let me share a specific case: In 1995, I worked with a Bosnian Muslim who had been incarcerated in a Serbian concentration camp for 15 months before being freed by United Nations military forces. He had a very limited English vocabulary after only six months in the  USA. He was suffering from severe insomnia due to flashbacks of his best friend’s death in his arms, inflicted by captors. He was sleeping for less than two hours at night.These flashbacks were accompanied by the haunting smell of death.

In a 6-minute video, you can witness the transformative effects of EMI. He alters this vivid, colorful flashback images to a foggy representation. In addition, the client also was able to transform the experienced smell of death into a more positive scent associated with life.

In this 7 minute video Steve Andreas works with a Vietnam veteran using EMI:

EMI can be self administered. Remember to test the procedure first on a mildly unpleasant emotional feeling to see if it works for you. It is easier to have friend or therapist watch the videos and follow the instructions in the PDF.


These above eye accessing cues are accurate about 80% of the time.

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