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IEMT Examples

The following are some stories of clients of James and Lucia at the Mindopoly Center for Change using IEMT or a mix of processes that included IEMT:

1. A 15 year old high school student presented with high level anxiety and panic around eating because certain foods were causing severe stomach pain and lower bowel problems. He had been diagnosed with food allergies, and although avoiding certain foods was helpful, he refused to make the better choices because he felt "different and stupid" around his friends. The young man is very active in sports and was losing lean body mass because he wasn't eating. Severe anxiety had generalized from certain foods to all foods and social situations and he would become very agitated and cry. The child was upset and crying when brought in by his parents. IEMT was used as an intervention with the result that the child became calm, was laughing and unable to recreate the anxiety when challenged. This allowed me to create a new behavior strategy around the food challenge using his favorite sport as a model. As of this writing, his parents report that he is his "happy, normal, self again," with complete relief from anxiety. He has returned to normal body weight, and is freely making better food choices.

2. A 31 year old teacher presented with strong feelings of guilt, depression, unworthiness, and anger. She was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder by her Psychiatrist and was told to expect to be on medication for the rest of her life. She was very easily set off. Years of working with a psychologist did little more than make her feel worse about her situation. She fit Andrew Austin's "Three Pillars" model perfectly. Much of the work we did included IEMT after which she could not get the old emotions back when challenged. The memories were "moving farther away" each time she was looped through the IEMT process. It was interesting to note that she completely lost the memory she was trying to hold along with the emotion attached to it. She reports that her daily life is improving and she has more balance and more choices in situations that used to trigger the old emotions. She says that she is "happier and calmer and able to work and communicate more effectively."

3. A 22 year old college student with a history of anorexia (which is currently under control), cutting herself, and a suicide attempt presented with severe depression, guilt, anxiety, and anger. She felt useless and unworthy. She is under the care of a psychiatrist who believes she will be heavily medicated indefinitely. She fits the Three Pillars model perfectly and was very interested to see such an explanation that modeled her life exactly. Using IEMT as an intervention, we started with the guilt as it presented as the strongest emotion. It was interesting to observe that during the IEMT process the emotions changed from guilt to anxiety to anger. After several passes she was unable to get the old emotions back when challenged and even laughed at what used to make her very angry. Went directly to Updating Identity Imprints process. While this client has visited the office several times before, the biggest break-through came after the session in which IEMT was used. As of this writing it has been four weeks since the IEMT process, and she reports that she "doesn't get anxiety anymore."

4. An 9 year old girl brought in by her mother presented with problematic behaviors around eating and social behavior, along with some situational anxiety. During our three sessions together some stories and games were built around metaphors and she was taken through basic IEMT patterns. Her mother reports that she is very happy with her daughter's progress and the child has since made some personal performance break-throughs as well.

5. A female in her early thirties, a stay at home mother of two young children, presented with issues of low self-esteem, anger, anxiety, conflicts with family members, and difficulty letting go of past emotional pain. Some work had been done prior to introducing her to IEMT to eliminate values conflicts and panic attacks. However, low self-esteem was still a problem as was conflicts with family and anger. After one session of using the IEMT Pattern for State Change followed by the Updating Identity Imprints, the client noticed an immediate change. In her words, "I can't believe how different I feel... this is really strange!" She said she felt "solid" for the first time. In a follow-up report the client confirmed that she was more in control in situations that had previously caused her great frustration and anger. Her self-esteem had improved to the point where, as she described it, "I do things now because it makes me feel good to do them, not because of what other people think."

6. A 41 year old female professional presented with severe depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and obssesive worry. She had a history of severe childhood trauma including emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her father, and violence. Her recent history included a proclivity for relationships with abusive men and a suicide attempt for which she was hospitalized. Some work had been done with her prior to the introduction of IEMT with definite improvement. However, there remained a great deal of anxiety around relationships with men and what appeared to be identity issues around her traumatic childhood. IEMT Complex Pattern was used as an intervention, followed by IEMT Updating Identity Imprints. The result seemed to be immediate. The client remarked, "I feel calm." (It was interesting to note that she had a previous experience with a practitioner of EMDR that left her feeling, in her words, "open and traumatized.") In a follow-up, she reported a significant change in her attitudes and behavior around men. Friends and co-workers noticed a calmer, more resourceful demeanor in real-life challenges where she was previously observed to become quite anxious. She summed it all up simply by saying "I'm good now."

7. A female medical professional in her late forties with a history of severe chilhood trauma including violence, sexual abuse, and abandonment by her mother, presented with depression, grief, anger, and "intense emotional pain." She fit Andrew Austin's Three Pillars Model perfectly. IEMT Complex Pattern was used as an intervention. She reports that she is much more resourceful in situations that, prior to treatment, would have triggered those old emotions and she is now free of anxiety that had been problematic for years.

8. A male professional in his mid-fifties presented with life-long anxiety, feelings of unworthiness, and difficulty with staying motivated in his professional life. He complained of insomnia, nightmares, night panic, and a need for medication. After using IEMT Complex Pattern over two sessions he reports restful sleep, "hardly any anxiety," and no medication needed. His self image is continuing to improve. Using Andrew Austin's Journey, Four Factors to Destination, and Metaphors of Movement was helpful as well.