EMT: a strategic tool in short-term therapy - Moncton 2020

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EMT (eye movement technique): a strategic tool in short-term therapy

Many mental health professionals are called upon to intervene using short-term therapy, due to either a limit to the number of sessions permitted or the limited financial resources of clients. These specialists try, as best they can within the allotted time, to perform “miracles,” an outcome which is not always possible. It can therefore be useful to master techniques of short-term therapy, not only for the benefit of clients but also to expand one’s toolbox of techniques as an effective therapist.

This training session allows psychosocial professionals to discover, experiment with, and master a technique to help clients quickly manage “negative” emotions associated with current or future situations. For example, mental healthcare professionals can use this technique to help clients better manage:

  • pre-examination stress;

  • fear of public speaking;

  • stress associated with an upcoming medical operation or treatment;

  • worries related to pregnancy, childbirth, or parenthood;

  • worries about a loved one in a difficult situation;

  • guilt related to a sick leave;

  • stress in the event of a return to work;

  • insecurity related to job loss, etc.

Surprisingly, one session is often enough for clients to be able to manage the emotions associated with a particular stressful situation. The technique used also promotes the discovery of appropriate solutions and the adoption of rational thoughts about the issue that needs to be addressed.

This technique, EMT (eye movement technique), developed by the American psychologist Fred Friedberg, PhD, involves the execution of bilateral stimuli similar to that used in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), but in EMT the emphasis is on extended bilateral tapping. Note: EMT was not designed for the treatment of post-traumatic stress.

Who can take the training?

Psychologists, social workers, sexologists, psychiatric nurses, psychotherapists

Training objectives

1) Define EMT in comparison with EMDR, EMI and EFT.
2) Recognize situations when EMT is indicated.
3) Present and explain the technique to clients.
4) Apply EMT protocol.

Duration of the training: 7.5 hours

Clinical example: Martine is afraid to die during surgery

A few years ago, one of my clients, Martine, told me that she needed to have a gall-bladder stone removed. She confessed the following: “I know it’s irrational, but I’m afraid to die on the operating table.” I suggested the EMT technique as a method of intervention. Despite the avant-garde nature of this technique, the client was willing to try it.

I therefore began the EMT session. During the sitting, Martine’s stress level dropped progressively from 10 to 8/10, and from 8 to 6/10, and finally from 6 to 1/10. Furthermore, she indicated that rational and optimistic thoughts came to mind: “I feel that I will not die on the operating table”, “I am not the first person to be operated for a gall-bladder stone… It’s just a stone, it is no big deal…”, “I will be well taken care of by a medical team”. Not once had I suggested any of these thoughts. Overall, thirty minutes were necessary to complete this EMT session.

A few days following the surgery, I made a follow up call. Martine mentioned that she was not worried about the surgery after our appointment. She added: “I felt stressed just a few minutes before going on the operating table, but not to the point of panicking.” I was delighted with the effectiveness of EMT.


  • What is EMT?

  • When is EMT indicated?

  • About Dr. Fred Friedberg, psychologist

  • EMT session with a volunteer

  • Effects of EMT

  • Some hypotheses that explain EMT effectiveness

  • EMT, EMDR, IMO, and EFT : similarities and differences

  • Caution

  • EMT protocol : step by step

  • FAQ about EMT

  • Practice in pairs

  • Presenting and explaining EMT to clients

  • About EMT effectiveness

  • Long-lasting results?

  • Limits of EMT

  • How to use EMT to assist with sleep and relaxation

Feedback from participants (Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario)

“Everything is right on. One word to describe the training: WOW.”
Steve Lagacy, social worker (NB)

“EMT is a complement to EMDR. A big plus for any therapist.”
Gisèle Meunier, psychologist and EMDR practitioner (NB)

“I use EMT with children, teenagers and adults. I'm still amazed by the results that can be achieved with EMT.”
Louis Guénard, social worker (QC)

“I have been using EMT since May 2017. I use it mainly with adults and am impressed by how quickly results are achieved. It’s an easy-to-use tool.”
Rachel Couture, sex therapist and psychotherapist (NB)
Part-time teacher at the University of Moncton, Edmundston campus

“EMT is a very effective tool to add to the psychotherapist’s toolbox. The results are often dramatic. Customers are surprised to see that they are able of generating their own solutions. They come out of the process with greater self-confidence.”
François Mathieu, neuropsychologist (QC)

“To live the benefits of EMT is very edifying!”
Dr. Nicole Carré Desrosiers, child psychiatrist (QC)

“Empowering session. Well presented and interactive.
Nicole Rousselle, psychologist (NB)

“Motivating, energizing, incomparable! Recommended.”
Louise Lapierre, social worker (NB)

"An amazing session! Useful both personally and professionally. I will absolutely use this technique in my practice."
Lee Ann Calabrese, Licensed Counselling Therapist (NB)

"It feels great to leave with a tool that we can put into practice. The simplicity is fabulous!"
Brenda Richard, registered Nurse (NB)

"Excellent training! Feel like I have a new skill (tool, in my tool box). Thank you! P.S. English = well done!"
Micheline Léger, social worker (NB)

"Thorough, engaging, inspiring."
Nancy MacMillan, Reg. Psychotherapist (ON)

"Wonderful! Your presentation style and content was engaging. Great balance of information, examples, and practice opportunity. I am eager to incorporate EMT into my work!"
Kimberley Kennedy, MSW, RSW (ON)

"This technique was well advertised. I look forward to implementing it into my practice, its’s very straight forward and I anticipate it helping many of the clients I see. Thank you for a wonderful day!"
Emily Burton, MSW, RSW (ON)

“Thank you for sharing a ‘simple, economical, and reliable’ approach that works!”
Dr. Pascale Lahaie, physician (QC)


Schedule? 8:30 to 5:30 pm (1.5 hour for lunch)

Can we use EMT with children? Yes! With 4-5 year-old children (or older!).

How may I contact the trainer?

By email (info@stephanemigneault.com) or by phone (1 581 983-2930).

Must I print my ticket and bring it to the seminar? No.

Refund policy?

If you want to cancel the seminar and receive a full reimbursment, you must cancel your registration more than 10 working days before the seminar.

Lunch: not included in the price.

Suggestion: I would like you to arrive 15-30 minutes early in order to start on time at 8:30.

If want to read more clinical examples: https://stephanemigneault.com/emt/examples-in-english/

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Moncton, New Brunswick E1C 1E6


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