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  • Writer's pictureGurprit Ganda

Is EMDR Just Hypnosis?

We often receive questions about the differences between EMDR and hypnosis. While both are powerful therapeutic tools, they have distinct approaches and applications. Understanding their unique characteristics, as well as their potential risks and limitations, can help you make an informed decision about your treatment.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

EMDR is an evidence-based therapy developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help process traumatic memories. It involves bilateral stimulation (usually eye movements) while focusing on distressing memories.

Client discussing whether EMDR is Just Hypnosis


  • Effective for treating trauma and PTSD.

  • Clients remain fully aware during sessions.

  • Can lead to rapid reduction in emotional distress.

Potential Risks/Limitations:

  • May temporarily increase emotional distress during treatment.

  • Not suitable for all types of mental health issues.

  • Requires a skilled and trained therapist for effective implementation.


Hypnosis induces a state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. In therapy, it's used to access the subconscious mind and introduce positive suggestions for change.


  • Can be effective for various issues including anxiety and pain management.

  • May lead to deep relaxation and stress reduction.

  • Can enhance other therapeutic techniques.

Potential Risks/Limitations:

  • Effectiveness can vary greatly between individuals.

  • May not be suitable for those with certain mental health conditions.

  • Risk of false memories if not conducted properly.

Key Differences between EMDR & Hypnosis:

  1. Approach: EMDR actively targets specific traumatic memories, while hypnosis induces a relaxed state to increase suggestibility.

  2. Consciousness: In EMDR, clients remain fully aware. Hypnosis involves an altered state of consciousness.

  3. Focus: EMDR primarily addresses trauma and PTSD, while hypnosis has a broader range of applications.

  4. Mechanism: EMDR uses bilateral stimulation. Hypnosis relies on verbal suggestions and imagery.

  5. Client Control: EMDR clients maintain control throughout the session. In hypnosis, the therapist guides the client's experience more directly.


At Potentialz Unlimited, we offer EMDR therapy, tailoring our approach to each client's unique needs. Our experienced psychologists can help determine if EMDR is the right choice for you, considering your specific concerns and treatment goals.

Remember, healing is possible, and you don't have to face your challenges alone. Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your journey towards emotional wellbeing, while ensuring you're fully informed about the potential benefits and limitations of each therapeutic approach.

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