Difference between RET and EMDR
There are significant differences between Rapid Eye Technology (RET) and EMDR. RET was developed by Ranae Johnson at approximately the same time as EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro. EMDR is based on the allopathic medical model, in which impediments to the life of a client are labelled as abnormalities and a treatment method is prescribed by the healing professional.
RET is based on a belief in spiritual wholeness. One of the most important premises of RET is that the client is a perfect, spiritual being. Practitioners assist their clients to discover counterproductive patterns of behaviour; then facilitate the release of emotional stress that supports those patterns. Practitioners are thoroughly trained to release stress, which is the purpose of Rapid Eye Technology.
EMDR is designed to be a rapid treatment modality for anxiety and traumatic memories. EMDR addresses one incident at a time. Its primary purpose as stated by Dr. Shapiro is to desensitize and reprocess traumatic incidents and is best suited to therapeutic environments in which the practitioner has other skills.
RET is designed to be an alternative healing technology that addresses the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human existence. As an alternative health technology, practitioners have an obligation to empower their clients in the healing process. To quote Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D, and Caroline Myss, Ph.D from their book entitled The Creation of Health, “Within the holistic model, the responsibility for the healing process rests with the patient.”
EMDR practitioners have their clientele move their eyes bilaterally with a few other eye movements. They require traditional counselling skills because they must deal with the client’s cathartic reaction to the incident during the processing.
RET practitioners move an eye directing device in Neuro-Linguistic patterns while the client blinks rapidly. There are currently nineteen specific wand movements and processes. The movement of the eye directing device also seems to simulate the REM or alpha/theta brain wave state.
The stressful information is accessed and the suggestion is given to release the emotional stress on a cellular level. RET attends to the whole person and the perceived environmental system of which they are a part. RET is a complete healing modality within itself yet can be used effectively as a complement to any other healing modality.