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Thank You For Buying My Book! Trainings and Other Services I Offer

on 22/09/2021 3 days ago

A BIG Thank You for all of you who have purchased a copy of my book on Integral Eye Movement Techniques. As of today over 180 books have been sold globally.

I have had many positive feedback messages and entrust that even the most experienced Practitioners will find something new in the book.

Here is a fabulous review from a person who recently took a training course:

"Hi Sonia, I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful book. I have been looking for a book for a while that explained IEMT in a practical, pragmatic way, as well as connecting the dots on a deeper level. I am new to this mode of therapy. It has helped me already in terms of confidence in delivering IEMT. I had my first case study yesterday and it went very well. I saw a shift straight away in my client. Let me know where I can do a review for you. " CM

I know this book is already making a difference to people's understanding of this modality and for those putting IEMT into use either for themselves or with others. 

IEMT Training

For those new to IEMT via this book who would like to take the next step and train I have Level 1 and Level 2 courses now available in October. Please go to the Bookings page of this website : Course Bookings Page 

Also I offer refreshers for those already trained in IEMT. My courses do differ form others as I like to teach the interweaving of these techniques with other modalities especially on the Level 2 (Advanced) course, I offer information on other knowledge that can enhance this work.  1:1 mentoring is offered either as part of the Level 1 Certification option course as part of the extra's included and for those who wish to enhance their skills or talk about existing cases.

Mentoring Sessions

Available £50.00 for up to 90  minutes. Please email me for dates and times: sonia@soniarichards.com

Therapy Sessions

Available to anyone who may wish to work with me. Session fees are £120 for up to 2 hours.

IEMTea Parties

I have already hosted many Tea parties on some fantastic topics with fantastic speakers. There are many more to come one in November with Dr Nick Wright  on Neurological issues and December with Masha Bennet on Therapeutic  Sand Play. More speakers are lined up for 2022. These talks are Free and open to all not just IEMT Practitioners. You can book a place via this website via the Bookings page:

Metaphors of Movement (MoM)

I have been running Introductions to MoM and so many people have gone on it train as a result. The introductory workshops have a wealth of information into this exciting and innovative way of working with people’s metaphors that represent current situations in their lives. The Introduction give lots of pointers as how to listen out for autogenic metaphor and what tat may infer fir the clients, especially when they are ins situations where they feel “stuck”. 

By request I will now be running Level 1 and Level 2 workshops in 2022, to help you yo expand your knowledge and practice use of MoM. Once you understand the hidden language and meaning of metaphor a fascinating new world open up for you and your clients. 

So I look forward to welcoming you to a future event wether it be mentoring, training or a Tea Party talk.

Best wishes, 

Sonia





Metaphors of Movement Introductory Workshop - 11th September 2021, 2pm UK time.

Sonia Richards on 22/08/2021 34 days ago

Taking the Steps to Change

Do you ever feel like your banging your head against a brick wall; going around in circles like on a merry-go-round; taking one step forward and 2 steps back; constantly treading water; like you've been stabbed in the back; like your shackled to your job even, up to your neck in s**t? 

Are you MoM curious and not sure if you want to partake of the full training as yet?

This introductory workshop will help you to know more about where you stand and where you want to go with autogenic metaphor work.

Come and learn about this amazing modality in the comfort of your own homes for just £20.00 

The introduction will give you a flavour what what MoM is all about and I hope it will increase your appetite to learn more.

Those of you who are coaches, therapists, counsellors, teachers, trainers will find this a breath of fresh air in what can be a restrictive or outcome orientated way of working. 

However MoM is available to everyone and there are not entry restrictions. It is a wonderful set of learnings for understanding and dealing with the stuff that may currently be interfering with life’s plans or just everyday living.

“ With the Metaphors of Movement models, you will learn not only how to uncover your own metaphors, but how to engage them at a physiological and neurological level  - a completely new approach to overcoming stuck states and creating an effective movement towards our personal goals. You will never hear language in the same way again! "  A. Austin

In MoM we work collaboratively with the client so that they are instrumental in creating the traction for making the changes that will move them out of stuck situations, hence enabling them to gather a momentum for further change. 

This work has many influences from psychology, theatre, cultural teachings, symbology, alchemy, and much more.

So just £20.00 is the investment to enter a new realm of understanding the inner landscapes of the mind. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Payment for the event is via PayPal: 

Sonia Richards PayPal

Or if you wish to pay via BACS please email me for details:   sonia@integraleyemovement.com

I look forward to seeing you at this event or at another in the future.

Best wishes, 

Sonia

The New IEMT Book UK Orders

Sonia Richards on 19/08/2021 37 days ago

Exciting times, after a long slog the Definitive Guide to IEMT is finally finished.

It will be available for UK sales from 1st September 2021.

Many thanks all of those who have helped from proof reading to graphics and editing.

A big thanks to Andrew T. Austin for enabling me to write this book.

I will be sending out these books myself so let me know if wish to have signed copy (I won't be offended if you don't, LOL!)

You can buy the book: sonia@soniarichards.com

RRP for this book is £17.99 (Plus P&P), however I will include UK P&P with this price.

Or via the link on this site: Buy the Book

After the initial print run we will be making it available via various on-line outlets, so that those of you outside of the UK can order direct and not be tied up in customs issues.

Best wishes, 

Sonia




Changing Bothersome Memories

Sonia Richards on 23/06/2021 94 days ago

IEMT for Changing Bothersome Memories 

Next Level 1 course August 2021


I gave a talk on Father’s Day about using Eye Movements to Change Bothersome memories.

The talk was hosted by Raj Soren and we luckily have a recording courtesy of Mike Richards.

Next IEMTea Party August 21st 2021

Sonia Richards on 15/06/2021 102 days ago

Saturday 21st August 2021 2pm UK time.

Special Guest - Trainer Alan Johnson


Alan is based in Northallerton, Yorkshire, UK, and we met at the first IEMT Trainer Training in 2013. He is a former mental health nurse and is also trainer of other modalities including the subject of this Tea Party - OldPain2Go®. Alan also worked with the prison service and with training various emergency services in a variety of coaching and psychotherapy approaches to improve team working and the service that they provide to the public.


Alan will talk about OP2G it’s uses and limitations. Also he will talk about wether he integrates modalities together in sessions so e.g. IEMT if appropriate when dealing with an OP2G issue. 


Alan has recently started a new Blog called That NLP Bloke, so I’m sure he will also chat a bit about this project. 


Look forward to seeing you there!


Sonia


New IEMT Level 1 Course August 2021

Sonia Richards on 15/06/2021 102 days ago

A new IEMT course in August will be taking place for all who are keen in learning to use this amazing modality with Trainer, Mentor and Writer Sonia Richards.


IEMT can be used as self development and for self use as well as client work for therapists and coaches.


You will learn a new way of seeing and hearing the cues, signs and patterns that can keep people stuck in unwanted issues and sabotaging past changes.


Working at the identity level as well as the emotional kinaesthetic level enhances the what we do and enables people to upgrade and update their way of being in response to life’s challenges.

We also teach people to create an maintain change for themselves...i.e. teach a man to fish... 


IEMT is a modality that enables people to take control, not just be passive and receive ‘therapy’. The great thing is of course all of this can be achieved without the need to tell a life story or constantly discuss past events. Much of IEMT - can be CONTENT FREE.


Here is the link to the Booking page to find out more about what you will learn and the price options starting at £150 for refreshers and £265.00 for the Non-Certification option that enables you to use your skills for yourself, family and friends.

IEMT Training August Course


I look forward to meeting you on this fascinating course that helps to quickly Iron Out Life's Creases. 


Sonia

A Free Introduction to IEMT 6th January 2021 at 6.30pm

Sonia Richards on 06/01/2021 262 days ago

A fabulous chance to come an learn about Integral Eye Movement Techniques with Sonia Richards, one of its most experienced Practitioners and Trainers.

We will have some hands on practice as well as the chance to ask questions as to why and how IEMT can enhance your own skill set and  can be used for self development.

Contact me directly to register and a Zoom link and joining information will be sent:

sonia@soniarichards.com      

I look forward to seeing you there!

Becoming an Advanced IEMT Practitioner

Sonia Richards on 28/12/2020 271 days ago

There are many hundreds of people who have now qualified as IEMT Practitioners since the very first courses in 2007 to the present day. We now have people globally training IEMT in several languages and I am very happy to have been one of the first accredited Trainers who was enabled by the founder of IEMT to train both the Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner Levels. I tend to call them Level 1 and Level 2.  I also mentor other Practitioners and Trainers who may be new or experienced in this amazing modality. For those of you who would like to further your knowledge I am running more Advanced/Level 2 trainings in 2021. Please read on for information on how you can achieve this.


Merry Christmas 2020

Sonia Richards on 25/12/2020 274 days ago

This year has been quite a challenge for so many people.

Congratulations for getting through it and I wish you all a happy, calm and peaceful day.

Bring on 2021 which will bring new set of challenges that we can meet with all of our IEMT and MOM skills for ourselves and for others.

Best wishes everyone.

Sonia x 

Introducing Metaphors of Movement (MOM)

Sonia Richards on 08/10/2020 352 days ago

The first On-line Introduction to Metaphors of Movement Event

Saturday 14th November 2020, from 2pm to 4.30pm

Are you MOM curious? Not sure if you want to partake of the full training as yet?

This is a fabulous opportunity to come and learn about this amazing modality in the comfort of your own homes for just £15.00 

This introduction will give you a flavour what what MOM is all about and I hope it will increase your appetite to learn more.

Those of you who are coaches, therapists, counsellors, teachers, trainers will find this a breath of fresh air in what can be a restrictive or outcome orientated way of working. However MOM is available to everyone and there are not entry restrictions. It is a wonderful set of learnings for  understanding and dealing with the stuff that may currently be interfering with life’s plans or just everyday living.

To quote Andrew Austin:

“ With the Metaphors of Movement models, you will learn not only how to uncover your own metaphors, but how to engage them at a physiological and neurological level  - a completely new approach to overcoming stuck states and creating an effective movement towards our personal goals. You will never hear language in the same way again! " 

In MOM we work collaboratively with the client so that they are instrumental in creating the traction for making the changes that will move them out of stuck situations, hence enabling them to gather a momentum for further change. 

This work has many influences from psychology, theatre, cultural teachings, symbology, alchemy, and much more.

Andrew Austin is running the full Level 1 & 2 trainings On-line whilst the world is dealing with the Covid issue and these Introductions will hopefully help you decide to join a full training.

So just £15.00 is the investment to enter a new realm of understanding the inner landscapes of the mind. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Payment for the event is via PayPal: 

Sonia Richards PayPal

Or if you wish to pay via BACS please email me for details:   sonia@integraleyemovement.com

I look forward to seeing you at this event or at another in the future.

Best wishes, 

Sonia


The Eye Of The Storm: Change Can Be Painful By: Mike Richards

Sonia Richards on 10/08/2020 411 days ago

Free Image courtesy of NASA


“Everywhere I hear the sound of marching feet, boy

Cause summers here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy”


…….(Sir Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)



This article is taking a ‘Bigger Picture” perspective on where we all stand and the direction in which we are heading.  The decade of the 2020’s is one where the institutional and social cycles converge, ending in the same 10 year period. It is the period of the “Storm Before The Calm” , a period of transition from one social economic cycle to the next, a period of change. This of course has a direct correlation on the emotional cycles that are also being seen.


IEMTea Party August 1st 2020

Sonia Richards on 28/07/2020 424 days ago

Hello everyone not long to go before our next IEMTea Party Event.

Just a reminder it is 2pm UK time so those of you from overseas who have signed up, first of all many thanks and secondly just double check the time in your area.

We have a fabulous guest Mr Nick Kemp the developer of Provocative Change WorksTM.

Nick is an international Trainer and has a background in many modalities as well as in business.

He is also a very accomplished musician with several albums that he has recorded along with his band.

I will be chatting with Nick to find out more about him, PCW and how this may be used alongside IEMT.

Nick has also very kindly agreed to answer questions, so if you are attending please email them to me in advance.

sonia@soniarichards.com

The Zoom link will be sent out on 31st July and registrations are required by Thursday 30th July.

Many thanks,

Sonia

Are You Sitting Uncomfortably? Then We’ll Begin…

Sonia Richards on 08/07/2020 444 days ago

In the past six years I have given many IEMT Trainings, some of which have been in person at various venues globally and some have been on line. People from a variety of different backgrounds attend, as the courses have been structured for those wishing for self help and self development, as well as for those who wish to use IEMT Professionally with clients. The types of therapist and coaches who attend also come from different backgrounds such as counselling, hypnotherapy, hypnobirthing, life coaching, NLP, psychotherapy, and psychiatry. Each has their own particular skill sets, beliefs and values about the type of work that they do and the help that they offer.

Changing States Via Physiological Shifts Tiny Tweaks... Big Changes

Sonia Richards on 30/06/2020 452 days ago

Physiological State Accessing Cues, is known in IEMT as PSAC’s for short. Teaching this process to people is one of the most rapid ways of eliciting a real and tangible change for those who are in various stuck emotional states. We often talk abut how the mind affects the body, and the physiological responses that our thoughts have on the body’s chemicals and thus body functionality. However adopting certain physiological stances which have been learned and become automatic responses, can then act as a feedback loop to impact on the brain and increase the intensity of the emotional state that the person is feeling.


It has been seen that when a person experiences trauma, one of the physiological responses that can occur is a freeze state for the body, i.e. the freeze part of the fight, flight freeze response. As discussed in the previous chapter, this is a stress response and a survival response in terms of the autonomic nervous system which is beyond the control of the neocortex/conscious functioning of the brain. Dr Steven Porges talks about this ‘freeze response’ in his book 'The Pocket Guide To The Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe' talks about the un-myelinated parasympathetic fibres or “C” fibres. 


Not everybody locking into  particular physiological state will have experienced what is traditionally know as a ‘trauma’, however as seen many times when working with PTSD,  what is trauma to one person can be shrugged off by another. So a person develops a coping strategy that is physiologically based and the stance or position reinforces the strength of the emotions and feelings.


Advanced Practitioner Level Training

Sonia Richards on 06/06/2020 476 days ago

Coming Soon On-line Advanced Practitioner Level Training.

A way to hone and improve your knowledge, skills and uses of IEMT.

PLUS - AN INTRODUCTION TO METAPHORS OF MOVEMENT

Advanced Practitioner Level - Maintaining Change

The purpose of this course is to enhance and advance your current level of IEMT skills. Hence there will very little time spent on basic eye movement techniques, so please ensure that you are well practiced prior to the course.

If you require a refresher of the Practitioner course I am happy to offer you a special deal on booking both courses.

Putting IEMT Skills Into Practice - Interview with Paul Bridge

Sonia Richards on 30/05/2020 483 days ago

Integral Eye Movement is a wide and varied modality. Those of you who have trained and now have your Certification and Association membership will have no doubt been putting your skills to great use. One of the surprises for those training in IEMT is that the actual Eye Movement part of the modality is only part of the skill set. Far more important are the underlying and possible long terms Patterns of Chronicity that can be so ingrained into people’s behaviour that for many are totally unrecognised. They are part of those unconscious processes and habits that people run, such as biting nails, choosing a certain side of the bed, always reaching for a cigarette when having a cup of tea and so on. Most people would never know that in order to deal with whatever the issue is that they present with to a Practitioner “The Effect” if you will, getting to “The Cause” and dealing with this and the associated patterns is often key to long term improvements and changes.


Mind ‘Your’ Language

Sonia Richards on 23/05/2020 490 days ago

Those of you who have trained in IEMT, particularly if you attended one of my trainings, will know how much emphasis we put on really listening to language. Our own and that of others. This week on Facebook, Andrew Austin posted an old article that he wrote some years ago on the subject of language in medicine and the Post Hypnotic Suggestions that many medics use, either purposely or inadvertently. This got me thinking about my own experience within the medical profession and as a service user, with particular emphasis on the work that I do with pregnant women and their partners.

Virtual IEMTea Party June 6th 2020 3pm UK Time

Sonia Richards on 23/05/2020 490 days ago

Special Event in aid of Marie Curie Nurses. Non-formal get together to have a chat about IEMT and related modalities. 

We will be covering working virtually with clients and also a Q&A with any topics you would like to talk about with reference to IEMT.

If you are overseas and wish to join us perhaps make a small donation to a chosen local charity of your own choice.         Donations are of course optional.

  • We start at 3pm 6th June and I will send out a Zoom invite on the day. 
  • All I need is an quick email form you so that I have your email address for the Zoom invitation.
  • Hoping to have a VERY SPECIAL GUEST...
  • So please email me and you are also welcome to email any topics for discussion if you wish to.

Best wishes

Sonia  

Who’s Zoomin’ Who? Integral Eye Movement Therapy Sessions On-line

Sonia Richards on 18/05/2020 495 days ago

A great song by the Queen of Soul and also one of the questions people are now asking each other when arranging a virtual meeting, be it business or social.  Although Zoom isn’t the only on-line platform to be providing meeting and conferencing facilities, it appears to be one of the most reliable and flexible. Anyone who bought Zoom shares prior to the Covid-19 pandemic must be laughing all the way to the sell button. In fact the founder of Zoom’s net worth has increased by over $4 billion since the virus hit to over £8 billion dollars. Such numbers don’t even seem real to those us in the normal world.

Using IEMT for Dealing with Anxiety During Lockdown

Sonia Richards on 11/05/2020 502 days ago

As we endure these unprecedented times, people are handling lockdown in a variety of ways. Some are being very practical, some keeping very active going out of the house taking advantage of the one exercise session a day, some are digging in and are able to have food delivered to them, some are learning new skills, some spending time on existing hobbies, some are growing vegetables for the first time wether in window boxes or old food cartons, some are studying by using the vast array of on-line courses suddenly available.

IEMT On-line Success - The First Ever Course and Future Courses to Come

Sonia Richards on 08/05/2020 505 days ago

I had been planning to run on-line IEMT courses for some time now and had looked a several ways that this may be best delivered. Then along comes Covid-19 and suddenly the theory needed to be rapidly put into action. The course that I had planned to run on Merseyside on May 2nd & 3rd would now have to be an on-line offering!

Using IEMT for Trauma By Lori Nicholson, USA

Sonia Richards on 06/05/2020 507 days ago

In September 2014, I was privileged to run the first ever IEMT Training for HypnoBirthing Mongan MethodTM Practitioners. I have been teaching HypnoBirthing for nearly 20 years and was part of the team who introduced it into the UK.

 This was a fabulous fun, lively training with some amazing participants, all keen to learn a new skill set. Many were also Talking Therapists as well, so IEMT was to be used not only for their HypnoBirthing clients, but also their Clinical Therapy client work.

 On all trainings I teach participants how to self-use IEMT and also when it is appropriate to work with their own family and friends. The following article was written by on of those delegates who be came an IEMT Practitioner and who found a great use for it after a traumatic car accident.