No. Some people may confuse EMDR with hypnosis because of the eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation that are used during the therapy. However, the goal of EMDR is to help the client achieve “dual attention”, meaning that they are always present and aware during each stage of the process. Hypnosis, on the other hand, is a state of altered consciousness in which the client becomes more suggestible and receptive to the therapist’s instructions. Hypnosis does not involve reprocessing traumatic memories or emotions.