At the origin
Her research in neuroscience and her therapeutic practice of EMDR led Dr. Stephanie Khalfa to create the neural model of stochastic synchronization, proving that “it is not necessary to expose clients to their traumatic and painful memory to allow them to detach from it and no longer suffer from what happened to them. “.
In 2019, based on this premise, and also inspired by humanistic solutionist and experiential therapies, she co-created, with psychologist Guillaume Poupard, an innovative psychotherapeutic approach: the “MOSAIC therapy”: Eye Movements and Alternating Stimulations for Brain Integration.
Unlike psychotrauma therapies that focus on the traumatic memory and associated suffering, the MOSAIC method focuses on the solutions already present in each person, through the body’s experience and physical sensations: the patient is invited to “live” fully, to physiologically feel the forces and possibilities that exist in him/her, which can be mobilized in his/her brain. Thanks to the work of neuronal synchronization, through alternating bilateral stimulations (visual, auditory, tactile), he/she connects his/her resources to the painful memory and thus reinforces his/her liberating potential.
The MOSAIC therapy allows the client to avoid painful psychotherapy sessions. Through sensory stimulation, he/she can finally invest in and “amplify” a light, peaceful and joyful present!
EMDR and MOSAIC therapies
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is based on eye movements that allow the treatment of deep trauma. It is through her research in neuroscience that Dr. Khalfa was able to study the neurophysiological mechanism sof the alternating bilateral stimulations (visual, auditory or tactile) used, in particular, in EMDR. Based on her findings, she then co-constructed the MOSAIC therapeutic protocol.
The therapeutic method of MOSAIC
The process of change proposed in MOSAIC psychotherapy sessions is based on the use of
– alternating bilateral stimulations: acoustic or tactile stimulations, alternately triggered on the right and on the left, of the ears, knees, hands, shoulders,…
– visual stimulations by horizontal saccades between the right and left, as in EMDR therapy.
→ These stimulations generate neuronal excitation and synchronization favorable to the transformation of the traumatic memory network: reconsolidation.
>>> The MOSAIC technical protocol is based on a complete clinical interview, in 4 precise steps <<<
- The pre-framing & pre-talk.
- The MOSAIC interview: characterization of the goal and limiting targets, definition of the desired internal sensation and reconnection loop.
- Experiencing the benefits of change.
- Debriefing, posttalk, task prescription.
Dr. Stéphanie Khalfa places herself at the neurophysiological level to build a strategy to support change with the patient.
>>> For which patients?
Part of the field of humanistic and existential therapies, MOSAIC therapy is aimed at any person in a situation of psychological suffering: emotional shock, fear, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress (painful event, life accident, aggression, mourning, separation, attack, …).
This method can be particularly adapted to patients who have experienced a complex trauma and who suffer from dissociative disorders.