From EMDR to MOSAIC

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) allows the manifestations of a traumatic event to be treated by repeatedly reliving it while having the patient perform eye movements or other alternating bilateral stimulations (sounds, tactile stimulations presented alternately to the right and left). Unfortunately, despite the recognised effectiveness of this therapy, it remains very painful for patients to have to relive their traumatic memories.

It is through her research in neuroscience that Dr Khalfa was able to study the neurophysiological mechanism of these alternating bilateral stimulations (visual, auditory or tactile) leading to a transformation of the traumatic memory in order to discharge it from its emotion. From the neural model developed, she was able to co-construct the MOSAIC therapy which uses the neural properties of the alternating bilateral stimulations without the patients having to relive traumatic events.

The MOSAIC Therapy

The process of change proposed in MOSAIC psychotherapy sessions is based on the use of :

  • Alternating bilateral stimulations: acoustic or tactile stimulations, triggered alternately on the right and on the left, of the ears, knees, hands, shoulders,…
  • visual stimulation by horizontal jerks between the right and left, as in EMDR therapy.

→ These stimulations generate neuronal excitation and synchronization favourable to the transformation of the traumatic memory network: the reconsolidation.

  • MOSAIC therapy renews the protocols of psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and sensory stimulation techniques.
  • It combines the contributions of other psychotherapies: EMDR, Strategic Brief Therapy, Solution Therapy, Non Violent Communication, Hypnosis, ego-state therapy, Internal Family System (IFS), polyvagal theory regulations (Porges), mind-body therapies, focusing, etc.
  • It represents the progress of neuroscience research on the effect of alternating bilateral stimulations, such as those used in EMDR, which have allowed the creation of a theoretical and technical model of the effectiveness of these stimulations for psychotherapy.

For the patient

Part of the field of humanistic and existential therapies, MOSAIC therapy is aimed at anyone in a situation of psychological suffering who does not want to live again the problems of the past but to move towards solutions and quickly.

This therapy is aimed at all people who are suffering, whether it is due to an emotional shock, trauma, fear, anxiety, sadness, burnout, relationship problems, etc. This therapy allows the treatment of post-traumatic stress (painful events, accidents in life, aggression, bereavement, separation, attacks, etc.), depression, generalized anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, addictions, eating disorders, sleep disorders, pain, etc. ), depression, generalized anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders, addictions, eating disorders, sleep disorders, pain, …

This therapy is also particularly suitable for patients with complex trauma and dissociative disorders, as it avoids the traumatic exposure that reinforces the symptoms.

Patients' testimonies

For the health practitioner

MOSAIC therapy can be integrated into the practice of psychiatric, psychotherapeutic or social care conducted by :

  • psychiatrists, doctors, psychologists,
  • psychotherapists, health professionals or socio-professional helpers, following or having followed a training in psychotherapy/psychology: nurses, physiotherapists, midwives, specialised educators, psychopractors, sophrologists, coaches…
  • specialists in the field of psychotrauma: teachers, scientists, practitioners, etc.
  • In therapy, it is possible and appropriate to avoid exposing patients to further suffering, and to avoid having them “relive” painful events in their lives during the session.
  • MOSAIC focuses on the solutions already present in the patient’s experience, by activating body sensations.

As a practitioner, MOSAIC therapy offers you comfort and quality of intervention by protecting you from any risk of vicarious trauma, but also : 

  • You propose solutions to your patients,
  • You get out of the trouble area to conduct sessions without any risk of re-traumatization for your patients,
  • In session, you avoid dissociative phenomena, abreactions, suffering,
  • Thanks to its precision, the protocol facilitates the learning of the method and the conduct of subsequent sessions.

Therapists' testimonies

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Accessibility to disabled people

It is important to inform us of your disabled status before the training course so that we can take the necessary measures to welcome you in the best conditions.

Pedagogical accessibility of training courses: prepare your welcome even before receiving you (in accordance with the law of 11 February 2005 for equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship of disabled people) by developing the capacity of our teams to organise the compensation of disability in training as much as necessary by choosing adapted training premises (administration / training venues).