A growing field since its beginning in the 1980s in the United States, coaching has become a worldwide network of skilled professionals guiding clients to discover and develop themselves.

In a good coaching relationship, the coach and coachee work together to decide when and how the coachee can develop, and especially the particular type of development needed to make their lives fuller.

Coaching entails using specific tools

More than just an encouraging discussion, coaching entails using specific tools, such as techniques of Socratic questioning or targeted awareness of what is said and not said, to target where the coachee is in need of growth – and open to it.  Certification as a coach can only be achieved after having completed theoretical training, but also a significant number of coaching hours under supervision.

While coaching can deal with immediate problems and goals, the work to resolve them usually contributes to the overall growth of the individual.

What is EMDR therapy ?

EMDR therapy uses bi-alternating (right-left) sensory stimulation that is performed by eye movements – the patient follows the therapist’s fingers that move from right to left in front of his eyes – but also by auditory stimuli – the patient wears headphones that alternately sound a sound to the right, then left – or tactile – the patient buzzers in his hands that vibrate alternately from right to left, or the therapist alternately taps the knees of the patient or the back of his hands .

Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., an American psychologist residing in California, currently Senior Research Fellow of the Menlo Park Research Institute – the Palo Alto School -, in 1987 came across a very simple way to stimulate a complex neuropsychological mechanism present in each one of us, which makes it possible to reprocess undigested traumatic experiences at the origin of various symptoms, sometimes very disabling ones. We can therefore treat post-traumatic events even many years later.

For nearly 30 years, EMDR therapy has proved its effectiveness through numerous scientifically controlled studies conducted by researchers and clinicians worldwide. It is mainly validated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is the scientific name of what is also more commonly known as psycho-trauma.

As such, EMDR therapy is recommended, among other national and international public bodies, by:

– An Inserm report of June 2015 makes an inventory of the validation of the effectiveness of hypnosis and EMDR, with evaluation of the effectiveness of the practice of hypnosis.

– The UK Health Authority since June 2007, for the condition of post-traumatic stress (former name of the PTSD) as well as for the comorbidities often associated (depression, risk of suicide, dependence vis-à-vis drugs or alcohol, etc.). See Long-Term Disorders Guide: Long-Term Psychiatric Conditions, Serious Anxiety Disorders, page 17.

– The World Health Organization since 2013, cf. Guidelines for the Management of Conditions Specifically Related to Stress, pages 37-39.

The psychic process

 of treatment activated by the method is a conscious process. It corresponds to what our brain naturally does when it does not become blocked.

At the beginning, the practitioner asks the patient to focus on the traumatic memory, keeping in mind the most disturbing sensory aspects (image, sound, smell, physical sensation), as well as the current negative thoughts and feelings that are there. associates.

The practitioner then practices series of rapid alternating bilateral stimulations; between each series, the patient says what comes to mind; there is no effort to be made during the stimulation to obtain this or that type of result, the event retreats spontaneously and differently for each person according to his experience, his personality, his resources, his culture.

The practitioner continues the stimulation until the memory no longer generates disturbances but is put at a distance, “erased”, has lost its vivacity. Then, always with rapid alternating bilateral stimulations, it helps the patient to associate with this memory a positive, constructive, pacifying thought, and to evacuate any unpleasant physical remains.

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