Photo-report of the Centro Vitaliza: avant-garde psychology from Navarra

Photo-report of the Centro Vitaliza: avant-garde psychology from Navarra

The team of professionals working at Vitaliza carries out our work from a therapeutic approach to which we are fully committed and which includes three phases.

Vitalise: the three phases of therapy

We understand that the first challenge when we begin a relationship with the people who come to our centre is to initiate a bond with them that will allow us to walk together. As this bond is forged, we will try to know and understand as best as possible the history of the person who comes to our centre and the current moment he or she is going through. This moment would include the Assessment phase .

After this first meeting, we believe that it is essential to provide our patients with the necessary tools to return to the minimum balance that will allow them to return to their daily lives with a certain normality and that will help them to place themselves in the position of being able to work from the necessary stability on the aspects of their experience that have taken them out of their window of tolerance.

This is where the intermediate phase of Regulation and Stabilisation comes in. When the person has developed the capacity to remain sufficiently regulated, we will be able to work on and elaborate on all the experiences of his history that may be generating perturbation in his present. Here we would enter the final phase of Integration.

Through the described phases and in a transversal way, our intervention fits in a therapeutic and complementary triangle, in which Neurofeedback, Mindfulness and EMDR are found.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness, aims to use and expand the brain’s natural capacity for self-perception , and consequently learn to live the present moment fully. We use mindfulness as an essential therapeutic tool that extends throughout the work of Vitaliza.

From the very beginning of psychology, this capacity of people’s minds to reflect on themselves, to focus on their own functioning and thus to be able to tune in to the emotions and thoughts that occur within us has been at the centre of the debate among psychologists and has been essential in all models of psychotherapy and personal growth.

On the other hand, from fields as far away from psychology as many schools of Eastern meditation are, especially within Buddhism, the development of this capacity for self-awareness in people has been the central axis of their knowledge.

Neurofeedback

The most recent lines of research in this field have shown that the brain is incredibly plastic and that it harbours the capacity to regenerate itself. It is the most adaptable organ in our system. Therefore, today we can say that “the brain can train itself”.

The team of psychologists that make up Vitaliza has extensive training and experience in the clinical use of neurofeedback. Neurofeedback is a type of biological feedback that directly affects brain function. It consists of a recording of the brain’s electrical activity (electroencephalogram). The electroencephalographic signal, once digitally analyzed, allows us to observe the general activity of the brain and provides us with data on the functioning and connections between different brain areas.

Neurofeedback allows us, through the processing of the electrical signals of the encephalogram, to design individualized treatment programs, to reinforce certain types of activity and to inhibit others.

The procedure is simple. Our professionals observe the way the person’s brain works at any given moment. During the training, the person looks at a screen where moving images appear and/or hears different sounds. These images or sounds vary (as a reward or reinforcement) to the extent that the person’s brain is producing specific brain wave amplitudes and/or frequencies. In this way, the person learns to use his or her brain more efficiently.

With neurofeedback we try to attack those problems that have to do with deregulations in the activity of the cerebral cortex; anxiety and mood disorders, conduct disorders, sleep problems, learning difficulties, etc.

EMDR

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy that has as reference for the conceptualization of the treatment the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP).

The work of our expert EMDR professionals is based on understanding the effect of deregulatory and traumatic life experiences on health and on processing these experiences through structured protocols that include different forms of bilateral stimulation. EMDR therapy is endorsed by the World Health Organization and the International Clinical Guidelines for Trauma Treatment.

EMDR is a patient-centered therapy that enables our psychologists to stimulate the healing tools inherent in the subject himself. It puts the information processing system to work. The EMDR model focuses on the physiological activation that appears along with the negative sensations, emotions and beliefs under the symptoms that disturb the patient.

Finally, I would like to highlight something that we, as professionals and as a team, consider to be of particular importance. Beyond our working method and the tools we use in our daily work, the professionals who make up Vitaliza have warmth, support and respect for the people we serve in their DNA . We believe that the essence of restorative relationships lies in forging safe and sincere links where the people we accompany rediscover themselves being looked at in a different way and in this way they can start again through their own history and the world around them.

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