Brainspotting Therapy

Brainspotting: An Innovative Path to Healing

At our practice, we are committed to providing clients with effective, cutting-edge therapeutic methods for achieving lasting growth and transformation. One such powerful approach we utilize is Brainspotting – a brain-body based therapy that helps clients process and overcome trauma, emotional distress, and unresolved pain.

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a form therapy that addresses the underlying neurophysiological connections of emotional and physical pain.Brainspotting utilizes a focused gazing method that involves the midbrain, the brains’ central nervous system. Brainspotting aims is to release the deeper sources of trauma and other challenges, allowing the client to move forward in healing.Unprocessed traumas are held in capsule form in the brain (Robert Scaer, MD). A brain spot is seen as a physiological capsule holding emotional experience in memory form. Countless traumas are accumulated from childhood, adolescence and adulthood and often are consciously forgotten over time. Countless traumas are then silently affecting performance levels and impair functioning. Anxiety, dissociation, depression and panic attacks are symptoms of deeper levels of forgotten trauma. Trauma, dissociation and conflict block creativity. Healed trauma, dissociation and conflict informs creativity.

Brainspotting is a mindfulness-based model derived from EMDR, that identifies active eye positions that correlate to neurological sources of traumatic and emotionally charged experiences stored in the subcortical brain.

Is Brainspotting Evidence Based?

Brainspotting was shown to be the most effective healing modality long- term for healing Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in peer reviewed studies. Brainspotting had the largest drop in anxiety (1) and PTSD (2) symptoms in six months as compared to CBT and EMDR. Brainspotting was also voted the most effective trauma treatment by the parents of survivors of the Sandy Hook massacre in a five-year study comparing the effectiveness of over 25 therapeutic modalities in bringing relief to the survivors (3).

(1) Journal of Psychotraumatology & (2) Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, both by Stemler, Grand, & Hildebrand (3) Sandy Hook Community Foundation; all articles can be found on the website.

More on Brainspotting

Brainspotting has been clinically demonstrated to effectively treat and heal a wide range of challenges, including:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Chronic pain and somatization disorders
  • Addiction and compulsive behaviors
  • Performance blocks, creative challenges
  • Attachment issues and relationship difficulties

This therapeutic approach unlocks the brain’s natural ability to scan, detect, and process the sources of dysregulated brain activity and impaired mind-body health at a deep neurobiological level. By accessing these sources for processing and release, Brainspotting promotes resolution and facilitates expansive change.

Many clients experience profound mind-body relief, boundary repair, regained personal resilience and freedom from the lasting impact of overwhelming events and experiences through Brainspotting. Our certified therapists have advanced training in this technique to gently guide you through this powerful healing journey.

The therapy is often is accompanied with Bio-lateral sound that can stimulates the brain’s activity and helps promote deep, direct, powerful yet focused and containing healing. This Neuro-experiencial therapy helps the system explore, and as you move into new possibilities, new way of living opens up and helps brings insights and perspective into challenging experiences. When there is a profound loss of control and trust, brainspotting can help you regain your capacity for trust, intuition and choice.

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