Brainspotting & EMDR
Every one of our therapists are trained in Brainspotting.
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is an exciting new treatment modality for rapidly and powerfully resolving trauma of many kinds. If you think of the brain like layers of an onion, trauma is stored in the inner parts of the brain. Talk therapy can only access the cortical or the “thinking/outer parts of the brain”. Brainspotting bypasses the cortical, reaching the part of the brain where trauma, anxiety, grief, & depression are stored.
Many people refer to this part of the brain as the “mind-body” brain. Our clinic believes in the trauma research done by the work of Bessel van der Kolk. His book, The Body Keeps the Score, is a powerful look into the mind/body connection. During a Brainspotting session, your therapist will have you look at a certain point in space, guided by their pointing wand. Eye position will help activate the part of your brain where your trauma is stored. Rapid processing can then occur.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is a powerful psychotherapeutic approach that helps lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.
In EMDR we work through eight critical phases to safely identify the distressing memory or memories and those situations that bring emotional and physical suffering, desensitize your body and brain to harmful responses, and aim for rapid and positive therapeutic change. We teach you techniques to manage stress on your own and enable optimal therapy.