Our bodies remember the experiences we have been through. When we have strong unwanted emotional reactions to situations in the present, or engage in behaviors we don’t want to participate in, this can be due to unprocessed trauma. Trauma can be the more extreme events such as physical abuse, neglect, sexual assault, the sudden or unexpected loss of a loved one, but it can also be less obvious experiences like not feeling accepted, being bullied, or having emotionally unavailable parents, or alcoholic/narcissistic parents. Unresolved trauma can impact us in the present through depression, anxiety, overwhelm, intense emotional reactions to current stressors, and somatic experiences like migraines, digestive issues, and autoimmune issues. Resolving the trauma allows the present
symptoms to dissipate so you can be present and enjoy your life more.
Brainspotting harnesses and taps into the body’s natural ability to heal. It is a neurophysiological therapy, meaning that it promotes healing in your brain and body, resulting in positive psychological impacts.
Brainspotting (BSP) locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. This goes deeper than traditional talk therapy because it heals in the more primal "fight or flight" area of your brain which leads to subsequent changes in your neocortex, or"thinking" part of your brain. This helps resolve symptoms and reactions that might feel "automatic" or out of your control. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found. BSP can also be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience.
I completed my Brainspotting training (level 1 and 2) with Dr. Pie Frey. Lisa Larson provided my training for Expansion brainspotting. Expansion Brainspotting is effective in enhancing performance and strengthening desired states of being. Expansion Brainspots have amazing healing potential.
I also offer brainspotting intensives where we work over the course of several days for 3 hours a day to resolve issues in a more expedited way. learn more about intensives here.