I bring a lot of different methods and training to my work with clients, but the most powerful tool I have to help people make lasting movement and change on the things they want to work on is Brainspotting.
At this point, I’m mostly only working with new clients who are open to it as a part of our work together because doing therapy without Brainspotting feels a little like doing therapy with my arms tied behind my back. I just can’t help people make the movement we both want them to make with traditional talk therapy.
Here’s why. A brief explanation of Brainspotting is that we use our eye position to access our subcortical brain, which is responsible for reflexes and holds all the imprints of our most impactful experiences. Often we’re trying to resolve what is going on in our subcortical brain (intense emotion, overwhelm, experience of triggers) with out cortical brain (logic, reason, and planning). You’ve probably read this far because you’ve experienced at some point or another that it only helps so much. Your cortical brain can’t send information to your subcortical brain. Information only flows one way, which is why we use Brainspotting, which accesses your sub cortex and allows processing to happen there. Our sub cortex moves about 10 times faster than our cortex and processing is often much deeper and quicker. Because of this, Brainspotting tends to be a faster course of treatment as there is more movement, much quicker.
If this all sounds very technical, that’s fine. You don’t have to understand it or (as some of my clients have found) even believe in it for it to work. I help my clients to understand as much or as little about what’s happening as they want.
Brainspotting is great for:
Unblocking stuck feelings and responses Trauma (current and historical) Anxiety Depression Addiction Phobias Panic attacks Anger control issues Grief and Loss Emotional blocks Stress Relationship problems Negative self-esteem Compulsive behaviors Chronic pain Procrastination Poor concentration ADHD Unblocking creativity Enhancing sports performance