What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting therapy was originally designed to alleviate the distress associated with traumatic memories and human suffering. Brainspotting is a brain-based tool used to alleviate trauma, emotional pain, performance anxiety, panic and stress disorders, and to strengthen our natural resources, strengths, and resilience.
A Brainspot is an external eye position, that is linked to the subjective internal felt experience in the body, from which trauma and distress may be processed, while maintaining the body’s natural internal support system known as resourcing. Resource brainspotting utilizes the body’s capacity to engage in self soothing and grounding from which to process traumatic or stressful events, memories, or fears.
As a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, through the Brainspotting Association, USA, I specialize in working with people burdened by a history of abuse, including childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, trauma, PTSD, disturbing memories, grief and loss, addiction, and violence. Brainspotting is also useful in the treatment of negative beliefs, alleviating some forms of chronic pain, and for anxiety and stress reduction.
Brainspotting is a useful application for some of the following issues in my Denver psychotherapy practice:
Trauma and PTSD
Grief and Loss
Fears and Phobias
Stress, Panic, and Anxiety
Chronic Pain (some aspects)
Accident Flashbacks and Trauma
Addiction and Compulsive Behaviors
Sexual Trauma and Abuse
Performance Anxiety and Blocks
Negative Self Beliefs and Criticism
Depression and Emptiness
Example of Brainspotting treatment for low self esteem, from my Denver, Colorado, psychotherapy practice:
I recently saw a client who was struggling with anxiety and distress around workplace performance. By locating, focusing and accessing the eye position associated with the internal distress, we were able to process through the negative beliefs that organized this clients low self esteem at work. We then proceeded to build internal resources based on this clients emotional and psychological connection to his strengths and resilience, that allowed him to tackle his daily life with renewed confidence.
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