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Have you been through trauma that keeps popping up in your Todays? Do you struggle with negative emotions and anxiety? Do you struggle with anger? Do you have difficulty concentrating and finishing tasks on-time? 


Brainspotting is a highly effective new therapy created by David Grand. In a brainspotting session, a counselor will have the patient position their eyes in certain ways. By doing this, the counselor can find the target for certain negative emotions. The counselor helps the patient by guiding their eyes while looking for brainspots. A brainspot is a position in which the patient puts their eyes that triggers an emotional response from a past traumatic experience. 

Brainspotting can help us become more open to new insights. It can make us feel more stable and improve our overall health. Through brainspotting, a person can access their past memories and help resolve any hold-ups or feelings of being stuck. Through brainspotting, our brains get the opportunity to finish processing difficulties. When those stored memories come to the surface, healing becomes possible. 

During a Brainspotting session, clients participate in an individual psychotherapy office session in which a topic, emotion, or physical sensation is selected and targeted through Brainspotting. During the session, the therapist and client collaborate, enabling the brain to perform subconscious processing. The client is welcome to voluntarily verbalize as much or as little as desired throughout the process. As the session nears an end, the therapist and client again collaborate to transition the client from the session back into his/her daily routine. The brain may continue to do the “heavy lifting” of neural processing over the course of the next 1-3 days. Instructions and helpful tips for monitoring the internal processing outside of the sessions are provided.

There is evidence to suggest that we store trauma in our body. Stored trauma can have an influence on our emotions and our health. Brainspotting is a good therapy to use for people who have experienced trauma or who have PTSD. Brainspotting is also a useful therapy for people who struggle with anxiety, who have ADHD, or who struggle with impulse control. It is also particularly useful for people who have sports performance struggles, who struggle with substance abuse, chronic fatigue, or chronic pain. 


Shayna Adelstein


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