What is Brainspotting
Brainspottng (BSP) is a new treatment approach which works by identifying, processing, and releasing stored negative or traumatic experiences from the brain to help affected individuals heal from within. It also promotes healing for individuals suffering from physical pain.
Thriving Well Founder, Latoya Edwards was personally trained by Brainspotting Founder/Developer Dr. David Grand. She is also the first Clinician of Color and woman in Hampton Roads offering this services!
WHAT ISSUES CAN BRAINSPOTTING ADDRESS?
Brainspotting can be applied to most distressing clinical issues including mood disorders, anxiety, stress, Posttraumatic Stress and disorders, performance issues, Attention Deficit Disorder, and many other issues.
What is the difference between Brainspotting & EMDR?
- Brainspotting(BSP) has roots in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and similarly supports the reprocessing of negative experiences and retrains emotional reactions. Both are therapeutic interventions that access deeply stored emotional, somatic, traumatic and often subconscious information. Both interventions may involve bilateral stimulation and are considered advanced brain-body based strategies. The primary difference between the two involves the procedure used.
- BSP is based on the premise that ‘where you look affects how you feel’. As an individual maintains an eye position while focusing on a stressful experience, they connect to a spot in the brain (brainspot) that gives them access to releasing and processing the challenging experience. During Brainspotting once the focused eye position is established, the client is allowed to organically and intuitively process through their experience without following a specific series of steps. Many clients find this to be empowering, instinctual and flexible while some clients prefer more structure. For those that want more structure EMDR may be a better suited technique.
- EMDR follows a very specific protocol in which the therapist guides the client through a series of repetitive steps. EMDR has been around longer than Brainspotting and has more established research behind it. As part of this process, the client focuses on a stressful or traumatic issue while experiencing bilateral stimulation. The client is guided to repeatedly reexperience the issue while being guided through the steps in the process. While BSP involves a focused eye position, EMDR involves rapid bilateral movement of the eyes, auditory or sensory system. Some clients report they find EMDR too directed, structured, overstimulating and not as adaptable and fluid as Brainspotting. While others appreciate the structure and specific steps.
- As a practitioner of both EMDR and Brainspotting, Latoya has found many clients have deeper and more profound releases with Brainspotting and prefer its fluidity.
Additional Brainspotting Trainings:
Latoya has received additional training in Brainspotting to include:
Brainspotting Phrase One, Brainspotting Phase Two, Brainspotting and Addiction(Crocodile Setup), Brainspotting and Pain Reduction, Generational Brainspotting, and Brainspotting with kids, adolescents, and families, Brainspotting for pain reduction, Brainspotting for OCD.
Latoya is also a consultant in training for Brainspotting and helps individuals who are wanting to be certified and work on Brainspotting techniques. She provides individual and group consultation. Click here to learn more!