Brainspotting & EMDR

"The technique was simple, but the response was complex. " 

David Grand, PhD.

Brainspotting & EMDR

Both Brainspotting and EMDR therapies have the goal to reprocess negative events and retrain emotional reactions. EMDR, while older and has had more research, Brainspotting has been reported to have had less immediate residual effects. Both interventions have been shown to have a positive change for the client and their goals. 

Both Brainspotting and EMDR have been primarily used in trauma therapy and for the treatment of PTSD. However, both have shown to assist with chronic pain and inattention, stress, and low motivation. Trauma has often been connected to not only somatic issues, but to have an impact in overall mental health including: anger, procrastination, difficulty concentrating, and difficulty sleeping. Therefore, Brainspotting and EMDR could be highly effective for individuals who would like to address one or several areas of concern. 

A primary difference between EMDR and Brainspotting is the way the intervention is completed with the therapist. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation either through rapid eye movements or client tapping on their body. The bilateral stimulation will be guided by the therapist and the client will be supported throughout the expeirence. Brainspotting is different in that a client is primarily asked to hold their gaze at a brainspot. Both of these interventions are supported with empirical based research and you are invited to ask your therapist about these to learn more.

Client Ages:

*For Minors please see Children, Teens and Family Counseling Services for more information

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