Brainspotting is a powerful mind/body therapy that promotes rapid effective change.  It is based on the theory that “where we look effects how we feel.” A fixed eye position is found to process and release an emotionally and bodily-based condition such as PTSD, phobia, trauma, relationship issues.  It is also helpful for expanding the body reservoir of vitality and opening to new awareness for enhancing life and improving performance.
In a supported therapeutic setting, the Brainspotting tool is used to allow your body to release the stress that it couldn’t at time of trauma, or that is attached to some restriction.
Effective Results:  Clients find the cause of their conflicts and turn them into growth opportunities. People report Brainspotting to be very effective.
Could it help me?  Brainspotting is a useful technique for you if you have worked on yourself for a while and feel you still can’t shift something that is holding you stuck.
When we go through a trauma in life, we naturally react with fight, flight or freeze.  When we freeze –a connection of the feelings we had at the time of trauma and a feeling in our body occurs.  That stuck-frozen feeling becomes formatted within us and re-occurs when we  encounter similar situations with new challenges.  Often to create a new way of approaching life more harmoniously—we need to complete the movement that did not happen in the original trauma.
Brainspotting allows your body to release the stress that it learned in the past.  This focused attention on a situation seems to trigger deep in our brain the area that contains unprocessed memory and feeling.  It appears to tap into our own body’s innate wisdom to heal. It has the potential tounlock the circular thinking, negative thoughts, self-protective patterns and limited beliefs we continuously act from even when we don’t want to.
Applications of Brainspotting
• Physical and emotional trauma
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Recovery from injury and accident trauma
• Trauma resulting from medical interventions and treatment
• Stress and trauma-related medical illness
• Sports Performance and Creativity Enhancement
• Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
• Addictions (especially cravings)
• Perceptual problems
• Stuttering
• Environmental Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Phobias
• Asthma
• Preparation and recovery from surgery
• Trauma resulting from war and natural disasters

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy modality that enables people to heal from distressing symptoms caused by past traumas or emotionally charged events.  “Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy.  Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions.  Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognized as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy.  Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.

EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment.  Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session.  After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision.  As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level.  For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.”  Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes.  The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them.  Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behavior are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.

EMDR therapy involves attention to three time periods:  the past, present, and future.  Focus is given to past disturbing memories and related events.  Also, it is given to current situations that cause distress, and to developing the skills and attitudes needed for positive future actions.  With EMDR therapy, these items are addressed using an eight-phase treatment approach.” (