Brainspotting is an emerging therapy that focuses on the brain-body connection to treat trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma-related mental health disorders. While it is a relatively new type of therapy, studies have shown that brainspotting can be highly effective. At JCA Mental Health, our therapists are trained in brainspotting psychotherapy (BSP) and can help you to understand how brainspotting therapy works and whether it may be an appropriate treatment option for you. Call our office today to learn more.Â
Developed as an advancement of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, brainspotting therapy was introduced in the early 2000s. The therapy uses spots in a personâ€™s visual field to help them process trauma.
EMDR has been highly effective at treating trauma for some patients. However, the founder of both EMDR and brainspotting noticed that for others, getting â€śstuckâ€ť in one spot was occurring, limiting the effectiveness of the therapy. By encouraging the patient to stay in this spot, trauma that is stuck in the subcortical brain can be accessed and processed.
Brainspotting aims to â€śresetâ€ť trauma or a particular incident that is stuck in the brain and the body. The therapy generally involves:
As mentioned above, brainspotting was initially developed to treat trauma and trauma-related mental health disorders, including PTSD. However, it has also been used to treat depression, chronic pain, anxiety, and more. Whether or not it is the right therapy type for you depends on multiple factors and is something that you should discuss with your personal therapist.
Before engaging in any type of therapy, itâ€™s important to recognize the benefits and drawbacks of various treatment options. Some potential benefits include:
While the benefits of brainspotting have been observed in many patients, itâ€™s important to remember that what works for one patient may not be effective for another. This important new form of therapy is worth considering, but ultimately itâ€™s up to you and your therapist to decide on a course of treatment that best suits you and your wellness goals.
If you have been struggling to manage trauma or other mental health conditions on your own, working with a therapist is strongly recommended. At JCA Mental Health, our diverse staff of therapists is trained in multiple types of therapy, including brainspotting therapies. To learn more about brainspotting and whether brainspotting therapy could be effective for you, call us directly today.
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