EMDR & Brainspotting


What is EMDR Therapy?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from different treatment approaches.

How does EMDR work?

EMDR therapy is an integrative psychotherapy and uses a technique called bilateral stimulation to repeatedly activate opposite sides of the brain. Therapists often use eye movements to facilitate the bilateral stimulation. These eye movements mimic the period of sleep referred to as rapid eye movement or REM sleep, and this portion of sleep is frequently considered to be the time when the mind processes the recent events in the person’s life.

EMDR seems to help the brain reprocess the trapped memories is such a way that normal information processing is resumed. Therapists often use EMDR to help clients uncover and process beliefs that developed as the result relational traumas or childhood abuse and/or neglect. For a more detailed explanation please visit EMDR Institute, Inc.


What is Brainspotting?

The technique of Brainspotting is a mind-body technique and when used in the context of a connected therapeutic relationship it helps to locate this neural network of memories, by visually finding “brainspots” or visual spots.  It is understood that “where you look effects how you feel.” Locating the brainspot, or where you look as you recall an emotionally charged event, helps to locate and activate the neural network in the brain. These “brainspots” are connected with the trauma experience and produce emotional and physical activation.  Through this therapeutic process, memories held in the unconscious mind, can be identified, processed and released, and those experiences while still remembered, no longer produce the same effect on the mind and body.

What does EMDR and Brainspotting help?

  • PTSD
  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Orders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Pain Disorders
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Stress Reduction
  • Sexual and/or Physical Abuse
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

None of the above symptoms or experiences fit you?

Do you experience distressing emotions that appear to you, and perhaps to others, to be excessive given the current situation? Do you tend to be highly reactive to certain triggers? Is there one or more dysfunctional belief that you believe about yourself that on an intellectual level you know is not true?

If so, you may still be a good candidate for EMDR or Brainspotting therapy.