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Portland Brainspotting Therapy

Brainspotting™ was developed by Dr. David Grand who states: “It is a powerful, focused treatment method that works in a powerful way to identify, process and release core neuro physiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and many other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting™ is an amazing tool that allows the coach and client to locate, focus, process and release experiences and symptoms that may be out of reach of the conscious mind.”

How Does Brainspotting Work?

Brainspotting™ works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as brainspots. Located throughout either one, or both eyes, brainspots are observed from either the inside window of the clients’ felt senses and/or the outside window of the clients’ reflexive responses (i.e. blink, eye twitches, or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick breaths and subtle body shifts).

Similar to EMDR, the theory is that Brainspotting™ taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self scanning capacity to process and release focused areas that are (frozen primitive survival modes). Brainspotting may also explain why it often reduces or eliminates body pain and tension associated with physical symptoms.

What Symptoms Does Each Brainspotting Technique Address?

Brainspotting™ is used for the following symptoms:

  • Physical/emotional trauma
  • Recovering from injury (i.e. sports, automobile and other accidents)
  • Stress and trauma related to medical illness
  • Performance issues
  • Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain
  • Stuttering
  • Phobias
  • Anxiety

Portland Brainspotting Therapist – Oregon Brainspotting

Many of my clients know that I work with performance expansion, sports psychology, and trauma resolution.Listed below are the 15 brainspotting guidelines, that David Grand, PhD (Developer and Trainer of Brainspotting) and Lisa Schwarz, MEd developed for all kinds of performance and creativity enhancement.

  1. Body relaxation is the optimal state for performance expansion. This can improve performance by 50 percent.
  2. The brain is in the optimal state for performance expansion when it is quiet. This is often experienced as a state of calm, groundedness, body relaxation and blankness.
    (This is different from freeze/numb/dissociated.) the response to threat or perceived danger is flight-flight or freeze.Freeze is the most lasting and is responsible for the most damaging, enduring and inexplicable performance blocks.
  3. Positive reinforcement activates the parasympathetic nervous system and expands performance. Negative reinforcement activates the sympathetic nervous system and inhibits performance.
  4. Performance and creativity should be seen as an issue of the entire person’s life history, present experience, philosophy of being and sense of self.
  5. Performance is and every day, all day issue of life for everyone, including interactions within ourselves and with others.
  6. Performance is developmental. How we experience performance in the present is determined by the accumulation of all experiences dating back to birth.How our caretakers responded to our early creative expressions and survival terror (what happened early on) formed the foundation for our later performance experiences.
  7. Performance inhibition is a dynamic phenomenon which originates with negative self beliefs and images, mostly unconscious and internalized earlier in life. Identifying how these dynamics develop and are played out for the individual can help to reveal and unravel them. Especially incorporating Brainspotting exploration.
  8. Underlying performance blocks are often projected negative self-perceptions, beliefs and self–statements (negative). These self-critical states are in need of healing.
  9. Hidden secondary gains may play a role leading to avoidance and escape.For example, “who am I performing for, myself or my parent (coach)” often lurks silently. Prodigies are often abused in childhood, compromising their giftedness.
  10. As with all brainspotting work, maximal education of the client is essential.
  11. No matter what kind of shift is obtained, follow up, follow up, follow up and more follow up with client and counselor.
  12. The goal, unless changed by mutual consent is behavioral improvement as defined by the client.
  13. Sports traumas, especially sports injuries, especially childhood and adolescence , accumulate and underlie later performance anxiety, blocks and loss of function (known as the “yips”).
  14. Performance in front of an audience, whether action, singing, or sports requires the capacity to “adaptively or creatively dissociate”. The problem arises when adaptive and creative dissociation are infiltrated by dysfunctional dissociation.This leads to the perception of imminent threat, survival terror, hyper and hypo activation, muscle guarding and impulse to flee or freeze.

Significant performance anxiety and creative blocks are not isolated to the area of sports performance and art. They are part of a diagnosable clinical anxiety condition usually involving shyness, social phobia, panic, OCD and PTSD.At times , medication evaluations are appropriate for treatment and results.

Contact me today to schedule a Brainspotting session.