When looking for mental health treatment, there are many options for patients to consider. Psychotherapy branches out into many different styles and processes, each with a specialized application to best serve a patient’s specific needs. One of these options is brainspotting, but what is brainspotting? 

What Type of Therapy is Brainspotting?  

Brainspotting is considered an alternative type of therapy, mainly applied to patients dealing with past traumas. This form of therapy stems from EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and was first discovered in 2003.  

What are the Benefits of Brainspotting?  

One of the main benefits of brainspotting versus other forms of trauma-based therapy, such as EMDR, is that it doesn’t require the patient to relive past experiences. This form allows the patient to remain in a more comfortable stasis while discussing traumatic and stressful situations in their lives.  

How Does Brainspotting Work? 

Brainspotting works through accessing a portion of the patient’s brain known as the midbrain. This part of the brain is responsible for movements, hearing, vision, and sleep. As part of the central nervous system, this area has much to do with how an individual receives information from their environment.  

The therapist accesses the midbrain by using the patient’s field of vision. The belief is that trauma can reside within the body itself, thus creating physical pain, in addition to mental strife. Because of this, therapists also believe they can access this trauma through the body and expel it as well.  

At CRC, we proudly offer this form of therapy. Our clients have seen great success in accessing. Though it can be strenuous, as any form of therapy can be, the release of these traumas allows patients to progress with their healing and lives. Find out more about our services and specialists today.  

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