EMDR and BSP
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting (BSP) are two biopsychological approaches that help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences, as well as other emotional and psychological challenges. We have several clinicians at HeartMind Resiliency trained in these brain-based modalities.
EMDR works by helping your brain reprocess and integrate these experiences which, in turn, decreases the charge around the memories. During an EMDR session, your therapist will guide you through a series of bilateral stimulations, such as eye movements, tapping, or sounds. The bilateral stimulation engages both hemispheres of your brain to activate the processing of the distressing memories.
The understanding behind EMDR is that traumatic experiences can get “stuck” in our brains, and the bilateral stimulation helps unlock and process these memories. As you recall the distressing memory, your therapist will guide you to focus on it while simultaneously engaging in the bilateral stimulation. This process allows your brain to reorganize the memory, reduce the emotional distress associated with it, which then promotes healing.
Brainspotting is a similar therapeutic modality that was originally born out of combining aspects of EMDR with Somatic Experiencing Eyework. It also focuses on processing and resolving trauma and emotional difficulties. In BSP, your therapist helps you locate what is known as a “brainspot” in your field of vision. A brainspot is a particular eye position that correlates with the activation of a traumatic or emotional experience in your brain.
Your therapist will guide you to hold your gaze on the identified brainspot while allowing your mind to access and process the associated emotions, sensations, and memories. As in EMDR, bilateral stimulation may also be added. The idea is that by focusing your attention on the brainspot, you can access and release deep-seated emotional pain and trauma stored in the brain.
Brainspotting is based on the understanding that our visual field is connected to various parts of our brain, including those responsible for processing emotions and traumatic memories. By leveraging the brain’s natural self-healing capacities and the power of focused attention, BSP aims to release emotional blockages and promote healing.
Both EMDR and Brainspotting can be highly effective in addressing a wide range of psychological challenges, including trauma, anxiety, phobias, and performance issues, and they are particularly useful for single event shock traumas. As with all approaches at HeartMind Resiliency, your therapist is trained to integrate a variety of techniques to support your unique needs. Remember, if you are considering therapy, it’s important to consult a qualified mental health professional who specializes in EMDR or Brainspotting to receive the appropriate guidance and support for your specific needs. We also offer online therapy for people who are not able to come personally.
At HeartMind Resiliency, we offer a dynamic and innovative approach to healing through EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Brainspotting. These therapeutic modalities are designed to address trauma, anxiety, and other emotional challenges at their core.
EMDR is a highly effective therapy that helps individuals process and heal from distressing memories and experiences. Our skilled therapists guide you through a structured process that includes eye movements or other bilateral stimulation techniques. This process allows you to reprocess traumatic memories and reduce their emotional charge, leading to profound healing and emotional resilience.
Brainspotting is another powerful technique we offer. It involves identifying and processing areas of the brain (brainspots) where emotional and physical trauma is stored. This approach allows for deep exploration of unresolved issues and trauma in a safe and controlled manner. By focusing on these brainspots, individuals can release pent-up emotional energy and experience significant relief from symptoms related to trauma.