Brainspotting is a type of alternative therapy that utilizes spots in a person’s field of vision in order to help them process trauma. This therapy works by accessing an area of the brain known as the subcortical brain, which is responsible for emotion, learning, motion, and consciousness, where instances of trauma often become ‘stuck.’ One of the advantages of brainspotting, when compared to other therapies, such as EDMR therapy, is that clients do not need to ‘relive’ their trauma in order to release it from their bodies.
The human body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, maintaining a stable environment. When trauma becomes ‘stuck’ in the body, it is known as ‘frozen maladaptive homeostasis.’ This type of ‘stability’ is not healthy, and brainspotting seeks to access this homeostasis and integrate the interrupted processing of the trauma.
During individual and group therapy sessions, clients will interact with licensed and trained counselors to work through underlying issues that may be contributing to their drug or alcohol addiction.
During trauma-informed therapy sessions, clients are able to talk with a specialist who accounts for their past trauma and the way it may have affected their thinking, behavior, and ability to interact with treatment.
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