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Brainspotting may be for you if:

  • You struggle with feeling “stuck”.

  • You are a survivor of trauma (and struggle with symptoms related).

  • Experience panic attacks and anxiety.

  • You have tried and found traditional talk therapy to be unhelpful.

  • You feel disconnected from your self, including your own mind-body connection.

  • You struggle with negative body image.

What is brainspotting and is it right for me?

As one of Wilmington’s only therapists trained in brainspotting, I am excited to be able to bring this highly effective integrative approach into my work with clients. Brainspotting is a powerful mindfulness brain-body relational based type of treatment “that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms”*. It is an integrative approach to healing trauma and an array of other symptoms by reconnecting the body with the mind based on neurobiological findings that the brain can heal itself. Cognitive based approaches like talk therapy activate the part of the brain associated with higher order thinking called the neocortex which is not associated with regulation. “Question asking, processing, and analyzing are part of the executive processing systems of the neocortex. Although these functions have their place in therapy, Brainspotting is concerned with information found in the midbrain and nervous system. This is where trauma, emotional stress, habits, repetitive patterns, and sensory experiences are stored. Only 20% of the information coming into the brain is based on what is already stored in our brain and able to be processed with our thoughts and cognition. This is one reason cognitive approaches are limiting and why mind-body or brain-body based approaches are vital to healing. Cognitive approaches do not allow us to access the majority of what is happening in the brain and how we store our experience”**. Brainspotting does this by using a dual attunement frame between client and therapist focusing on eye positioning and reflexes to access where these “trauma capsules” may be stored in the brain so that processing can occur, and ultimately, healing. It can be done with or without talk therapy, and is client-driven in nature. Please feel free to contact me with anymore questions, or see the link below.

*quoted from official webpage for brainspotting — visit for more information, including videos, case studies, and research.

** paraphrased from Authenticity Associates webpage on brainspotting