The Brain-Body Based Therapy for Treating Trauma by David Grand
Here’s a typical scenario: at the end of the session, your client either responded well or not at all to treatment. And even those that responded well to treatment have often regressed by their next session. They’re angry – and you thought you had made a therapeutic gain.
If you’re like most therapists, you rely on talk therapy or a technical modality. What you are missing is the brain-body relation.
There is a new brain-based relational treatment approach developed by David Grand, PhD. that will give you more effectiveness as a therapist and avoid poor client responses.
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms.
Trauma overwhelms the brain’s processing, leaving pieces of unprocessed experiences frozen in time. Brainspotting will provide you with powerful tools enabling your clients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems.
Where we look reveals critical information about what is going on in our brain. By carefully observing how and where clients look and focusing on the particular spot, this helps the client process disturbing material more gently and deeply.
Why is it better than many approaches?
- Bridges the gap between talk and technical modalities
- No protocols to master (like EMDR)
- Open and relational
- Responsive to the needs of the client
- Includes brain-body tools
- Can be adapted into any clinical approach and therapeutic style
What is Brainspotting?
- Brain-body based relational therapy
- Deeper, more powerful processing of trauma
- Brainspot – activity in the brain in response to focus and eye position
The Three Types of Brainspots
- Outside Window: Client unaware of therapist tracking reflex brainspots
- Inside Window: Client and therapist work together to find brainspots
- Gazespotting: Client has a fixed gaze while thinking or speaking
Reflexive Responses in Clients
- Eye wobbles
- Eye freezes
- Facial tics
- Brow furrowing
- Head nods
- Body shifting
The Dual Attunement Frame
- Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Goal of brainspotting is accessing self-healing capacities
- Activate, locate and process the sources of trauma and distress in the body
- Unfreeze and release where the trauma is being held
- Gain direct access to midbrain processes for bottom up brain-body change
- SUDS Level (10-0)
- Location of activation in the body
- Location of eye position of greatest activity
- Focused Mindfulness (processing)
More information about Medical:
Medicine is the science and practice of establishing the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness.
Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease,
typically through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints and traction, medical devices, biologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others.
Medicine has been around for thousands of years, during most of which it was an art (an area of skill and knowledge) frequently having connections to the religious and
philosophical beliefs of local culture. For example, a medicine man would apply herbs and say prayers for healing, or an ancient philosopher and physician would apply bloodletting according to the theories of humorism.
In recent centuries, since the advent of modern science, most medicine has become a combination of art and science (both basic and applied, under the umbrella of medical science).
While stitching technique for sutures is an art learned through practice, the knowledge of what happens at the cellular and molecular level in the tissues being stitched arises through science.