A BRAIN-BASED, HIGHLY-RELATIONAL APPROACH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY
“I wish I had done this years ago…” — A Singapore-based therapist who recently completed Phase 1 in September 2020.
WHAT IS BRAINSPOTTING?
BRAINSPOTTING is a powerful brain-based approach to psychotherapy that helps access unprocessed trauma in the client’s subcortical brain. Brainspotting allows the therapist to locate points (“Brainspots”) in the client’s visual field through specific eye positions around which subcortical brain activity organises. Its goal is to bypass the thinking neocortical part of the brain in order to access the deeper emotional and body-based parts of the brain. We believe that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. Brainspotting is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship.
Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as Brainspots. Located through either one or both eyes, Brainspots are observed from either the “Inside Window” of the clients felt sense and/or the “Outside Window” of the clients’ reflexive responses (i.e., blink, eye twitches or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick breaths and subtle body shifts). Brainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. When a “Brainspot” is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found. This allows the Brainspotting therapist to locate and help the client focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions.
With focus and precision, Brainspotting is particularly effective in helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression, dissociation, and a variety of challenging symptoms. It can also help to strengthen resilience, used with performance and creativity enhancement, and be integrated with many other therapeutic modalities.
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW BRAINSPOTTING CAN ENHANCE YOUR CLINICAL PRACTICE
• Watch: An Overview of Brainspotting (with Demo) [Interview with Dr Robert Weisz]
• Read: An Overview of Brainspotting [GoodTherapy]
• Read: Using Brainspotting for Addiction [Addiction.com]
• Read: What is Brainspotting and How Does it Work? [Depression Alliance]
• Read: Brainspotting: Recruiting the midbrain for accessing and healing sensorimotor memories of traumatic activation [Medical Hypotheses Journal]
• Listen: Brainspotting and Trauma Treatment for Parents and Kids [Parent-Child Relationship]
• Listen: Brainspotting for Hidden Trauma [Foundations Recovery Network]
• Brainspotting International Official Website
• Brainspotting Training Phases [BSP International]
• Brainspotting Research and Case Studies [BSP International]
Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.Robert Scaer, MD (Author: “The Trauma Spectrum”)
David Grand is one of the most important and effective psychological trauma therapists now practicing, and his development of Brainspotting is a very important leap forward in helping people resolve trauma. Brainspotting is a remarkable, sophisticated, flexible addition to the therapeutic toolkit of any psychotherapist. I know because I use it regularly, and find that, combined with the psychoanalytic approaches I normally practice, the results are astonishingly helpful. Using it, one becomes amazed at the extent to which our traumas can be detected in our ordinary facial and eye reflexes, and how, by using these windows to inner mental states, many traumas and symptoms can be rapidly relieved.Norman Doidge, MD (Author: “The Brain That Changes Itself”)
BRAINSPOTTING PHASE ONE TRAINING
The upcoming run (25-27 June 2021) is organised by Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific. You may register directly by clicking HERE.
Registration Prerequisites for Brainspotting trainings hosted by Thryve: A minimum prerequisite for taking any Brainspotting training is either: (A) Practitioner Membership in a mental health practitioner organisation (eg. Singapore Association for Counselling, Singapore Psychological Society, etc.) which has standards by which the member must comply to retain membership, including: being up to date with meeting the standards for that member organisation’s ongoing professional development and professional clinical supervision requirement; or (B) a minimum Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (from an academic programme at least two years in duration) in counselling / clinical psychology or related discipline / psychiatry, and at least two years’ experience practising psychotherapy or a psychotherapy-related discipline in a professional setting, with appropriate clinical supervision requirements (documentation such as an employer’s letter or equivalent may be requested).
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. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with BioLateral sound, which is deep, direct, powerful yet focused and containing.
Brainspotting identifies activated eye positions designated as Brainspots. Located through either one or both eyes, Brainspots are observed from either the “Inside Window” of the clients felt sense and/or the “Outside Window” of the clients’ reflexive responses (i.e., blink, eye twitches or wobbles, pupil dilation, quick breaths and subtle body shifts).
Students will first learn the phenomenological approach that underpins strategies for Brainspotting, followed by strategies for identifying and processing Brainspots. Attention will be given to the utilisation and integration of Brainspotting into ongoing treatment, including highly dissociative clients. Brainspotting is adaptable to almost all areas of specialisation.
Brainspotting provides therapists with powerful tools which enable their patients to quickly and effectively focus and process through the deep brain sources of many emotional, somatic and performance problems
Brainspotting Phase 1 Training is a three-day programme. Participants who successfully complete Phase 1 will receive a Completion Certificate from Brainspotting Australia Pacific.
Through lecture, live demonstration and small group practice, participants will learn to do the following:
• Define the components of Brainspotting
• Learn and use the techniques of “Inside window”, “Outside window”, “Gazespotting” and “The Body Resource Spot”
• Define how Brainspotting can be applied to Trauma, Dissociation, Somatic conditions and more
• Demonstrate the theories and practices of 4 Brainspotting Setups.
[Organised by Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific]:
Dates: 25-27 June 2021
Timing: 8:0am to 4:00pm (Singapore time) on all days
Duration: 3 full days
Mode of Delivery: Online (Zoom)
Please CLICK HERE for fees and to register directly with Brainspotting Australasia Pacific.
Participants will each receive:
• [Book] “Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change” by Dr David Grand
• Pointer for Brainspotting Practice
• Brainspotting Phase 1 Training Handouts
• Completion Certificate from Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific (must attend all three days)
About Dr Roby Abeles (Brainspotting Trainer)
Dr. Roby Abeles is an accomplished, and in demand, psychotherapist with over 34 years of experience in diverse clinical, academic, government, and human services environments in Australia and the USA. She provides clinical supervision to therapist clients world-wide, is an international Brainspotting, Trauma and Addictions trainer. Her current private practice is based in Sydney, Australia where she provides Consultation and Supervision to mental health professionals world-wide. Her specialist areas of training are Brainspotting (Trainer in Australia, NZ & USA) Somatic Experiencing (SEP), Ego State Therapy, 12 Step, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and she is the co-developer of the MATES® Brain Regulation Program. She has also developed a specialist training in Brainspotting and Addictions called “The Crocodile Set Up” which she teaches to mental health practitioners globally. Dr Abeles has a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology, a Double Masters in Applied Psychology and Spiritual Psychology, and a BA in Psychology, specialising in Chemical Dependency Counselling. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT#36667) in California, USA, and a Clinical member of PACFA (20556) in Australia. Click here for Dr Abeles’ full profile.
The next run of Brainspotting Phase 1 (25-27 June 2021) is organised by Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific. You can register directly by clicking HERE
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