BRAINSPOTTING: “WHERE YOU LOOK AFFECTS HOW YOU FEEL.”

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.

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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
Dr David Grand shares how he discovered the extraordinary effects of Brainspotting in 2003, its effects in therapy, and its difference from other brain-based therapies.
Listen to Dr Roby Abeles (Brainspotting trainer) share with Joel Chua of Thryve how Brainspotting has enhanced her clinical practice. Dr Abeles will be conducting the Brainspotting Phase One training (online) programme from 19-21 March 2021. (Note: This interview was recorded in late-2019.)

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

22-24 APRIL 2022 training is currently full. Please email programmes@thryve.sg to indicate your interest to be on our Waiting List.

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).

Introduction
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).

Synopsis
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.


Learning Outcomes
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 anxiety, depression, trauma, somatic conditions and more
• Demonstrate the theories and practices of 4 Brainspotting Setups.

Click here to learn more about the various Brainspotting training phases validated by Brainspotting Training Institute.


Dates: 22-24 (Fri-Sun) April 2022
Timing: 8:30am to 5:00pm (Singapore time) on all days
Duration: 3 full days
Mode of Delivery: Online (Zoom)
Trainer: Noula Diamantopoulos (Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific)


Registration Fees
Standard: S$1,155.00
Group (3 pax and more): S$999.00 per pax

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 in full)


About Noula Diamantopoulos (Brainspotting Trainer, Brainspotting AustralAsia Pacific)

Noula is a Brainspotting Trainer and Certified Consultant based in Sydney, Australia. She is a trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive psychotherapist interweaving mind/body psychology and creative processes to support and rebuild mental health. She works with individuals experiencing mental and emotion distress due to complex PTSD, DID, BPD, OCD, and relationship issues. In addition to Brainspotting, Noula is fully trained in Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR, full member EMDRAA), and Heart Math Trauma Sensitive therapy. Noula is also currently training in Somatic Experiencing (SE). She has trained and continues to be trained by Frank Corrigan in Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) and is certified in HeartMath – The Resilient Heart.


22-24 APRIL 2022 training is currently full. Please email programmes@thryve.sg to indicate your interest to be on our Waiting List.

For enquiries, please email programmes@thryve.sg or call/text +65-8427-6931 during office hours.