“Where you look affects how you feel. ” - David Grand, PhD
WHAT IT IS
Brainspotting (BSP) is a tool Stillpoint uses in therapy to help you heal from traumatic experiences. We believe for healing to occur, the brain, mind and body must be integrated. BSP supports your brain and body's natural ability to scan and heal itself. Using a brain spot allows you to integrate the neural pathways, or information highways, of the brain along with the emotional and physical experiences that are triggered when certain topics or issues are engaged.
WHEN BSP IS USED
Trauma occurs when you are overwhelmed by something outside of your control. Trauma damages neural pathways in your brain and leaves behind trauma capsules that interrupt your ability to function.
BSP allows us to use your visual field to access the damaged neural pathways. By processing through the physical, emotional, and mental stuckness, we can release the trauma capsules in the subconscious part of your brain.
UNDERSTANDING OUR BRAIN
BSP is a physiological approach that can impact mental, physical and emotional processing in a healing way. To understand how BSP can help, together, we need to understand the basics of how the brain functions.
BSP WITH KIDS AND TEENS
At Stillpoint, we recognize how overwhelming and activating school, relationships, mental and emotional struggles, and even their age and stage of development can create significant issues for the individual and their family.
Within the brainspotting community, there are two professionals, Rev. Dr. Martha Jacobi and Mag. Monika Baumann, who developed an international training on using BSP with kids and teens. To learn more about Martha and Moni, check out their website. In the fall of 2019, Jenna Corcoran completed this training and has been using brainspotting with kids, teens and members of their family unit to support their growth and healing. If you are wondering how this process works and want to learn more please contact us!
Brainspotting With Kids
Jenna and Josh are talking about Brainspotting with Kids. There is a lot to consider when seeking therapy services for your children and teens.
Brainspotting with the Stillpoint Team
Abbey and Josh invited Beth and Jenna to join them to explore the topic of Brainspotting! What is Brainspotting, how does it work, who would benefit from this processing tool?!
Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change - David Grand, PhD
Learn more about the process and research associated with this therapy tool: brainspotting.com
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If you are ready to explore the possibility of healing from traumatic experiences within your life story, we are here to help.
The stillpoint to me, is the acceptance of life as it is.
When you have conflict in your relationship, yay that's good, now is the time to get to work.
Change that comes so quickly and without warning creates feelings of loss, grief, fear, and insecurity.
My child has trouble making friends. I want opportunities for him to be with other kids.
One thing I know personally is if I get stuck in a boundary that is continuously overwhelming or repetitively suppressing it will become my normal and my mind, body, and experience of joy are dampened and depleted.
There is a “window of opportunity” for each of us to respond, instead of reacting, to the TRIGGERS around us. It requires a PAUSE.
Imago helps you jump out of those pathways, out of protection, into connection where you relearn how to talk to each other.
My teen says, 'I want to play games, have fun and be myself.'
We have the presence of mirroring clients without actually saying their words, silent mirroring. It's about presence, I am with you.
Take a moment to PAUSE. TAKE A BREATH. LOWER YOUR VOICE. RELAX YOUR BODY.
When you feel those feelings in your body, it is time to RELAX and SELF-REGULATE. TAKE A BREATH. Slowly, exhale and then slowly inhale. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
I want to be supported by other parents and the community who share a common goal for kids who are different.
The Imago work was a process of me healing, learning how to pick better, differently that got me into the relationship I am in now, things are really good.
You then are able to recognize the difference between FEELING unsafe and BEING unsafe. You are no longer caught in the FROZEN IN FEAR cycle. You can choose your RESPONSE, and find your way to growth and freedom.
For me, once the tears start flowing, my silence is broken. After the silence is broken, I am able to process with curiosity whatever is attached to those tears.
The most important thing for people to know about Imago is they get to discover who they are and build a community of connection around them.
We lose what we once were, in order to become what we will be.
Imago teaches us how to be ourselves and how to be okay with our partner being different than us, and how that doesn’t take away from our relationship but adds to it.
There is no creativity without healing, and no healing without creativity.
It supports us in remembering that we are loved, and we are the love, joy, curiosity and openness that our partner(s) have been searching for - to heal together.