When most people think of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) they drum up images of war veterans that have experienced horrific acts on the battlefield. But, there are various types of PTSD, and a number of experiences that can create post-traumatic stress disorder in a wide range of people. There are various types of therapies used to treat PTSD; a therapist must consult with the patient, diagnose the disorder, factor in the patient’s medical history and other points, and then determine the best treatment. One popular option: brainspotting therapy treats PTSD, and other mental disorders that touch thousands of people.  When you come to Malibu to meet with a therapist at Serenity Trauma, one of our expert therapists will meet with you and determine the best treatment plan, and brainspotting could very well be an ideal option.

What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting is an advanced type of therapy that taps into the parts of our brain that are typically shrouded from the light of our awareness. Brainspotting is a type of psychotherapy that provides a method for diagnosing and treating a patient that’s experienced trauma by notating eye position in tandem with traumatic memories housed in the brain. Brainspotting therapy bulks up and shines light on our internal resources welcoming gentle and contained deep processing work for those who suffer from attachment issues, victims of childhood trauma, dissociative disorders, and of course, it is used to treat PTSD. This is done by therapists who use methods that regulate the brain’s control of the body. Brainspotting is a popular PTSD treatment method that enables one to heal mentally and physically with grace and ease.

Brainspotting Enables Us to Reach Our Emotions at Great Depth Levels

One of the many thing’s therapists do to treat people who suffer from PTSD is to gently tap into the depth of one’s emotions, and to identify the adjoining roots. Brainspotting therapy enables therapists to do this and is a safe and highly effective option for doing so. Science has revealed that a fixed eye position is usually associated with the recollection of a traumatic event. Therapists at Serenity Trauma use Brainspotting therapy to help patients delve into the depths of their emotions and heal the physical attributes caused by the trauma.

Brainspotting’s Effect on the Limbic System

Brainspotting is proven to influence psychological factors in the limbic system. The limbic system is the portion of the brain associated with our emotional and behavioural responses, specifically with that one need for survival such as the flight or fight response, reproduction, and caring for children. Brainspotting works with the limbic system to positively influence cognition, impulse control, long-term memory, motivation, and emotional well-being.

PTSD can Create Addiction, and Brainspotting Therapy Treats This

Many people who suffer from PTSD form addictions and attachments. These addictions aren’t necessarily to substances like drugs and alcohol, but manifest in other toxic forms. PTSD can lead to an anxiety disorder, anger issues, chronic fatigue, impulse control problems, stress, ADHD, phobias, and other attachments that create negative feelings and reactions. Brainspotting therapy can treat these types of problems, brought on by PTSD, and many others. In many cases, brainspotting therapy for treating addiction brought on by PTSD can help people achieve that breakthrough by tapping into the depths of their emotions so they can begin to recover and fully heal.

What Will I Experience During Brainspotting Therapy for PTSD?

When a therapist performs brainspotting therapy to treat PTSD they are on the lookout for subtle reflex signs that point to a brainspot. The therapist uses a pointer and guides the patient’s gaze across their field of vision. The therapist is trained to identify the moment a brainspot is detected, and will notate its location. The therapist then uses the identified brainspots while leading the patient to recount the event while going into a deeper, detailed manner. During this process, the therapist helps the patient lock onto specific memories and reprocess them. This allows traumatic memories to be fully released enabling a more authentic healing process.

young woman suffering from impulse control and addiction disorder

How Many Brainspotting Therapy Sessions does a Patient Have?

At Serenity Trauma, after the therapeutic relationship is formed, the therapist will usually conduct two or four brainspotting therapy sessions. However, keep in mind that every patient is unique and has their own experiences, and for this reason the number of brainspotting therapy sessions can vary. In some cases, 10 brainspotting therapy sessions have been performed. The number of these sessions will be determined by the therapists based on several factors that are unique to each patient.

Call Serenity Trauma to see if Brainspotting Therapy is Right for You

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD or are undiagnosed but demonstrate the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, call Serenity Trauma to book a consultation with one of our exceptional therapists. Brainspotting therapy could be the ideal solution to unlocking your demons and clearing the path towards your ability to lead a happy, healthy, and fulfilled life. Call today and begin that journey towards becoming the best version of yourself.

**Announcement** On June 11th, our current electronic health system will transition to a new and advanced system to better serve you: Athena. Prior to the transition date, you will be sent a registration link to create a new patient account in Athena. If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your therapist, or call our office to speak to a staff member.