BRAINSPOTTING

What is a brainspot?

  • A brainspot is the location in your visual field that connects to the part of your brain where the unprocessed trauma lies. It is different for everyone and your therapist will be able to assist you in identifying where it is for you.

How will I feel after a Brainspotting session?

  • Expect to feel tired both mentally and physically. Processing traumatic events, although necessary, is never an easy process.

How many sessions of Brainspotting will I need?

  • Some people only need one session, while others need multiple. There are a lot of variables that can affect your healing journey.

Can Brainspotting help with chronic pain?

  • Pain is the body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Sometimes it can mean that there is a physical reason behind the pain, while other times pain can come from emotional distress. Brainspotting can help alleviate pain that is emotionally based.

How long has Brainspotting been around?

  • Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by David Grand. It is similarto another popular therapy technique known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

Brainspotting

Here at Journey Through Counseling, we take a holistic approach to overall well-being. The mind and body are closely connected, and we understand the importance of healing and recovery for both.

We incorporate a new and innovative therapy technique known as Brainspotting to assist in the healing process. Brainspotting utilizes the brain-body connection and has been shown to reduce the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Purpose

  • Unprocessed trauma can cause lots of issues for a person, both mentally and physically.
  • Parts of the brain are linked to certain areas in your field of vision.
  • With Brainspotting, the therapist can use the position of your eyes to activate the specific portion of the brain where your unprocessed trauma lies and
  • begin the healing process.

What to Expect in a Session

Your therapist will instruct you to follow a pointer while thinking about the target traumatic experience to determine where in your brain the trauma lies. Once the therapist determines the spot, they will have you continue to look in that area in your visual field. While maintaining the eye position, your therapist will begin to ask a series of questions pertaining to your experiences. You will be asked to describe the emotion attached with the experience, where in your body that emotion is held, and to rate the emotion on a scale of 1 to 10.

Outcomes

  • There can be several unexpected emotions come out during a session.
  • Processing can continue to occur several hours or even a day after your session.
  • The end goal is to get you to a healthier state of mind by dealing with any unprocessed trauma holding you back.

Our Trained Professionals

LeeAnn Horton LPCC-S, NCC

LeeAnn Horton is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor working mainly with adolescents and adults. She specializes in trauma and addiction related work, with a passion for healing the wounds of those in the wake of the disease. She also, has experience working with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, sexual identity, trauma, dissociative identity disorder, and PTSD. Her therapeutic style consists of a myriad of theories, with Choice Theory being most prevalent. She believes in using concepts and technique that empower individuals so they can acquire new skill sets while supporting current strengths.

Nicole Young LCSW, LCADC

Nicole Young is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor, who has over 12 years of experience working in Kentucky with a variety of populations. She has experience regarding depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, relationship difficulties, and addiction & recovery. Ms. Young specializes in working with people who have substance related problems, and those who love them, empowering them to live healthier lifestyles.

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