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Brainspotting &
Internal Family Systems

Trauma & Your Brain

Trauma can have profound and lasting effects on an individual's brain and psychological state. When exposed to overwhelming or life-threatening experiences, the brain's stress response system, particularly the amygdala and hippocampus, can undergo significant changes. These alterations may lead to heightened reactivity to stressors, impaired memory consolidation, and alterations in emotional regulation. Additionally, trauma can disrupt the delicate balance of neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, contributing to mood disorders like depression and anxiety. Seeking treatment is crucial to interrupt the cycle of distress, as therapeutic interventions can help individuals process and integrate traumatic memories, restore a sense of control, and rebuild resilience. Addressing trauma through therapy not only fosters healing but also provides an opportunity for individuals to regain a healthier psychological state and move towards a more fulfilling life.

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Brainspotting & Trauma

What is Brainspotting and how does it work?

Brainspotting is a therapeutic modality developed by Dr. David Grand in 2003. It is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on identifying, processing, and releasing unresolved trauma and emotional issues that are stored in the brain. Brainspotting is particularly known for its effectiveness in treating trauma-related conditions.

The central concept of Brainspotting is based on the idea that the brain and body hold onto traumatic experiences in specific neural and physiological patterns. These "brainspots" are eye positions that correlate with the location of traumatic memories or emotional experiences in the brain. By identifying and working with these brainspots, therapists aim to access and process the stored trauma, facilitating the healing process.

The Process of Brainspotting


Establishing Safety and Connection

We begin by creating a sense of safety and identifying internal and external resources to support you.




Discuss an issue and assess the associated physical sensations and emotions.



We will guide your gaze to find a specific eye position or "brainspot" linked to the targeted issue.



We process where emotions, memories, or sensations linked to the brainspot are explored.

How do I know that Brainspotting is right for me?

When considering whether Brainspotting is the right therapeutic modality, several factors can guide the decision. Firstly, individuals experiencing unresolved trauma or emotional difficulties may find Brainspotting beneficial, as it targets deep-seated issues by identifying specific eye positions linked to emotional activation. Secondly, a readiness to explore and process intense emotions is crucial, as Brainspotting encourages the release of stored trauma through focused attention. If someone is seeking a therapeutic approach that integrates the mind and body for healing, Brainspotting may align with their goals. Additionally, individuals comfortable with non-verbal forms of expression, such as mindfulness and visualization, may find Brainspotting appealing. Will Therapy Services can assist in this decision-making process by connecting individuals with experienced therapists trained in Brainspotting. These professionals can assess individual needs, discuss the modality's benefits, and collaboratively determine the most suitable approach for a person's unique circumstances, ensuring a personalized and effective therapeutic journey.

What is the Difference between EMDR & Brainspotting?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and Brainspotting are therapeutic approaches aimed at addressing trauma, but they diverge in their methodologies. EMDR utilizes bilateral stimulation, such as rhythmic eye movements, to process distressing memories within a structured protocol. In contrast, Brainspotting focuses on identifying and processing specific eye positions, known as "brainspots," associated with unresolved traumatic experiences. While EMDR emphasizes continuous bilateral stimulation, Brainspotting may involve stillness, placing a strong emphasis on the therapeutic relationship and the attunement between the therapist and the client. Both approaches have demonstrated effectiveness in trauma treatment, offering choices based on therapist preferences and client needs.

Internal Family System

What is Internal Family Systems? How can it help symptoms of trauma?


Internal Family Systems (IFS) is a therapeutic approach that has proven to be particularly effective in helping individuals grappling with trauma. Developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz, IFS views the mind as a complex system of sub-personalities or "parts," each with its own unique emotions, beliefs, and memories. In the context of trauma, these parts often carry burdens that can perpetuate distress and dysfunction. IFS enables individuals to explore and understand these inner dynamics, fostering a compassionate and non-judgmental relationship with their various parts. By identifying and communicating with these inner aspects, individuals can work towards integrating and harmonizing conflicting emotions and memories related to the traumatic experience. This internal collaboration allows for a more balanced and resilient sense of self, empowering individuals to navigate their trauma with greater self-compassion and insight. Through the IFS process, individuals can gradually transform their relationship with trauma, promoting healing and a more cohesive sense of self.

How do I know that Internal Family Systems (IFS) is right for me?

If someone is considering Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy, a few key considerations can help determine if it's the right fit. First, an interest in exploring the inner self and understanding different aspects of personality is crucial, as IFS involves dialoguing with internal parts. Individuals with a history of trauma may find IFS beneficial, given its focus on addressing protective mechanisms developed by different parts. If someone desires a therapeutic approach that emphasizes self-compassion and is ready to engage in inner healing, IFS may align with their goals. Additionally, comfort with internal dialogue and appreciation for a holistic view of the self are essential. Will Therapy Services can assist in this decision-making process by offering consultations with experienced therapists trained in IFS. These professionals can assess individual needs, provide guidance, and collaborate to determine the most suitable therapeutic approach for a person's unique situation, ensuring a personalized and effective treatment plan.

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