Your brain often pushes emotional pain, especially the intense distress caused by trauma, into the deep recesses of your subconscious brain. From there, it continues to negatively affect your life, even when you think you're over the trauma. At Tranquil Spaces Counseling, Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC, has extensive experience using Brainspotting® therapy to help you connect with the hidden emotions, bring them to the surface, and put an end to their power over your life. To learn more about Brainspotting, call the office in Norfolk or Plainview, Nebraska, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.
Brainspotting is an innovative therapy based on the connection between eye movement and your brain. Though it sounds like an unlikely relationship, your eye movement reflects certain brain functions.
Most importantly for Brainspotting, where you gaze (the position of your eyes), can tap into the area of your brain where traumatic emotions and memories are hidden in your subconscious.
When you have Brainspotting therapy, Traci identifies that eye position and keeps your gaze focused there while emotions and sensations rise to the surface. Traci carefully guides your therapy, keeping it balanced and safe by helping you to slowly remember and process the traumatic memories.
Unconscious emotions affect your current life. They make you angry, alter your memory, and cause mental health disorders. All the while, you don’t know these problems occur due to repressed traumatic memories.
As you remember the feelings and experiences, you release their hold over you and your mental health improves.
Traci primarily uses Brainspotting for patients recovering from trauma and PTSD. However, Brainspotting therapy can also help people who have:
Brainspotting may also help people get relief from chronic pain.
During Brainspotting, Traci moves a pointer across your field of vision and you follow it with your eyes. At a certain point, the direction of your gaze connects to your subconscious traumatic memories.
In many cases, patients can feel the emotions start to surface. But even if you don't, Traci sees changes in your body language or facial expressions at the moment the pointer hits your "brainspot."
In addition to guiding your therapy and ensuring you're not overwhelmed by the emotions, Traci may combine other techniques with Brainspotting. For example, she may incorporate bilateral stimulation, a technique that stimulates your body in a regular, left-right pattern.
You may wear headphones and listen to tones that alternate between your left and right ears. Or you might use a device that buzzes your shoulders, going back and forth between each shoulder.
Purposefully stimulating each side of your body engages both sides of your brain. This helps you relax and lets your attention flow with the emotions rising from your subconscious.
If you have questions about Brainspotting or would like to schedule an appointment, call Tranquil Spaces Counseling or use the online booking feature today.