Brainspotting therapy is the most remarkable and effective form of treatment I've ever encountered for relieving anxiety. It works quickly and creates lasting change.
Andy is one of only 10,000 mental health professionals worldwide trained in Brainspotting Therapy. As a Master Brainspotting International Professional, he has served as the training “client” for Brainspotting Pioneer, Dr. David Grand, Ph.D. (who is featured in the ESPN video clip below) for a sports related injury.
If you think about it, you always feel your emotions (anger, hurt, sadness, loneliness, fear, shame, guilt, gladness) somewhere in your body. If you feel excited you may get “butterflies.” If you feel fear, your brain tells your body to fight, flight or freeze (think: lion, gazelle, turtle) and it causes your glands to release adrenaline. Sometimes those intense emotional responses are quite necessary and even life-saving. Sometimes they are misguided and disruptive to our lives and relationships. As a focused-activation model of therapy, Brainspotting Therapy helps participants make sense of these triggers and reprocess them in more healthy and appropriate ways.
It is for those who struggle with:
– generalized anxiety (with or without panic attacks)
– sports related stress due to injuries, slumps, & mental blocks
– stage performance/public speaking anxiety
– auto accident victims
– victims of abuse
– Addictive behaviors
These are the clients who greatly benefit from Brainspotting Therapy and typically see results after the very first treatment.
Sports injuries sometimes present themselves psychologically as PTSD-type symptoms, and are very common among athletes. Our brains have a natural, protective mechanism called a “withdrawal reflex.” If you were to reach your hand out to a hot stove, your nerve endings would sense the heat and quickly send a message to your brain, telling you to pull your hand away to avoid injury. Athletes who have experienced accidents, injuries, shaming coaches and humiliating performances sometimes develop a “withdrawal reflex” on the field, on the ice, on the track, on the court, or on the road. But that brief withdrawal reflex is now a game-losing play, a missed opportunity, and the dreaded mental block. Golfers refer to this as the “yips.” When it happens, athletes often experience shame, frustration and even some mild depression due to the loss of identity and activity. Brainspotting Therapy helps athletes beat mental blocks and performance anxiety for good. Here’s an inspiring story from ESPN about Brainspotting with athletes.
In his Psychology Today article, “The Things We Fear More Than Death”, Glenn Croston, Ph.D. writes that surveys show humans fear public speaking more than death itself. (Additional surveys show that the fear of heights and insects are numbers two and three.) Public speakers, musicians, and stage performers can experience the exact same fight/flight/freeze responses that auto accident victims, combat soldiers, victims of crime, and injured athletes suffer. For the stage performer and public speaker, Brainspotting Therapy has been shown time and again to provide (in many cases) immediate relief and performance expansion.
“I wrote most of this album while in therapy with you. The Brainspotting sessions we had were life changing. Not only did they open my eyes and heart to identify my feelings and embrace grief, they also enabled me to turn haunting traumatic events into real life events that I no longer had to be afraid of. Brainspotting enabled me to face them. Not only that, but the therapy gave me actual tools that I could apply to every day life (I still use them EVERY day). After just three brain spotting sessions I was finally able to write a song about my dad. Until now, I’ve never been able to process that loss. One day after a session, I got home and wrote one of the most satisfying songs I’ve ever written. I was finally able to depict what it was like to lose my father. I attribute this song to Brainspotting. Thank you for educating yourself in the art of Brainspotting.”
– From a musician/client (identity kept confidential)
“Phenomenal! After our Brainspotting session I was back out there without any anxiety at all. It felt the same as when I was training last year. Thank you for spending so much time with me yesterday. I am quite impressed with the method and your presentation of it.”
– From an injured athlete/client (identity kept confidential.)
“Thank you again for meeting with me. I really appreciate you taking the time to help me. It’s been frustrating having this mental block against riding, and now I can finally enjoy it again.”
– From an injured athlete/client (identity kept confidential)