EMDR and Brainspotting for PTSD Treatment
EMDR (Eye Densensitization and Reprocessing) and brainspotting are two related forms of psychotherapy that use the brain’s connection to visual stimuli to promote our natural ability to desensitize ourselves to painful memories. For patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), both EMDR and brainspotting have proven to be highly effective for reducing or eliminating negative emotions and reactions associated with trauma. The Brain Health Clinic is ready to assist our Sacramento area patients with both of these therapeutic techniques.
Efficiency of Brainspotting and EMDR
Brainspotting and EMDR are efficient forms of psychotherapy that are designed to limit or eliminate the emotional distress typically associated with desensitization therapies. Recall of specific events is limited to less than a minute in repeated short exercises. Rapid eye movements (with EMDR) or a fixed gaze (with brainspotting) assist the brain to localize the source of negative memories and to process them appropriately. In effect, these therapies help the brain to naturally “rewrite” the emotional relationship to negative events, based on the patient’s current life and situation, and not their historical traumas.
Choosing EMDR or Brainspotting
Whether EMDR or brainspotting is right for you can be determined during a free consultation with the Brain Health Clinic staff. In general, since EMDR is the more established therapy for PTSD and accepted by the Veterans Administration and most health insurance companies for reimbursement, new clients are started with EMDR. Where brainspotting is already preferred, or when EMDR leads to unwanted side effects, our psychiatrist begins with that therapy.
Read more about both techniques at their associated pages here on our website, or ask questions about your own situation by contacting the caring and helpful staff at the Brain Health Clinic on the phone or online.