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Can Brainspotting Therapy Help People with Childhood PTSD?


When we are children, we look to our guardians to protect us from all the dangers that lurk in the shadows of the world. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable people are harmed in a wide variety of ways, and as a result, they grow into adults with debilitating energy wrapped up in a PTSD diagnosis. In fact, according to The National Survey of Children’s Health, nearly 35 million children in the US have experienced a type  of trauma.

Many adults who have experienced trauma in their adolescence will seek traditional therapy methods, and many have reported no change in their outlook or general feeling. On the other hand, healing centers like Serenity Trauma offers brainspotting therapy for people with childhood PTSD, as well as other types of innovative therapies that have high successful treatment rates.

This article is intended to educate people who have experienced trauma as a child as to whether brainspotting might be the best treatment method for garnering a healthy recovery free from the fetters of anxiety.

What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Let’s start with the basics and get a good understanding of what brainspotting is, and what it entails. Brainspotting is a highly advanced type of trauma therapy that taps into regions of the brain that are often shrouded in the shadows of the subconscious and therefore isolated from our awareness. This type of psychotherapy incorporates a simultaneous approach of diagnosis and treatment in which eye positions associated with the memories of traumatic events that are stored in the brain are identified by the therapist. Developed by Dr. David Grand, brainspotting is an innovative treatment method for childhood PTSD, and everyone from Hollywood celebrities to your average person comes to Serenity Trauma in Malibu to take advantage of this type of therapy.

What Makes Brainspotting Therapy Successful for People with Childhood Trauma?

Brainspotting fortifies and enhances one’s internal resources enabling a tranquil, yet deep processing of work with every egress of childhood trauma via the lines of PTSD treatment. With the aid of a brainspotting therapist the brain’s control of the body can be ameliorated so that mental and physical healing is promoted.

How does Brainspotting Therapy Work?

Sad young female patient seen from above lying on the couch during a pshycological therapy session with a male pshychiatrist

Brainspotting has roots from somatic experiencing and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR). In its development Dr. Grand realized that when a patient recounts a traumatic experience from their childhood, one’s fixed eye position has firm associations. Through this discovery, brainspotting therapists can help clients access emotions that are buried deep below the layers of one’s consciousness and heal the physical effects of that trauma. We know that brainspotting works on the limbic system to influence a wide range of psychological points such as:

  • Motivation
  • Long-term memory
  • Emotional well-being
  • Cognition
  • Impulse control

When you contact Serenity Trauma for a brainspotting consultation, a highly trained specialty therapist will go over your history and work with you to determine if brainspotting is the best treatment option for your type of childhood PTSD or trauma diagnosis.

What Types of Childhood Trauma has Brainspotting Therapy Successfully Treated?

Serenity Trauma brainspotting therapy has worked to heal thousands of people suffering from a wide variety of trauma types that originated in their adolescence. Some of the more common types of childhood trauma that our brainspotting therapy sessions have treated includes:

  • Sexual abuse by a family member, trusted authority figure (priest, teacher, etc.), and stranger
  • Abductions / kidnappings
  • Physical abuse
  • Natural disasters (flood, hurricane, earthquakes, tornados)
  • Auto / plane / boating / motorcycle / bus accident
  • Rape
  • Witnessing a violent incident
  • Witnessing a death or murder
  • Experiencing the horrors of war
  • Family scapegoating
  • Bullying
  • Shootings (school shootings, drive-by shootings, or accidental firearm discharging)

These are just some of the types of traumas that our patients have experienced, and in many cases, people have experienced a combination of several of these. Every brainspotting plan mapped out by our trauma therapists is customized according to each individual person’s background, medical history, and unique experiences.

Call Serenity Trauma Today, Schedule Your Brainspotting Consultation

Now is the time to stand up and expel that trapped up negative energy that;s swarming through your body and mind. Our highly trained team of brainspotting therapists can map out a plan to help you reprocess everything that has happened to you and invite healing energy that will change the way you process your experiences and enable a happy life of love and fulfillment. Call today and begin the best chapter of your life’s story!

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Serenity Trauma Healing Center is state- and JCAHO-accredited to provide a multitude of proven psychotherapy services to clients with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our programs include weekly evaluations and start at two weeks long but can continue for timeframes recommended by our licensed experts. We accept many insurance plans. To discuss your situation and learn more about our treatment options, contact us immediately online or at the numbers below.