I am a seeker. I love to learn and experience new things. Recently this has led me down new paths. New ideas about 'how' to heal. New ideas and training so that I may continue to do a better job with clients. Helping me to understand the wounded-ness of people. Helping me to 'help others' resource themselves, nurture themselves, regulate the nervous system.
Right now I am looking at these trainings: all different and yet all with the purpose of helping the client create balance and regulation in their lives. Create safety and nourishment of all kinds. Create the space that not only allows but encourages growth, courage, play, beauty. Forward movement...one small step at a time.
Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Over 10,000 therapists have been trained in BSP in the US, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
“Where we look affects how we feel”. Brainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the Brainspotting therapist to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. Brainspotting is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship. It has been shown that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found. Brainspotting can be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. Brainspotting is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many of the healing modalities, and can also be used for performance and creativity enhancement.
Here is a 3 minute video with a client explaining why she chose Brainspotting: vimeo.com/187493121
Next on this list - although no less effective or important - is training for clinicians in using the Polyvagal Theory in Therapy. A woman named Deb Dana has written a book called The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation. You can find it here at Dana's website: www.debdanalcsw.com/publications-and-interviews.php
I am excited to read the book and learn more about using the vagus nerve to help clients learn to regulate their systems.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also on my list. I have been using EFT, teaching it to clients and would like to learn more. Below is a resource to read about the basics with some links to further reading and understanding. EFT is a tool that is highly effective - look at the research - and can be done anywhere, anytime by the client. Therapist not needed! Here is that link: www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/types/emotional-freedom-technique
Take a look at the resources listed above. All are aimed at helping the client learn new skills and have new tools to manage and learn to decrease their systems, to regulate themselves.