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    Q&As

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    [First, BSP is not talk therapy, however, you have the opportunity to share your processing story with Missy, as well as share the reason for why you want to do BSP.] The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, BSP like counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Most mental health (behavioral) issues are connected to trauma, either by chronic developmental minor traumas and/or incident-specific trauma(s). Trauma stays with a person, regardless of when it occurred, and can impact negatively the person throughout their lifetime. Brainspotting (BSP) is a natural mental health solution, meaning our brains can rewire the fractured trauma memories. BSP is a neuroscience-based approach and not a traditional talk therapy. Most of my clients inform me they consider it “that next level” of therapy. The best way to learn how BSP can help you is to experience it.

    BSP can help you to “quickly” decrease your unwanted or triggered feelings that cause mood dysregulation, anxiety, panic attacks, freezing, numbing, intrusive thoughts, memory impairment, fears, shame responses, etc… while increasing your self-confidence and worth. It’s because the brain is wired to rewire. And, “We were never meant to heal alone”-Missy.

    I facilitate a multicultural, compassion therapy, trauma-informed therapeutic approach. Trauma is unique, similar to a fingerprint. Thus, I work within the worldview of my client as we collaborate to identify and shift mental defense mechanisms created on your behalf by your nervous system, as well as identify patterns if the trauma incident is unknown.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Please check out the website www.brainspotting.com for research and information.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek BSP therapy tool in the first place. Nevertheless, BSP is a short-term therapy but the tool only addresses one trauma at a time.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

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