What is the Difference Between Brainspotting and EMDR Therapy?


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Brain-based therapy is used to help clients who may want to explore different types of therapy outside of traditional talk therapy. This type of therapy can help assist the client with processing past traumas. If you're interested in Brainspotting therapy, B'well Counseling Services can help.


What is the Difference Between the Two?

EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, has been used since the 1980s. It allows individuals to tap into non-verbal information that is stored in different parts of their brain. Both EMDR and Brainspotting therapy revolve around the client's vision. EMDR uses eye movement as a form of bilateral stimulation while Brainspotting therapy requires the eye to be in a fixed gaze position. The gaze of the eyes unlocks insights that have not been recognized.


Is Brainspotting Therapy Better Than EMDR?

While EMDR has been around longer and is, therefore, better known, Brainspotting is quickly gaining popularity. David Grand discovered Brainspotting while he was training in other modalities and grew it out of his EMDR work. Brainspotting is more flexible and is often more powerful than EMDR methods, which means it'll look different for each client. Overall, a therapist and client will work together to find the position of the eye that triggers a specific emotional incident or response. Once the position is found, the client's brain will process this event. Brainspotting proves to yield faster and deeper results over EMDR because it's so adaptable. Therapists can work with each individual in their own way to find the "target and to customize the therapy sessions to work best for each individual. Another benefit of Brainspotting is that it is less stimulating than EMDR, which makes it a better fit for those who can become easily overwhelmed. Also, Brainspotting does not require much talking, so it is a good option for those who don't engage in talk therapy.


B'well Counseling Offers Online Counseling + Brainspotting Therapy

B'well Counseling Services is a mental health therapy practice offering a full range of therapeutic services including online counseling in Towson, MD and the Greater Baltimore area. We believe in helping people rekindle their curiosity and reconnect to their core selves so that they can truly be well. We value wellness and connection over happiness because we understand that being able to experience the full range of human emotions and experiences is what helps us heal and grow. At B'well, we are dedicated to creating a space for anyone who has ever felt unwelcome because of their identity, orientation, or expression.


B'well Counseling Services offers Telehealth Therapy Services. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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