I am so happy to share this resource with you. I was introduced to this book through the closed Brainspotting with Veterans Facebook page. This book is a true gem. It is short, clear, straightforward. And although it is written by a veteran for veterans, it is adaptable and applicable to most humans with PTSD, trauma, triggers, addiction, performance blocks – it is such a great tool. And it’s only $0.99!
I continue to be amazed and humbled by how well both Brainspotting and I have been embraced by this new community I call home. When I arrived, there were no other BSP practitioners except for me. Now, as of May 20, we number 15!!
Please, click through everyone’s links and see who may be the best fit for you and your needs. And I am here as a local Supervisor and leader for this growing community.
I am so proud to be here and to see the enthusiasm and growth of this very special and powerful healing tool.
We have officially completed New Hampshire’s first ever Brainspotting Phase 1 Training. We were graced with 9 attendees, all more lovely and talented than the next. So now our Upper Valley Brainspotting community has grown – from one (me) – to 13!
What an amazing, huge, healing 3 days. What these photos don’t show is the network of support that made it all possible. Thanks to Center for Integrative Health for offering your space to us, to Oracle/Dyn for the loan of 12 of your comfy rolling armchairs, to Shauna Hill, Kimberly Knowlton-Young and Ariel Cahn-Flores for your very, very important assistance with food, business logistics, grunt work, and adding the voice of the newly trained BSP practitioner to the process. Thanks most of all to Deborah Antinori – she soldiered on even though she was in pain, after spending a lovely 4.5 hours checking out the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital Emergency department.
I am grateful to have had my first co-trainer experience as well. I am ready for more!
Personally, the most impressive piece is Deb’s dedication not only to her commitments, to herself, to Brainspotting, to me, but to the Upper Valley and specifically to my new collegial group of truly talented and amazing therapists. I feel so privileged to be a part of this healing community and am humbled by your wisdom and depth.
If you are looking for Brainspotting sessions in the Upper Valley, in addition to those listed above, this is the list of the latest set of qualified therapists: Miriam R. Osofsky, Ph.D. in Lebanon, NH; Mary E. Young, LMHC in Hardwick, VT; Beth Demers, LMFT in WRJ, VT; Carla D. Hancock, LICSW in Montpelier, VT; Courtney L. Bohen, LICSW in WRJ, VT; Nick Doolittle, LICSW in Norwich, VT; Susanne Haseman, MEd, LCMHP, CEIP-MH in Cornish, NH; Claudia Henrion in East Thetford, VT and Tricia Long in Hyde Park, VT.
I am pleased to announce that we have approval for a 3-day Phase 1 Brainspotting training here in Hanover, NH this upcoming May 4-6, 2018. This is a very special training, designed just for me and my new community here in the Upper Valley. This is not posted publicly as it is limited to this area (VT and NH). Please see the registration form below and come become a Brainspotting practitioner! It is a wonderful tool that enhances any current therapy practice you have, like CBT, DBT, IFS, Solution Focused, Psychodynamic, and the like.
If you have any questions or if you’d like to experience a session for yourself, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a SECOND Introduction to Brainspotting Workshop to the NH Seacoast region. It will be April 6, 2018, from 3-5pm and it will also have a refreshments/networking gathering afterwards.
It will be hosted by Naomi Rather at Whole Life Health Care, located at 100 Shattuck Way, Newington, NH 03801. You can register with Naomi directly at email@example.com or by calling 603-431-6677 x365.
I am excited to help bring Brainspotting to the Northern New England region. Please don’t hesitate in reaching out to me if another region is interested in a workshop as well.
To obtain the 2 CE hours that are available for attending this seminar, please register through R. Cassidy Seminars using this link.
If you want to attend and aren’t concerned with CEs, register directly with Katherine. See this flier for more details.
All healing professionals are welcome! There will be a networking and refreshments gathering afterwards.
Here is a video in both English and Spanish of David Grand, PhD, at the first International Brainspotting Conference in Brazil. He explains Brainspotting hypothesis and how it works in clear and accessible terms.
There is a tool I use to keep myself in as non-judgmental a stance as I can – and that tool is none other than my keychain. Yep.
Here’s the story. When I turned 30, my best friend gave me a birthday present. It was a sterling keychain from Tiffany’s. Pretty nice, right? But as I looked at the gift I noticed that the initials engraved on the tag were not mine, “KA” but instead were as pictured, “BS”. I look quizzically at my friend… ummm, a scratch-and-dent sale?
She says no, that she had the “BS” engraved on purpose. So I bite…, and she says it’s a tool she learned in Social Work school. That each and every one of us has our own “bullshit” and that no two people’s BS looks the same. And for each of us, our own BS is huge and difficult, personal and burdensome. It’s a tool to keep me (or anyone) in a place of empathy and non-judgementalism. Because if I judge someone else’s “stuff” as not a big deal, then I can’t see it from their perspective, and we lose connection. If I define their stuff to be “too”-anything, then I’m in judgement, and probably in a should-mindset that again keeps me disconnected.
It doesn’t mean that I have to understand or commiserate with the other person’s BS, just to be in acknowledgement of it. I think at the time there was a supermodel who was suicidal because they couldn’t lose 5-lbs. And I was very dismissive, saying things like “oh, come on now, really?” when my friend looked at me and I started to get it. To the supermodel, 5-lbs meant everything – like the cover of Vogue vs. a Sunday paper department store circular – whereas to me it meant nothing. But their BS is theirs, I need to acknowledge and witness it, and not judge.
And so still today, I carry this keychain with me every single day, for 20 years now, to remind me and to ground me as to how each and every one of us has our own BS and never to compare, minimize, or “should” all over someone else’s stuff. It actually works very well!
This powerful video from the Sandy Hook Promise foundation elegantly and powerfully demonstrates that where we look does in fact impact what we see.