The first time I underwent a Brainspotting treatment, I did not know what to expect. Initially, I had gone in to combat anxiousness and fear related to a future major surgery. After the Brainspotting treatment, I felt so peaceful, my surgery was completed without incident and all my focus was on recovery and moving forward.
For my second Brainspotting session, I went in to overcome severe nervousness related to a large presentation I had to give. After the treatment, not only was I able to overcome this extreme angst, but I realized it was related to the first presentation I had to give back in 7th grade. Once I could let go of that specific incident, I found the anxiety move within my body and felt it linked with bullying episodes I experienced in elementary and middle school. Brainspotting not only helped me overcome these episodes I thought I had gotten past, but I have never felt so serene mentally and physically.
What has been most surprising is the lasting effects of the therapies. The therapy can be intense as my experience has led me to re-live some of those past hurts, but being able to finally let go of those episodes, has led to a healing that continues to be deep and lasting. After only two treatments, I feel more tranquil than I have felt in a very long time.
Now my anxiety only seems to pop up when there is another unresolved issue I seem to have buried deep within my psyche. But I know that I can go in for another treatment and be cured quickly. I feel more confident and more at peace with my own brain and body; those filters that those past incidents built are slowly disappearing. I feel more like me without the filters, and finally feel as though I am more open to people, events, and life that I held back from myself. Anyone can undergo treatment, I couldn’t recommend Brainspotting enough. R.C.
Today I saw Becky Stidham and it was the most amazing experience of my life. I was skeptical at first, but after a recent experience I had with former friends, I realized I had to do something about the constant pain and self-blame I felt in my heart. In addition, my concentration in work had been lost, and I had no motivation to continue what I used to be passionate about. Most of my thoughts were always directed to my darkest secret, an eating disorder I've had for ten years which I have mostly kept it hidden from others, it has been a black hole in my life that I kept falling deeper into. I also have suffered from anxiety and depression and take anti-depressants, but the medications have some horrible side effects. Previous therapies have not helped me. A friend referred me to Becky and she used Brainspotting to help me. When we started I had an anxiety level up to #10 level and pain in my chest. During the Brainspotting, my brain went back in time to countless experiences and relationships I have had related to anxiety. The experience is like nothing I have ever experienced. At some points I noticed all of the negative messages I say to myself, the pain in my chest seemed to come and go, and I began to have some positive thoughts and feelings. My processing took about an hour and after it was over, I could breath deeply without any anxiety. I know something is different (positive) and I FEEL JOYFUL and at ease with myself, I am no longer hearing the negative voices in my head that scream negative judgement, I know feel PEACE and this is truly an amazing awakening.
I have struggled with my weight most of my life and been in and out of therapy for an eating disorder on and off for twenty five years. My goal is be able to stick to a healthy eating plan without giving up. Recently, Becky Stidham used Brainspotting with me to try to get to the heart of my eating issues. I know I experience a sense of self-loathing after any binge eating episode. However, what I learned in the Brainspotting session is that the self-loathing is there ALL of the time and has been there most of my life. In this one session, not only did I have this realization, but the self-loathing is GONE. I've tried to conjure up this underlying feeling I’ve experienced most of my life and find that I can’t!
I had an appointment with Ms. Stidham for Brainspotting therapy. During the process many things came to mind spontaneously that had been forgotten for years. My anxiety level decreased while I was still in the office. Also, I am sleeping better. I will definitely go for another session.
Brainspotting allowed me to resolve a deep seated fear that I had not been able to previously identify but that I would feel when placed in certain social and personal situations. The feeling would manifest as a sharp pain in my mid-region even though the circumstances didn’t seem to warrant that level of reaction. I was able to connect this feeling to an event that happened to me as a very young child and now I have shined light on it and properly identify the true source of the fear.
Thanks, Ms. Becky for helping me smooth another wrinkle in my psychic rug.