Brainspotting for Addiction

Brainspotting therapy integrates everything we know today about the brain and the body to help individuals deal with trauma and addictions. Brainspotting is a client-led therapy that uses your eye position to locate, down-regulate, and process traumatic emotions, while creating safety in a highly attuned relationship with your therapist.

Crocodile - Addiction

How Do Addictions Start?

Addictive behaviors may result from some combination of early emotional dysregulation, attachment breakdowns, genetic predisposition, intergenerational traumas, or adverse childhood experiences. Our resourceful brains discover and attach to behaviors or substances that make unbearable thoughts or feelings disappear, albeit temporarily. Once we learn ways to get relief, we repeat the cycle over and over again, to our own detriment.

Who Developed Brainspotting for Addiction Treatment?

Dr. Roby Abeles from Australia, a 30+ year trauma and addiction therapist, applied Brainspotting therapy to addiction treatment and developed a “Crocodile Set Up”™ that helps people build new neuro-pathways to connect urges with consequences and support their addiction recovery.

How Does Brainspotting for Addiction Work?

Brainspotting therapy for addiction is a five stage treatment model. It includes:

  1. Stabilization skills development,
  2. Emotional self-regulation practice,
  3. Addiction recovery treatment,
  4. Unresolved pain and trauma processing, and
  5. Post-traumatic growth.

Part of the treatment involves connecting the sensations in our bodies linked to cravings with feelings of negative consequences, and later expanding our exploration of the future without the addiction.

Can I Try Brainspotting for Addiction with Elaine?

I trained in Brainspotting for Addiction with Dr. Roby Abeles and would be happy to talk to you about it. There is no need to continue to struggle. Please contact me for a free consultation.