Brainspotting:

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Everyone has to perform in some way, everyday. Some performances are done alone and some while interacting with others. You are performing when you drive your car, whether by yourself on a country road or at the Indianapolis 500.


Our Center

Our focus is on improving your ability to perform effectively so you can accomplish your goals and live the life that you want. We not only work with high level athletes and other public performers, but with regular people who want to improve their ability to perform in their personal, social or professional life.

Our goal is for you to quickly remove your blocks so that you can achieve your highest level of performing. Your personal goal might be to reduce your anxiety and fear so you can commit to your romantic partner or your professional goal might be to neutralize a performance trauma and become a high performer on your team.

We focus on Brainspotting (BSP) as our core approach due to its effectiveness, especially with trauma. We also use valuable tools such as Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindful Creativity, Positive Psychology, Structural Thinking, and other approaches.

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Our Focuses

There can be many reasons for a person’s performance problems. Historically it has been believed to be:

  • Lack of focus or effort
  • Lack of motivation or commitment
  • Distracted by anxiety or fear
  • Analyzing or getting in one’s head
  • Low self-esteem or inadequate self-image

Although these things may play are part, often focusing on them doesn’t resolve the performance issue. In many cases there is one or more unresolved traumas that must be neutralized.

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Performance Traumas

Traumas: Most adults have had an event that still feels traumatic. Not necessarily a PTSD trauma, but an accident, failure, humiliation, illness, injury, loss, etc., that when re-experienced, is upsetting.

These painful memories become stuck in the mid-brain. In neuroscience this is known as a Freeze (Fight, Flight, Freeze). This causes the person’s mind to become blocked, resulting in both emotional and physical pain. Left untreated, this unprocessed memory can cause major performance issues.

Performance Traumas: Most performers have experienced personal and professional traumas that can undermine their future performances. They have missed their mark, interacted poorly with a fellow performer, or gotten in their head. They are physically and emotionally traumatic and build over time.

Sports traumas often come from accidents, failures, humiliations, and injuries. Traditional methods seldom help and traditional sports psychology has not accepted this reality.

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Performance Problems

Repetitive Sports Performance Problems, especially the yips, are caused by traumas. Brainspotting can effectively neutralize these problems, even the yips.

One sad example is that of Mackey Sasser, a starting catcher with the New York Mets. During the 1990 season he was aggressively run over at home plate. This was the end stage of a lifetime of trauma. His yips were obvious and he was mocked by the fans and the media. He would often have to pump his arm several times and sometimes he couldn’t release the ball without walking towards the pitcher. This effectively ended his baseball career.

Dr. David Grand worked with Mackey and in only three sessions, in one day, they got his yips under control. Watch the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, “Fields of Fear.”


Brainspotting

Brainspotting is a highly effective, brain-based, and client-centered approach. It is so organic, natural, and simple that it is sometimes referred to as magical. It mimics the way your brain and body normally process and resolve negative experiences. During the actual processing of a specific issue, you don’t have to share what that specific topic or event is or any details. This is the opposite approach of traditional talk therapy that is still used to attempt to process deep issues and traumas.

The Process

With the help of the therapist or coach you will identify and focus on the issue that you want to resolve or the activity that you want to improve or enhance. You will find your "brain spot," which is a point of focus in the visual field in front of you, and which is connected to the issue that you are processing. Every brainspot is unique to you and your specific issue. You will softly focus on your bsp while you feel your emotions and body sensations. This allows your brain and body to organically process your chosen issue to completion and with the best outcome for you. That outcome could be the:

  • Neutralizing a past traumatic experience
  • Connecting with useful internal resources
  • Expansion of a future performance

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Bi-Lateral music or nature sounds  is used to activate your brain and to relax you. Many advanced Brainspotting approaches may be used.

Brainspotting is used for:

  • Neutralizing Past Traumas: Brainspotting shifts and reduces the negative intensity of traumatic events by focusing on old neuropathways in the midbrain (the "unconscious mind"). Brainspotting opens up the ability of your brain and body to organically resolve the trauma and its negative memories, and the resulting performance blocks. Often this also processes the accompanying emotional issues, like anxiety, depression, relational issues, triggers, and physical pain. Unresolved traumas are a major factor in performance blocks. This is especially true with the condition called the yips.
  • Expanding Future Performances: Even if you are an accomplished performer, you can use these processes to connect with and expand your best performance; students, amateur and professional performers alike can benefit. This work is usually started in the office and sometimes it is more effective finishing the work at the location where the performance will be held. This expansion has two parts:

    • Brainspotting Your Inner Resources: Opening up and connecting to a mental-emotional resource state can be powerful and Brainspotting expands your ability to this. Common resources spots are: performance graphic
      • Calm Spot
      • Capable Spot
      • God Spot
      • Happiness Spot
      • Sweet Spot
    • Enhancing Your Performance: This process of focusing on finding and using your personal "success" brainspot, enables you to open up and connect with your inner “success” abilities. It enhances, even expands your ability to perform more consistently, at your highest possible level. After connecting with your "success" abilities, projecting them into a future experience, further integrates them into your brain and body.

The Experience!

My clients often share that they start with hope and apprehension, yet as soon as they experience the immediate effectiveness of brainspotting, their apprehension shifts to relief and appreciation. As they resolve each issue or trauma, their expectations for peace, closure and higher performance increase.

BSP has three parts:

  1. Emotional
  2. Physical
  3. Relational

Each play an important role.

Prior to the Brainspotting experience, many clients ask, “How will I identify the brainspot?” That is a good question. Identifying your brainspot will be much easier than you would expect. Some clients innately know where it is and point it out, while others need to explore and find it.

You are in charge of your processing experience and the therapist will help you as needed. The therapist’s main function is to be 100% present and witness your experience. As you start your experience you will want to relax and focus on allowing your brain and body to work for you. Whether or not you speak with the therapist is up to you, it is not necessary as the value is in your inner process.

Simply explained, we will locate your brainspot, which is where you most connect with the focus of your work. The therapist holds the tip of a pointer at the location that you have identified. Then you will be asked to keep your eyes softly focused on the tip of the pointer and mentally focus on the:

  1. Issue that you want to neutralize.
  2. Resource that you want to connect with and integrate into your future performance.

You will also be asked to feel the:

  • Emotions that go with your focus.
  • The location of the body sensations that go with your focus.

Your brain and body naturally move your mental focus and your experience to connect as completely as you are able to, and then move the issue in the direction that will help you the most.

When you feel finished, your process time will end.

“Where you look affects how you feel”
—David Grand, PhD, Brainspotting Developer and Trainer

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Staff

Founder & Director

Tom Rohrer, Ph.D., L.M.F.T.

Dr. Tom Rohrer

Dr. Rohrer is certified in Brainspotting with extensive training and experience. He was licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist in 1985, received his PhD in 2000, and earned a certificate in Sports Psychology in 2002. He has had decades of experience helping his clients resolve their issues, and improve their personal and professional performances. Read more about Dr. Rohrer.

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Coaching Client Recommendations

"I wish that I had known of Brainspotting in my playing days (three sports). Maybe I would have won more state titles." -- Patrick F., Athlete

"I Brainspotted a lifelong issue and in only one session, subtle adjustments were activated within a few days. I recommend Brainspotting." -- Jack V., Musician and Painter

"In my first Brainspotting session I neutralized the fears that ended my state championship baseball career. Next, I connected with my inner courage and I have already used this in my life! If only I had had Brainspotting back then." -- Jason Z., Athlete

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Clinical Director

Ann Schiebert, PsyD

Dr. Ann Schiebert

Dr. Schiebert is a psychologist who is certified in Brainspotting and the treatment of trauma. She has advanced training in both. She works in the Emergency Department and Chemical Dependency Department of a major HMO.

Ann has a series of books titled Let’s Make a Contract that can be found on Amazon.com. She also has a weekly radio show called Dr. Ann’s Relationship Radio. Additional information can be found on her website, www.drannschiebert.com.

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