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Brainspotting

Release the hold of trauma and stuck emotions for good. Open up to emotional freedom, intuitive connection, and joy.

One-on-one virtual sessions via Zoom.

Rooted in neurophysiology and a more intuitive, energetic derivative of EMDR, Brainspotting is a powerful method for processing and releasing deep trauma held in the body and the brain. My virtual, one-on-one Brainspotting sessions guide you through a profound release of pain, trauma, and stress, and open you up to emotional freedom and alignment with your true self and intuition.

Most clients experience unprecedented relief in just 1 session, and profound or even complete alleviation after 4 to 6 sessions. Sessions are held via Zoom.

​Whether it's traumatic loss or adverse childhood experiences that you are navigating, or feelings of stuckness, hopelessness, insecurity, being not good enough, perfectionism, anxiety, or depression, my blended approach of working with the deep brain plus opening up to one's soul, spirit, and intuition offers profound healing of the past alongside an expansive, positive opening to the future.

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What is Brainspotting?
How is it different?

Brainspotting is a cutting-edge, evidence-based, neuroscience-meets-intuition method for deep healing of trauma, challenging emotions, and limiting beliefs. A derivative of EMDR, Brainspotting is fast-acting and the results are lasting; once the emotions and symptoms of trauma are released, they are fully completed. In other words, the symptoms and the emotional distress are gone... For good. Most clients experience at least alleviation of their symptoms after just 1 session, and even those with complicated trauma experience a profound or even total release in 4 to 6 sessions. ​The client is completely conscious during a Brainspotting session, and is an active agent in their healing. So, how does it work? Brainspotting uses the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain — i.e., the deep emotional and subconscious center. This is the more primitive part of the brain where emotions, memories, and involuntary brain/body reactions to trauma and feelings are housed. This part of the brain is not accessible through talking or logical thinking. This is why cognitive-based therapeutic approaches like talk therapy, as well as views like "pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps" and telling ourselves to "just get better," don't work. When we do that, we're using the rational part of the brain and completely bypassing the emotional brain, where how we feel and what happened to us are stored. What kinds of issues can be healed and alleviated through Brainspotting? As for what to work on in Brainspotting, it can be an event (like the loss of a loved one or a childhood trauma), an experience (like insomnia or binge eating), a negative belief (like "I'm not loveable" or "I'm a bad person"), or an emotion/emotional experience (sadness, anxiety, anger, depression, etc.). More often than not, those experiences will overlap. Thankfully, we don't need to know why or how; because we're working in the subconscious, irrational part of the brain in Brainspotting, we don't need to understand all the pieces in order for the modality to alleviate them.  What makes Brainspotting different than other approaches? ​Brainspotting is different from mainstream methods like talk therapy and cognitive-based behavioral approaches in several ways. Those therapies are rooted in talking and rational thinking — activities that are governed by the prefrontal cortex, i.e., humans' cognitive, analytical mind. Talk therapy can offer relief by allowing the client space to offload by talking. Talk therapy can also provide important information by way of psychoeducation. But in terms of treating the emotions and bodily expressions of trauma (think: anxiety, sadness, grief, and even some physical health issues like IBS, muscle tension, and TMJ), cognitive-based approaches miss this mark. This is because such approaches target the prefrontal cortex, a totally different part of the brain than where trauma is stored. In fact, rationality may even exacerbate distressing emotions by silencing them, stuffing them down, overexplaining them, or trying to logify them away. What is more, when emotions aren't alleviated by talk and logic, we tend to blame ourselves for not "feeling better." This just makes us feel worse. ​On the other end of the spectrum are somatic approaches to trauma healing, like breathwork and energy healing. Like Brainspotting, somatic and energy-based treatments help alleviate stress in the body. But somatic and energetic treatments do not explicitly address root causes — i.e., the subconscious emotional imprints and memories of traumatic events. As such, somatic treatments address the bodily symptoms of the trauma, but by design, do not engage the part of the brain where root causes lie. By working in the emotional subcortical brain, and through deep attunement between the practitioner and the client, Brainspotting allows difficult emotions to fully process and release. In a relatively short amount of time, pain is let go and space is created for light, joy, expansion, curiosity, and emotional freedom.

How Brainspotting Helped Dr. Lenore Heal

Through Brainspotting, I found lasting healing for complex grief and traumatic loss. The release was profound, fast-acting, and truly complete, unlike anything I'd tried before.

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In 2020, I lost my late husband to suicide. The trauma of his unexpected passing shattered me. For years after my loss, I tried countless cognitive-based, mind/body, spiritual, energetic, and somatic healing methods. These tools yielded varying degrees of relief, and were what I needed at the time. But despite the endless healing work, deep pain and tremendous dysregulation continued to linger underneath. Four years into my healing and I still felt anxious, sad, not good enough, and profoundly lonely. I cycled through spells of extreme highs and lows. I felt stuck. Hopeless. I felt like I was fighting every day. I had bouts of not wanting to be here anymore, and wondered if part of me would always feel that way. Then I found Brainspotting. And my life completely changed. After only a few sessions, I experienced a completely new way of living unlike anything I’d ever felt before. For the first time since my late husband passed — and really for the first time in my life — I felt truly free. There was a levity, ease, balance, and flow to life. I felt excited for the future, at peace with the past, and so much more connected to other people, and to myself. ​After receiving Brainspotting treatment, I realized I had been holding on to deeply repressed and supressed emotions without even realizing it. Some were related to grief, and many stemmed from childhood. Without reliving those emotions and memories (as is often done in cognitive-based talk therapy), Brainspotting allowed the difficult emotions and memories to come to full completion and release. In turn, the behaviors, thoughts, and beliefs that came with them shifted. Years of profound sadness, anxiety, loneliness, self-loathing, and perfectionism — thanks to Brainspotting, they're simply no longer there. What is there in their place is joy, levity, presence, compassion for what I went through, and excitement for the future. Even the sadness of grief is completely gone — something almost unheard of for survivors of suicide loss and partner loss. I also feel so in tune with my spirit and intuitive self. I feel aligned. It's not that my experiences and memories have been erased or bypassed; it's that the emotional charge around them is gone. I can hold what I've been through with understanding and compassion, rather than being overwhelmed by the experiences and emotions. Most importantly, the effects of Brainspotting have been lasting. Once traumatic imprints and memories have been fully released from the subconscious, the body and brain are forever changed for the better. Over time I noticed that when subsequent challenges arose, I innately handled them in a grounded, healthy way. I'm no longer triggered and don't spiral like I did before. Brainspotting has completely changed how I live and operate in the world. I got my life back — but my life, 2.0.

Brainspotting with
Dr. Lenore 

My Approach:

Blending Neuroscience with Intuition and Spirituality

Trauma healing is unique to each individual and for many, it is a deeply soulful experience. I bring a grounded, non-dogmatic, non-judgmental approach to my sessions, including spiritual and intuitive aspects that may emerge in the healing process.

I hold a PhD and Master's (MSW) in Social Work and specialize in grief, trauma, and brain/body/spirit healing modalities. I received Brainspotting training from the Pacific Trauma Center in California, a leader in the field. I am also trained in Somatic Experiencing, meditation for trauma, and trauma-informed yoga. Further, I am a survivor of suicide loss and a young widow, as well as an advocate for survivors of child abuse and sexual abuse, and have received specialized training to support clients navigating these experiences.

In addition, I am an expert in intuitive and spiritual awakenings, particularly in contexts of trauma and grief. This is my own experience, as my intuitive abilities awoke when my late husband passed away. I am trained in reiki (certified Level II) and in psychic mediumship. I have also pursued specialized training in Brainspotting with Intuition and Spirituality, which incorporates intuitive development and spiritual techniques to expand clients' Brainspotting sessions. 

For clients interested in bringing in a spiritual approach, this can be added to enhance the positive emotional benefits experienced in Brainspotting. 

For clients strictly seeking trauma healing and not interested in spiritual modalities, that route is also available and will absolutely be respected.

Logistics

Session Length:

Brainspotting sessions are 60 minutes long.

Location: 

Sessions take place online via Zoom. For clients on O'ahu, Hawai'i (where Dr. Lenore is located), it may be possible to arrange in-person sessions.

Cost:

The cost per session is $180 USD. I do not take insurance at this time.

Number of Sessions:

The number of sessions clients need varies but tends to be 4 to 6. However, for some clients, just 1 session is sufficient. I will check in with you after the first session to help you gauge whether more are needed.

With each session, layers are peeled back. After the heavy lifting around trauma healing is completed, some clients return for sessions on a monthly or as-needed basis to focus on positive emotional expansion, spiritual exploration, and/or intuitive development. In these later sessions, after the trauma has been processed and released, we focus on infinite expansion — meaning, really bringing in the good!

Frequency of Sessions:

While the frequency of sessions is up to you, I recommend booking sessions weekly or every other week to keep up with the momentum of healing. You are welcome to try one session and see how it lands before scheduling additional ones.

Option to Incorporate Spirituality and Intuition:

For clients interested in bringing in a spiritual approach, this can be added to enhance the positive emotional benefits experienced in Brainspotting. For clients strictly seeking trauma healing and not interested in spiritual modalities, that route is also available and will absolutely be respected.

Adult Clients:

Currently, I only work with adults 18 years and older. I do not offer Brainspotting for children at this time. 

Cancelations and Rescheduling:

Cancelations and rescheduling must be made at least 24 hours in advance, and must be done through the automated appointment confirmation sent directly to the client.

Issues Addressed in Brainspotting Sessions

I have worked with Brainspotting clients on issues including:

  • Anxiety

  • Body image challenges

  • Career stuckness

  • Childhood trauma

  • Divorce and separation trauma

  • Effects of bullying

  • Fear

  • Feeling lost

  • Feeling stuck

  • Feelings of abandonment

  • Grief and loss

  • Guilt 

  • Loneliness

  • Negative and limiting beliefs

  • Parenthood stress

  • Perfectionism

  • Sadness

  • Self-criticism

  • Sexual trauma, assault, and abuse

  • Shame

  • Stress

  • Spiritual and intuitive development stuckness

  • Suicide loss

  • Traumatic loss

  • Widowhood

  • And other issues.

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Schedule Your Brainspotting Session

To schedule a Brainspotting session, please complete the form below. This will help clarify your needs and goals, gauge the number of sessions you may need, and determine client/practitioner fit.

Once you have submitted the form, my team and I will contact you within a week or less with availability and the next steps. Kindly note that I maintain a limited caseload and accept clients based on availability and client/practitioner fit. We want to make sure that the energy is right between us to ensure the most effective healing for you! If I am not the right practitioner for you, I will provide you with resources to help you find one who is.

Brainspotting Intake Form

Complete the form below to schedule your Brainspotting session. Dr. Lenore and her team will be in touch within a week with scheduling and next steps.
Are you interested in bringing spirituality and/or intuitive development into your Brainspotting sessions?
Sessions take place online via Zoom. However, in-person sessions may be possible for clients living on O'ahu, Hawai'i (where Dr. Lenore is located). Given that, select the option that best describes your needs:

Your form has been submitted! Dr. Lenore and her team will contact you within a week with information on the next steps.

Want to learn more?
Check out this informational video.

Brainspotting FAQ

All you need to know about Brainspotting sessions with Dr. Lenore.

  • How do I book Brainspotting sessions with Dr. Lenore?
    To schedule a session, first complete the form above. This helps determine your needs and goals, and helps Dr. Lenore get a feel for your work together. Once you have submitted the form, Dr. Lenore and her team will be in touch within a week or less with availability and next steps on beginning your sessions.
  • What kinds of issues can I heal in Brainspotting?
    Broadly speaking, Brainspotting alleviates distressing emotions, traumatic events, and limiting beliefs. Specific issues I have worked with clients on include: Grief and loss (including widowhood, suicide loss, and other forms of traumatic loss) Childhood trauma Sexual trauma, assault, and abuse Body image challenges Effects of bullying Divorce Parenthood stress Emotional stuckness Anxiety Stress Sadness Loneliness Self-criticism Perfectionism Guilt Fear Shame Feeling lost Career stuckness Negative and limiting beliefs Spiritual stuckness Intuitive development stuckness And others.
  • How does Brainspotting work for trauma healing? How does it work for intuitive development?
    By working in the subconscious mid-brain, and accessing it through the visual plane, Brainspotting allows deep-seated emotions, memories, and body-based reactions to process and release. After just one session, most clients feel at least some relief. After 4 to 6 sessions, even deep trauma is let go. With regard to intuitive development and Brainspotting, some clients may have intuitive and/or spiritual experiences in Brainspotting. This can happen spontaneously (for example, feeling the presence of a higher power or sensing or seeing a lost loved one while in the session). This can also happen deliberately, by setting the intention of the session to connect to a spiritual or intuitive energy. As a trained psychic medium and reiki healer whose mediumship awoke when we late husband passed, as well as a trauma-informed social worker, Dr. Lenore is prepared to work solely in the realm of trauma as well as the spiritual world. For clients seeking an intuitive and/or spiritual edge to their Brainspotting sessions, that option is available. For clients not interested in intuitive or spiritual approaches, that will be respected completely.
  • What are the benefits of Brainspotting?
    By addressing deep-seated trauma in the brain and body, Brainspotting leads to lasting, profound change and emotional freedom in a relatively short amount of time. One study found that participants experienced a reduction in PTSD, anxiety, and depression symptoms within a few sessions. [1] Other benefits include: a reduction in pain, memories become less painful, negative thought patterns are reduced, better sleep, and increased energy. [2] In my own experience, Brainspotting allowed me to process and move forward from deep-seated emotions of traumatic grief and loss. Following the unexpected loss of my husband to suicide, I experienced years of deep grief, sadness, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness, anger, fear, and a feeling of general lostness. Grief opened up the door to older wounds as well: body image issues, pain caused by early childhood bullying, perfectionism, and self-loathing. Thanks to Brainspotting, the sadness of grief, the visceral anger, the guilt, anxiety, disconnection, loneliness, and hopelessness I felt are all completely gone. In the place of difficult emotions, for the first time in my life, I feel fully alive. Today, I feel present, balanced, and very in my body and skin. Life is joyful and full of light. It's almost as if I'm seeing the world through a lens that for so long was covered in sludge. [1] Hildebrand A, Grand D, Stemmler M. Brainspotting – the efficacy of a new therapy approach for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in comparison to eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2017;Vol 5:No 1 (2017). https://doi.org/10.6092/2282-1619/2017.5.1376 [2] Blanchfield, T. What to Know About Brainspotting Therapy. Very Well Mind. January 16, 2024. https://www.verywellmind.com/brainspotting-therapy-definition-techniques-and-efficacy-5213947#citation-4
  • How is Brainspotting different than talk therapy and other cognitive-based approaches? What about other somatic methods?
    ​Brainspotting is different from mainstream methods like talk therapy and other cognitive-based behavioral approaches in several ways. Those therapies are rooted in talking and rational thinking — activities that are governed by the prefrontal cortex, i.e., humans' cognitive, analytical mind. Talk therapy can offer relief by allowing the client space to offload by talking. Talk therapy can also provide important information by way of psychoeducation, which helps explain an experience in a logical way. But in terms of treating the emotions and bodily expressions of trauma (think: anxiety, muscle sadness, even some physical health issues like stomach aches), cognitive-based approaches miss this mark. This is because such approaches target the prefrontal cortex , a totally different part of the brain than where trauma is stored. In fact, rationality may even exacerbate distressing emotions by silencing them, stuffing them down, overexplaining them, or trying to logify them away. When emotions aren't alleviated by these methods, we tend to blame ourselves for not "feeling better." ​On the other end of the spectrum are somatic approaches to trauma healing like breathwork and energy healing. Like Brainspotting, somatic and energy-based treatments may help alleviate some of the stress in the body. But somatic and energetic treatments do not explicitly address the root cause of the stress: the emotions and memories of the traumatic event. As such, somatic treatments address the bodily symptoms of the trauma, but by design, do not engage the part of the brain where the root causes lie. The beauty of Brainspotting is that is works well with other approaches. The psychoeducational aspects of talk therapy, for example, help the client understand what was let go in Brainspotting and fold the new perspectives into their life. Brainspotting also complements mind/body, somatic, and energy-based work. In my experience, I still do the mind/body, energy-based, and spiritual/intuitive practices I turned to before to heal. The difference now is, thanks to Brainspotting, I'm not using those modalities to relieve my trauma or pain. Now when I use those modalities, they're intuitively focused on expansion and light. The benefits of other modalities are only enhanced with Brainspotting.
  • What is the difference between Brainspotting and EMDR?
    Brainspotting is a derivative of EMDR, and was discovered by Dr. David Grand, a licensed trauma therapist with decades of trauma healing experience, as well as an EMDR-trained therapist. Although Brainspotting is an off-shoot of EMDR, there are significant differences in the methods. First, EMDR tends to be more procedural in nature. Brainspotting is very different in that the practitioner is highly attuned to the client, and the practitioner and client are deeply energetically connected. Second, the eye movements differ in the two kinds of therapy. EMDR utilizes a rapid eye movement. After finding the activated spot in the client's visual field, Brainspotting holds the client's gaze. This allows for a deeper processing in the subconscious. Third, EMDR tends to focus on processing traumatic events. Brainspotting, on the other hand, is more versatile: it can be used for traumatic events, but it can also be used for alleviating challenging emotions, limiting beliefs, distressing memories, and other challenging feelings. The client does not need to know the source of the distressing emotions or reasons for them in order to heal them. Overall, Brainspotting tends to be more energetic and intuitive in nature.
  • Are there any side effects of Brainspotting?
    After a very deep healing session, you may feel foggy for a few days after. This is very normal; it is your brain coming out of the subcortical state and back into regular cognitive functioning. Another side effect that you may notice in early sessions is that after one layer of trauma is released, a different set of difficult emotions emerge. For example, one session may release feelings of sadness, but in doing so, feelings of anger then emerge after that session. If this happens, first, know that this is completely normal. Emotional healing happens in layers, and when one layer is peeled back, it makes room for other parts that need healing. Oftentimes those other parts have been deep inside for a long time but have been pushed aside, muted, and/or silenced. When we go through deep subcortical healing through Brainspotting, those parts are finally getting the chance to express themselves. You're allowing these parts to receive the acknowledgment and care that they've long wanted. This is an important part of the processing of difficult emotions, and of creating a new relationship with them. Allowing ourselves to feel the full range of emotions is allowing ourselves to be human. And so, it is important to let those parts "speak," rather than fight them and shut them down. Remember that these emotions are processing and it won’t feel like this forever. You're in the midst of transformation and creating a new relationship with the parts that have been so pained. If you find that new, challenging emotions emerge after a session, you might try the following: Take a few moments to yourself and take a few grounding breaths. Allow yourself to settle. Then allow yourself to feel the emotion that came up. Try not to push it away. Let that part be heard. And then ask yourself what that part of you needs to hear to feel loved and seen. It might be, "I see you." It might be, "you are so loved." It might be, "I'm here." In doing so, you are creating a new relationship with this part of you who was hurt in the past. Letting it feel heard and know that it's loved helps establish a new way of being, where that part is not silenced, but rather is given the space to heal.
  • Is the client conscious during the session?
    Yes, the client is totally conscious and an active agent in their session. The deep brain is accessed, but unlike methods like hypnosis, the client does not "check out."
  • Do clients have to relive or discuss details of their trauma in Brainspotting sessions? Do they have to remember all the details of what happened for Brainspotting to work?
    No, clients do not have to relive or recount the details of traumatic experiences in Brainspotting sessions. Traumatic memories or experiences may come up in the session, but the clients are guided through processing the emotions, not reliving the experience. On the contrary, most of us who have experienced trauma are reliving it daily without even knowing it. What Brainspotting does is end that constant reliving, that constant fighting the repressed memories and body expressions, and allow the emotions of trauma to finally be released. Furthermore, clients do not have to remember or even know the reasons why they feel how they feel. Brainspotting works by processing the imprints of trauma on our emotions and body expressions. It is not necessary to remember all the details of what happened in order for Brainspotting to work.
  • How long are sessions?
    Unless otherwise arranged, all Brainspotting sessions are 60 minutes long.
  • How many sessions will I need?
    The number of sessions clients need varies but tends to be 4 to 6 sessions. Some clients need fewer sessions, some need more. After the first session, Dr. Lenore will check in and help you determine whether you feel you need more. With each session, layers are peeled back. After the heavy lifting around trauma healing has completed, some clients return on a monthly or as-needed basis for Brainspotting sessions focused on positive emotion expansion, spiritual exploration, and/or intuitive development.
  • How far apart should I schedule my sessions?
    To keep up with the momentum of healing, I recommend to schedule sessions a week apart if possible, until the issues brought to sessions have completed and resolved. Again, for most clients, issues are resolved within 4 - 6 sessions (roughly 4 - 6 weeks). You are welcome to try one session and see how it lands before booking additional ones.
  • How much do sessions cost?
    Sessions cost $180 USD for 60 minutes. Currently, I do not accept insurance.
  • Do you accept insurance?
    No, I currently do not accept insurance.
  • Are all sessions held online via Zoom?
    Unless otherwise decided, all sessions are held online via Zoom. If you live on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i (where Dr. Lenore lives), arrangements may be able to be made for face-to-face sessions. You can indicate this preference on the Brainspotting Intake Form above.
  • What days and times do you hold sessions?
    Unless otherwise determined, sessions are held virtually by Zoom, Monday through Thursday, 2 - 9 pm EST.
  • What is your cancelation and rescheduling policy?
    Without exception, any cancelation or rescheduling must be done at least 24 hours in advance. This must be done through the automated appointment confirmation sent directly to the client. Cancelation or rescheduling cannot be done by emailing Dr. Lenore directly.
  • Brainspotting is an emerging evidence-based practice. Where can I read the research?
    Read current case studies and empirical research on the official Brainspotting website at https://brainspotting.com/about-bsp/research-and-case-studies/.
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