September Café: Brainspotting – A Brain Based Trauma Therapy

  • 09/08/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Simpkins Family Swim Center – Live Oak Community Room 979 17th Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062


  • Non-member Registration (CAFE CAMFT w/CE Certificate Included)
  • Non-member Registration CAFE CAMFT (without CE)
  • Santa Cruz CAMFT Member Registration (CAFE CAMFT w/CE Certificate Included)

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Brainspotting – Voted the Most Effective Trauma Therapy By Sandy Hook Parents and Survivors, is a cutting-edge, brain-based therapy to heal trauma in a powerful way. Symptoms of unprocessed trauma, which include chronic anxiety, insomnia, numbing, and disassociation, are notoriously difficult to eliminate through talk therapy, since the overwhelmed brain is unable to process verbal information about the events. Brainspotting, a brain based method of clearing trauma blockage without the client having to talk about it, nurtures the client’s innate capacity for self-healing in a profound way. As an EMDR trained therapist, Lisa was astonished at the effectiveness of this focused treatment for trauma that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional and body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of challenging symptoms. She found that her clients responded better, and more quickly to Brainspotting. David Grand, PhD, discovered Brainspotting (BSP) in 2003 after spending years training clinicians in EMDR. He is the author of “Emotional Healing on Warp Speed” and “Brainspotting.”

Seminar Objectives:

Through lecture, a live demonstration and a short practicum, participants will learn to do the following:

  • Identify the basic principles of Brainspotting
  • Define how Brainspotting can be applied to Trauma, Disassociation, Insomnia, Somatic conditions, Anxiety, and Performance Anxiety, and shattered self-esteem.
  • Demonstrate the theories and practices of Brainspotting
  • Understand how this powerful modality can integrate into your current practice and increase your effectiveness with clients suffering with the issues mentioned above.

Presenter Bio:
Lisa Larson has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past nineteen years. After seven years in private practice doing Solution Focused therapy or “talk therapy,” Lisa experienced a traumatic event that transformed the course of her life as well as her therapeutic orientation. Within one three week period, both Lisa and her teenage son flat lined (clinically died) both from anaphylactic shock from two different allergic reactions. (Both have recovered). Lisa was acutely traumatized and found that no amount of talk therapy brought relief. It was only after two sessions of EMDR that she was back to being herself.

Inspired, Lisa began to train in the most powerful trauma modalities available. After being trained by the founder of EMDR she met and trained with one of the top EMDR trainers and her colleague, Dr. David Grand. Dr Grand founded “Brainspotting” after finding that fixed eye positions in his EMDR work dramatically increased the effectiveness of his trauma therapy. Lisa immediately recognized the powerful neurophysiological healing vortex Brainspotting taps into as she saw her severely traumatized clients heal quickly and permanently. She learned that her years as a talk therapist were missing the most crucial piece required to heal those with unresolved trauma, the body. Those with complex trauma and PTSD are enslaved by their own neurophysiology. True healing requires releasing the individual from the trapped body memories that trigger chronic fight/ flight or numb/ freeze responses. If left unresolved, the ensuing negative behavioral and thought patterns can cripple the traumatized for the rest of their lives.

A dream was born in Lisa. She was determined to do something about the unnecessary suffering of the traumatized. She opened Pacific Counseling and Trauma Center in 2012 and Pacific Trauma Specialists, a non-profit dedicated to offering cutting edge trauma therapy regardless of ability to pay. Lisa became a Brainspotting Trainer to teach other therapists how to bring lasting relief to their traumatized clients. She is passionate about teaching Brainspotting and letting the world know that trauma and PTSD are not something you have to live with. Brainspotting makes freedom, peace and joy possible for even the most severely traumatized.

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Continuing Education: Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Course completion certificates will be available to attendees at the end of the presentation.

The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Cancellation policy: There will be no cancellation refund for this program.

Accommodations for Disability: The Santa Cruz Chapter of CAMFT is committed to providing a presentation that is accessible to all who wish to attend. If you have a special need and plan to attend, please notify us at or 831.429.7786. Requests must be made one week in advance.

Grievances may be filed with the SC-CAMFT at or 831.429.7786.

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