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December 16, 2006

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John Koewler

Robin: I was in attendance at Dr. Grand's eyespotting training. Am glad to read of your success with this. I have found EMDR to be so not great when treating chronic pain, and so this is good news that brainspotting may be more effective. Would like to hear more about using it for this. Appears to me that brainspotting has a deeper emotional and somatic depth than EMDR. My patients like it, I think they perceive it as very powerful. thanks

Robin Shapiro

Hi John,
EMDR, rightly directed, can be great for chronic pain. Mark Grant writes about it. You probably know Tinker & Wilson's phantom pain protocol. By starting with when the pain started (the accident or surgery) then clearing all the memories of the pain and all the losses associated with the amputation, the pain often goes away within 4 sessions, especially if it's lower limb pain. Hands are harder, because they are more wired in more places. Read the chapter for more. I've used the PLP protocol to good avail on all kinds of chronic pain, not just PLP.
That said, I think Brainspotting has the option of being faster and deeper. My experiment had an "n" of 1, and I'm a very contaminated subject. My brain automatically went to when the pain started, all the losses, (dancing at Folklife, walking to work, walking with my husband to count the kinds of birds around Greenlake, sigh . . ), all the things I've tried to get better. But having taught the PLP protocol, I was programmed to go there.
Nevertheless, The pain is not going over a "2", even though I've been walking to the store from work every day (4 blocks, roundtrip.) And it hurts in a different place, closer to where it "ought" to. The pain is not being referred anymore.
I think that I processed faster than I would have with straight EMDR, but again, I had that expectation. I'd love to see what other Brainspotters are doing, and it they're targetting pain and it goes away, or way down. Please post and let us know!

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