About Quan Shi, PhD
I am a licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience, a life coach, and a therapist and trainer of Brainspotting Therapy. My past training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, Object relations systemic family therapy, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, biofeedback and neurofeedback, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and most recently Brainspotting.
Brainspotting transformed my life. It offered a great deal of professional confidence and uttermost enjoyment in helping my clients get the most of their life! I can't imagine even thinking about this before! Brainspotting made meaningful and organization of my diverse background. It turned them into assets and resources. It bridges my biological and psychological perspectives; and it allowed for flexible, creative, and artistic integration of all the tools and expertise I've learned and developed. I am forever grateful to all my mentors for making me the most effective clinician that I can be for my clients.
WHAT IS BRAINSPOTTING
Brainspotting (BSP) is a fast and precise method to locate and resolve stress and trauma in the system. It finds the often unconscious activating neural networks that are responsible for human distress, pain, and suffering so they can be fully processed through in the present. This process restores health and happiness and enhances performance in whatever you do.
Brainspotting uses bilateral stimulation to assist “cleaning out” the dysfunctional activations. This will liberate our brain/body's natural healing power to relieve distress, pain, and suffering.
Brainspotting can be also used to “create and install” desired brain/body neural activation pattern that enhances the quality of life, peak performance in sports, testing, art and music, creative writing, and other areas of human pursuits.
David Grand, Ph.D. discovered the phenomenon of Brainspotting in 2003. He is an internationally recognized theorist, trainer, and lecturer and has devoted his life to advancing, expanding and communicating about the state-of-the-art tools available for healing trauma and enhancing performance around. Lisa Schwarz M.ED developed a Resourcing Brainspotting Model that is powerful and an essential tool for working with individuals with a history of severe dissociation and traumatization.
HOW BRAINSPOTTING WORKS
Brainspotting is one of the best weapons against toxic stress and negative life experiences which can "accumulate and freeze" in your brain and body. These experiences cause many emotional and behavioral issues including inability to perform optimally, pains, severe negative emotional states, and even chronic illness.
Stress and trauma (physical or psychological) clog our brain and body much like accumulated old files and running applications slow down a computer system. Our brain/body parts carrying the trauma become increasingly unavailable to deal with the present. Further problems arise when trauma is triggered by certain current issues/problems and being "replayed". Our perception, judgment, and reaction to the current issues are being "colored, confused, and enmeshed with" past events associated with the trauma often without our awareness. Hence, we experience magnified stress, fear, anxiety, depression, irritation, frustration, and anger. As a result, we suffer irrational thinking, feeling, and behaviors that are not in our best interests. This process, if prolonged, will lead to neuronal and other physiological changes to form chronic illness.
BSP helps to reclaim your life. It zooms directly into the brain/body parts carrying trauma. It "reprocesses", "releases", and "erases" these distresses returning the patient to optimal function. It frees up the resources of the brain/body and restores its ability to attend and experience the present.
As David Grand, Ph.D. described, "Brainspotting works by finding the eye position that coordinates with where the trauma is held in the brain. By gazing at a pointer in this eye position the brain/body processes and releases the trauma, sometimes with remarkable speed ... As a result, our re-experience of trauma, be it anxiety or fear or pain dissipates and we feel freed up enough to perform like our old selves."