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  • January 12, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Northern Valley Catholic Social Services, 2400 Washington Avenue, Redding
1 NBCC clock hour of Continuing Education Credit is available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Non-members can purchase 1 Continuing Education Credit for $10.00


 “Brainspotting” is a cutting-edge, brain-based therapy to heal trauma in a powerful way.   It is a method for clearing trauma blockage, without the client having to talk about it and 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.”

About the Presenter

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.

Lunch is available ($5 donation is recommended)

For more information contact Redding CAMFT Program Coordinator, Scott La Fein, at        scottlaf@velotech.net

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