Episode 52 – Types of Therapy: Somatic Experiencing and other popular techniques (Pt. 2)

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Have you enjoyed learning about the different types of therapy ? Are you looking to gain insight into your life? Are you interested in learning more complex techniques?

In this episode of The Shrink Think podcast, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences with brainspotting and other popular techniques.

In This Episode


  • What is Somatic Experiencing?
  • What is neurofeedback?
  • What is brainspotting?
  • How can therapists best perform these techniques?

What is Somatic Experiencing?

  • A body-centered approach to treating PTSD
  • Rather than focusing only on thoughts or emotions associated with a traumatic event, it expands to include the natural bodily (somatic) responses.
  • First conceptualized by trauma therapist Dr. Peter Levine in the 1970s and in the years since it has come to be considered a leading-edge therapy for PTSD, with over 12,000 healing professionals trained.

What is neurofeedback?

  • A non-invasive way to control and measure your brain waves and body temperature
  • Allows your neurofeedback provider to retrain an otherwise involuntary body process through conditioning
  • Used for psychiatric conditions such as ADHD, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, etc.

What is brainspotting?

  • A powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation
  • The therapist is watching for subtle reflexive signals that indicate a brainspot has been detected
  • Its goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.

How can therapists best perform these techniques?

  • Make sure there is trust between you and your patient
  • Be attentive and thorough
  • Really understand the history of their life – If you touch one issue, what else could be down there that we need to be careful around?

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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