Deep Brain Reorienting

Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a new psychotherapeutic modality that can complement—or even replace—the standard IFS protocol, as it works underneath the conscious personality and solely with body awareness. DBR instigates a natural healing process that unlocks and releases earliest traumatic childhood memories and attachment shocks—that are held in the body—by slowly tracking the body reactions to a trigger situation in the more recent past. This method does not require any conscious appraisal or episodic memories of the root trauma. But it can also be used for very recent shock situations to reduce the risk of later onset of PTSD. There is a possibility that it could be even helpful with urges related to addiction. It may help also with some physical problems—trauma is in the body. It is a gentle process and does not overwhelm. DBR was discovered by the psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr. Frank Corrigan and is still evolving.

Here you can find the research article with the results of the first randomised controlled study of DBR led by Prof. Ruth Lanius: PTSD Study

DBR shows us in a profound way how much more we need to appreciate the wisdom of the body. As Sonya Renee Taylor states: "The body...is to be prayed to....hallelujah". 

Example of my personal experience in DBR-Therapy: 
In one of the sessions that I had as a client with my own DBR therapist I wanted to process the shock and horror I experienced related to the current state of the world, about the massive disconnect and self-alienation of so many people. The DBR process was set up around this shock and finally let a new perspective emerge, coming from the depth of my being. My therapist was so kind to write the words down for me because I hardly can remember anything later when I go into such a deep place. I feel that sharing it may be helpful to others as well, so I do:

"It’s all important. It needs to come to the extremes, to increase the energy, the awareness, that we are so wrong. We will only see it in the extremes.
We need to get out of complacency. Not everyone will, but some will and they are the ones who will bring the change. Our grief is precious. —
I’ve touched my soul. My soul is speaking to me. This is a sacred pain."

This poem describes beautifully what a DBR process can be like:

Marion mensing