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". Listen to her powerful recitation:
My personal take on DBR:
I witnessed powerful transformations with DBR, in my clients but also in myself. Looking at it through the lens of IFS, DBR appears as an instinctual and unconscious process of IFS that allows for the unfolding of a natural healing process just through the presence of the noticing Self in the body. It seems as if the mere presence of the embodied Self heals all those wounds that need healing. However, for this we need to keep the conscious ego parts—linked to the cortex—at bay because they would block the healing process. Their tendencies to interfere, explain, interpret, figure out, control, manipulate, push, resist, label, categorise, judge, criticise, warn, dramatise or distract seem to block the natural healing process which requires an attitude of attentiveness, allowing and receiving.
You do not have to be good. [...]
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. (Mary Oliver)