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ENCORE: Using Brainspotting To Work With Athletes
20th June 2024 • Selling the Couch • Melvin Varghese, PhD
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Today’s session is all about brainspotting, a powerful and fascinating psychotherapy technique that I have personally found to be helpful. Specifically, we discuss the technique as it is used to help performance athletes. Join us to learn more!

Our Featured Guest

Thad Frye, LCSW

Thad Frye is a licensed clinical social worker in Boulder, CO. As a certified brainspotting consultant, Thad has gone through multiple levels of training in this therapy technique. In our conversation, Thad explains why he was motivated to pursue training in brainspotting after previously focusing his work with families through hospice care and end-of-life journeys. He describes the technical aspects of brainspotting and how he uses it in his work with athletes, specifically in those with the “yips,” a puzzling phenomenon of the loss of an ability.

Thad Frye Counseling and Brainspotting Coaching for Athletes

You’ll Learn:

  • Why Thad pursued training in brainspotting in 2016 as a way to serve families better
  • How Thad experienced the somatic connection with his personal grief in new and real ways during his brainspotting training
  • How brainspotting differs from EMDR
  • Technical aspects of “inside window” and “outside window” reflexes within brainspotting
  • How different clients might respond during a brainspotting session
  • How training phases are structured in the brainspotting certification process
  • Why Thad chose to use brainspotting with performance athletes
  • How Thad uses brainspotting with athletes who experience muscle-guarding and the “yips”


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