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Deep Brain Reorienting

Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a new form of trauma treatment that focuses on the brainstem-level neurophysiological sequence that occurred during a traumatic event. It is designed to target a deeper level of the brainstem than most other treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Deep Brain Reorienting?

DBR is a neuroscientifically-guided therapeutic intervention. It targets the mid-brainstem-level neurophysiological chain of events that occurred during trauma. It particularly focuses on brain circuits for shock trauma and the shock aspects of attachment trauma. This is the part of the brain involved in threat detection and response


What is a Deep Brain Reorienting Session Like?

DBR sessions focus on creating anchors in the traumatic memory that happened before the shock or emotional distress that continues to create problems in your current life. There is particular focus on the initial instant response when the deeper and more primitive part of the brain first became alert to the threat or an attachment disruption. As such, DBR is particularly good for working shock trauma.


Is Deep Brain Reorienting Useful in Betrayal Trauma Recovery?

Yes. In addition to being useful for the shock trauma elements associated with discovery, disclosure, and the greater attachment rupture, DBR also targets the relational confusion that characterizes betrayal trauma. DBR can be a valuable tool for addressing the simultaneous instinct to orient to the source of betrayal in the quest for comfort, which then triggers the impulse to turn away, the commonly occurring push-pull relational pattern seen in couple recovery.


Can Deep Brain Reorienting be used in intensive treatment formats?

Yes. It can be incorporated into an intensive format. It can also be used in combination with other methods such as Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Brainspotting or Accelerated Resolution Therapy.