Andrew Susskind

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  • CAMFT's 2023 annual conference
    In-person May 5 - 6, 2023 - Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, CA


Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP

Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Author based in Santa Monica since 1992 specializing in trauma and addictions. His recent book It's Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, 2019) joins his workbook From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery (2014).


Restoring the Wisdom of the Nervous System: Healing Trauma Through the Lens of Brainspotting
Saturday | May 6, 2023
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
(1.5 CEs)

Workshop Description:

With brain-body treatment methods, there's a compelling opportunity to build somatic awareness and to regulate the nervous system. Brainspotting is a cutting-edge technique pioneered by David Grand, Ph.D., combining the power of neurobiological and relational attunement to address trauma and a wide range of mental health concerns.

In this workshop, the history of Brainspotting will be discussed, along with a demonstration to illuminate this regulating healing method. Talk therapy engages the neocortex—our thinking, conscious brain—while somatic therapy accesses the subcortical system where trauma gets stored. Brainspotting harnesses the brain's natural healing process by utilizing the visual field to accelerate healing and help clients regulate their nervous system more efficiently.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to compare and contrast regulation versus dysregulation.
  2. Participants will identify and understand the history of Brainspotting.
  3. Participants will name three differences between traditional talk therapy and Brainspotting.
  4. Participants will be able to differentiate between the neocortex and the subcortex.



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