What is Deep Brain Reorienting DBR?

Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) is a clinical method for the treatment of attachment conflicts and traumatic experiences. It has been developed mainly for the treatment of attachment shock; but it can also be applied to the processing of other unresolved traumatic experiences. DBR was designed by Dr. Frank Corrigan, a Scottish psychiatrist interested in the brain mechanisms underlying effective trauma psychotherapy. The aim of Deep Brain Reorienting is to clarify the established sequences, using an understanding of brainstem functioning, so that they lose their power to repeat instantly in response to triggering stimuli. Change in these deep sequences – whether they have been laid down through attachment shocks and disruptions or through traumatic events and experiences – leads to a reorienting of the self to the self as it gains a different perspective on itself.

How does Deep Brain Reorienting DBR work?

Trauma processing through DBR involves bringing up a traumatic memory and encourages the client to focus on tensions arising in the muscles of the shoulders, neck, head and face (i.e., those involved in orienting toward a threatening person/event). The approach will allow the participant to process the traumatic memory in an emotionally manageable way, changing how it is represented/accessed in the brain’s innate defensive system.