Using Auditory Bilateral Stimulation In Psychotherapy


Several forms of psychotherapy (such as those listed below) use bilateral stimulation to help heal severe emotional trauma and neglect.  ​

  1. “EMDR”, originated by Francine Shapiro, utilizes all three modes of bilateral stimulation (visual, tactile or auditory).

  2. "Tapping In”, devised by Laura Parnell, uses tactile bilateral stimulation and is focused exclusively on resource enhancement.

  3. “Brainspotting”, which David Grand evolved from his “natural flow EMDR”, utilizes auditory bilateral stimulation.

  4. "Comprehensive Resource Model”, developed by Lisa Schwartz, also utilizes bilateral stimulation music.​


These are sometimes referred to as “brain-based” or “bottom-up” protocols since they activate neurological processing in the deeper regions of the brain.  This differs from traditional talk therapy which focuses more on "mind-based" or "top-down" cognitive processing originating in the cortex.  All have been known to result in remarkable benefits in a wide variety of applications.  If you are a mental health professional who has received sufficient training in any of the above techniques, you will be pleased with the bilateral soundscapes of Alternating Sounds, LLC due to their innovative sonic properties.


EMDR is the only one of the above techniques that restricts its use to trained professionals, with no allowance for any form of self-administration. All of the other techniques are either specifically designed for solo use (in the case of "Tapping In") or modifiable for independent self-administration for certain purposes.  Please remember that a person should never attempt to independently use bilateral stimulation to recover from major trauma, heal deeply embedded childhood wounds or integrate dissociated ego parts.  This type of work requires professional assistance.


Adequately licensed psychotherapists can incorporate bilateral stimulation for all of the purposes that have been outlined in the previous sections.  In addition these bilateral soundscapes can be used to:

  • facilitate psychotherapeutic processing by simply having the client listen through headphones at a very soft level during the therapy session,

  • consolidate gains made in psychotherapy sessions by having the client listen to bilateral music after a session while reflecting or journaling about what took place in session,

  • enhance client access to positive internal resources as described elsewhere on this site,

  • facilitate general relaxation, self-awareness and all of the other benefits as highlighted on the rest of this site

Two books that are available to the general public can be useful for therapists to read to gather ideas of how to use bilateral stimulation in their practice.  One is “Tapping In” by Laura Parnell and the other is “Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change” by David Grand.


Helping professionals should of course advise anyone to stop using any form of bilateral stimulation if they begin to experience any sort of significantly distressing reaction. 

If you are a healthcare professional with an interest in bilateral stimulation then this music is worth checking out.

Woman listening to headphones