"Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation, and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment.
Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological tool to support the clinical healing relationship. There is no replacement for a mature, nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage another suffering human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood.
Brainspotting gives us a tool, within this clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.
Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is a physiological tool/treatment that has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences." - Brainspotting.com
In simple words, Brainspotting is a brain-based, somatic therapy that allows us to access the area of the brain (the limbic system) where traumatized energy becomes trapped or left unprocessed. This pent-up energy can leave us with feelings of chronic stress, anxiety, pain, disordered eating, addictions, anger, and more. Together, we will process this energy by finding a location in your line of vision that you feel drawn to gaze at while you allow yourself to feel activated within your body over a particular stress, anxiety, or trauma.
We liken this process to working through a stress knot in, say, your shoulder blade. The best way to disperse the physical pain from the knot is to have someone work through it for you, like a deep tissue massage, right? Not to say that physical knots are forming in your brain, but the energy that becomes left unprocessed there needs to be "worked through" or Integrated. Brainspotting allows you to do just that.
We know this sounds a little different than your typical therapy, which is why most people like it. We offer a free 20-minute discovery call to answer all your questions and explain the technical stuff in a way you can easily understand. So please feel free to book yours now. We are here to help.
Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.
-- Robert Scaer, MD, “The Trauma Spectrum"
Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Over 13,001 therapists have been trained in BSP (52 internationally), in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa. Dr. Grand discovered that "Where you look affects how you feel." It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around that eye position. - Brainspotting.com