“Brainspotting was by far one of my favorite experiences of therapy. I was able to creatively process through a relationship I was struggling with. I left the office feeling empowered and with complete trust that my system knows what it needs to heal. Throughout the week, I kept returning to a positive image I had while undergoing brainspotting and it brought me great comfort. I still use some of the techniques of brainspotting in my own self practice.” -K
Brainspotting (BSP) is a relatively new brain-based approach that was discovered by David Grand, Ph.D., psychotherapist and former EMDR trainer. BSP appeals to many, in part because it is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment.
BSP allows clients to process traumatic memories without having to “re-live” those memories and risk re-traumatization. It can also help uncover and strengthen positive emotions and beliefs that allow new insights to emerge, enabling past experiences to be viewed from a fresh perspective.
BSP works with “brainspots,” specific eye positions that are connected to the neurological area of the brain where memories are stored. During a BSP session, the therapist helps the client find a brainspot through exercises that experiment with his/her field of vision. They then engage with brainspots to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release traumatic experiences from the brain.
WHAT DOES IT TREAT?
Brainspotting is a powerful and effective treatment tool that has been used for many emotional and physical issues including PTSD and general trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual dysfunction, anger management, grief, ADHD, phobias, stress, addiction, sports performance, and creativity enhancement.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You will spend some time in psychotherapy with your therapist before doing brainspotting work. When you and your therapist agree that you are ready, you will identity “brainspots,” which you experience as specific points of focus. Your therapist will then help you process through the spot until it is cleared.
To learn more, schedule a free consultation or visit the official brainspotting website.