Brainspotting

"Where you look affects how you feel."

Brainspotting, discovered by David Grand in 2003, is a modified form of EMDR therapy. It 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 gives the therapist access to both brain and body processes. Its goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain. By locating points in the client’s visual field, the therapist is able to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. The result is processing and releasing a wide range of emotional and body-based conditions.

 

Brainspotting seems to activate the body’s innate ability to heal itself from trauma. It is believed that BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the issue has been found. 

 

Additionally, brainspotting can also be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. It is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into many healing modalities.

 

One of the most unique aspects of brainspotting therapy is that it can be accomplished with little to no talking on the part of the client. It is also hypothesized that five minutes of brainspotting is equal to a minimum of 4-5 hours of talk therapy, accomplishing substantial healing in less time than traditional therapies. 

Who does Brainspotting work with?

Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions. It can also be used with performance and creativity enhancement. 

Those who have experienced either physical or emotional trauma may benefit from brainspotting. This form of therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option for those experiencing:

  •     All forms of trauma

  •     Anxiety

  •     Attention (ADD/ADHD)

  •     Anger issues

  •     Phobias

  •     Substance abuse

  •     Chronic fatigue and chronic pain

  •     Impulse control issues

  •     Sports performance issues

  •     Nightmares