Brainspotting therapy is a powerful technique for improving performance and creativity
It restores well-being from the impact of trauma, emotional stress and relational issues.
- You feel like you’re stagnant in your healing and not progressing any further.
- If a talking approach has not worked for you and your are still dealing with symptoms
- Feeling stuck and you want to understand more about whats going on..
- Had trouble reaching a significant breakthrough.
Brainspotting can get to the root of the problem and release you to live your life fully.
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a recent advancement in brain-body approaches that supports improving performance, creativity as well as identify and release any traumatic events, mental health issues, and emotional distress.
‘Where you look affects how you feel’ is the idea behind the brainspotting, it reveals links between eye positions and unconscious emotional experiences. This approach taps into parts of the brain that you don’t find in normal talk approaches and many other types of therapy.
Who developed Brainspotting?
Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by Dr David Grand, an EMDR therapist and relational analyst. It has it’s roots in EMDR, somatic experiencing and mindfulness.
How does Brainspotting session work?
We explore together what you would like to work on
We see how your mind and body responds to this
This allows us to explore your eye position or “brainspot” which is connected to the issue.
The brainspot is like a gateway to all the past stuff that’s bocks you from living your life fully.
By focusing on this spot and with the relational attunement of the coach, you can release the block and bring it from a non-verbal and non-cognitive part of the brain into conscious experience.
The relational attunement or presence of the coach supports the mind/body of the client to feel safe, accepted and supports the release of the block which research has shown as a powerful aid to healing. The session is enhanced by listening to biolateral music played softly through headphones.
Frequently asked questions
What is Brainspotting?
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.
What is involved in a Brainspotting session?
- Find what you would like to work on
- Explain the Brainspotting Process
- Rate your distress between 1 and 10
- Use Bilateral music (you will be supplied with this) – Bilateral sound is sound that alternates from the left headphone speaker to the right speaker repeatedly back and forth, which can speed up the process. (Find out more here and here)
- We find a brainspot – A brainspot is the specific spot in your visual field that connects to the trauma or event’s emotions.
- The client stays focused on the point and the Brainspotting therapist mindful supports the process of healing through relational attunement.
- The process is to bring the distress level to zero, some clients see immediate change, other take a few more sessions.
What is the research on Brainspotting
- Psychotherapeutic Techniques for Distressing Memories: A Comparative Study between EMDR, Brainspotting, and Body Scan Meditation – here
Brainspotting – the efficacy of a new therapy approach for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in comparison to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. – here
- REPORT OF FINDINGS FROM THE COMMUNITY SURVEY – This report has been prepared and released by the Distribution Committee of the Sandy Hook School Support here
- For more technical reason – here and here
Theory behind Brainspotting
The theory behind Brainspotting is that unresolved trauma can cause both physical and mental ailments by getting “stuck” in the body. According to this theory, traumatic memories are not properly processed and can cause a kind of “frozen maladaptive homeostasis.” Brainspotting attempts to address this by accessing and integrating the interrupted processing of trauma. This therapy is part of a growing group of “bottom-up” therapies that aim to release physical stress in the body to relieve emotional stress. Traditional talk therapy, on the other hand, is a “top-down” therapy that primarily focuses on problem-solving through conscious thought. Brainspotting targets the midbrain, which controls functions such as sleep, motor control, vision, and hearing. During trauma, the midbrain goes into “freeze mode,” which can be helpful for physical defense but unhelpful for psychological trauma.