Traumatic experiences lead to dysregulated nervous systems and brain dysfunction; any attempt to restore balance will be ineffective if the treatment does not address the issues that are stored within the nervous system and the mid-brain. Traditional talk therapies activate the part of the brain associated with higher order thinking. During cognitive-based approaches, information is processed in the session and is typically focused on questioning, processing, and analyzing; however this these types of therapies are limited to the executive processing systems of the neo-cortex. Brainspotting targets information in the mid-brain and nervous system, which is where trauma, emotional stress, and sensory experiences are stored.
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a liberating, non-invasive, holistic mind-body therapy that was developed by David Grand, Ph.D. The technique originated from EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is also a therapeutic treatment used to alleviate distressing memories associated with trauma. Brainspotting is based on the premise that where you look, or gaze affects how you feel. The therapist may use a pen-shaped pointer to guide your eyes along your vision field to locate brainspots. Negative emotions are targeted as the individual focuses on the brainspots which allows the body to access and process unresolved accumulated toxic stress
What is a Brainspot?
“A Brainspot holds emotional experiences in memory form. It is the eye position which is related to the emotional activation of a traumatic or emotionally charged issue within the brain. This is most likely in the amygdala, the hippocampus, or the orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system. A Brainspot is a located eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses.” – David Grand, Ph.D.
How will Brainspotting Help me heal from Trauma?
Accumulated toxic stress is typically stored in the nervous system when the traumatized person is not able to properly deal with the trauma that he or she has experienced due to lack of appropriate coping skills. Brainspotting stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal itself from trauma and restore dysregulated nervous system. Brainspotting also helps the body to release accumulated toxic stress and restore balance to within the system.
Your therapist will simultaneously facilitate the healing process by creating a safe, non-judgmental compassionate, space for you to develop a dual attuned therapeutic relationship. Brainspotting is used to target traumatic memories and physiological issues that is stored in the body and help the client to gain relief from the emotional distress. Bio-Lateral sounds are also used during Brainspotting sessions. Sound waves alternate back and forth across the audio field at a steady state negative experiences are triggered.
What is Brainspotting used to treat?
Brainspotting is effective for treating the following conditions:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Substance Abuse Issues
Poor Impulse Control
Sport Performance Issues