Brainspotting is a powerful, mindfulness based, brain/body focused treatment that works by identifying, processing, and releasing stored neurophysiological trauma and pain, which when untreated, results in a variety of symptoms in humans. Trauma can accumulate and be stored in frozen “trauma capsules” within the deep regions of the brain. Talking therapy often does not impact these deeper places as it focuses more on the outer part of the brain. Brainspotting goes directly to these deeper places within the brain much more quickly and effectively than traditional therapies.
Dr. David Grand, PhD., developer of Brainspotting has discovered where we look affects how we feel. In Brainspotting the therapist helps the client through eye positioning, find the place in the brain that is most activated around whatever issue the client is wanting to work on. This “spot” is held and becomes the focal point for the client, as both the therapist and client mindfully observe what the person’s brain begins to “download” moment to moment. It’s as if the brain has been instructed and shown where to look at itself to allow the “draining” of the frozen information to start to flow. This process is enhanced through the use of specially designed music/sound that further activates the two hemisphere’s of the brain with bilateral stimulation.
Any life event which causes significant physical and/or emotional injury or distress where a person feels overwhelmed, trapped, or helpless, can become a part of traumatically stored information. These experiences are placed in a kind of “time capsule” where time itself does not alter their existence as they do not interact with any new information coming in or going out. This condition can result in symptoms which often manifest where they are held most in the system, within the body.
The medical and psychological literature acknowledges that approximately 75% of requests for medical care are linked to the consequences of this accumulation of stress or trauma on the systems of the human body.
How Can Brainspotting Help
Brainspotting can help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions. It is used with all areas of trauma including survivors of war, natural disasters, and emotional/ physical abuse. Brainspotting is also used for certain medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery. In addition, Brainspotting can be used for performance enhancement such as in sports, acting, public speaking, auditions, and other types of performance related experiences.
Brainspotting is done in such a way that the client is not re-traumatized by reliving the original experience. The mindful attention between the therapist and client allows for a safe space as Brainspotting dismantles the trauma, symptom, somatic/body distress and outdated beliefs so new more adaptive resources can develop. Brainspotting provides a focused and effective, neurobiological tool for accessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of somatic and emotionally-based conditions.