What is Brainspotting?
You may not have heard of Brainspotting. Brainspotting is an emotional healing, therapeutic tool using eye positions and the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma or negative/unhelpful cognitions. Through the use of Brainspotting, the unconscious mind is able to access and release the emotional charge associated with stored memories/body processes. Brainspotting works on a subcortical level to process and release the emotional charge more quickly and effectively than traditional talk therapy may be able to do.
What does Brainspotting help?
Brainspotting can help a variety of conditions. Below is a list of possible conditions that Brainspotting may help:
Trauma and PTSD
Perinatal/postpartum depression and anxiety
Emotional, sexual, and/or physical abuse
Headaches and pain relief
Performance related experiences
Grief and loss
Medical anxiety or sudden diagnosis
What does a Brainspotting session look like?
Brainspotting sessions start with the client selecting an issue that they want to address. Topics can include a traumatic event, performance issues, a specific memory, grief, an addiction (food, electronics/gaming, gambling, etc.), physical pain, etc. Brainspotting can help most issues, and there are several different ways to approach brainspotting.
You have the option to use bilateral sound through the use of headphones during the session. This is up to you, but the sounds can deepen the healing. Many clients have found the sounds have been helpful between sessions.
Once you’ve identified a topic, I will have you check in with your body to notice any emotions, sensations, etc. Emotions can show up in physical manifestations such as stomach issues, muscle tensions, headaches, etc. You may notice the physical sensations may be different depending on the issue and the session.
You will be guided to find a brainspot based on the topic you’ve selected. This can involve using natural eye positions, or it can be found through the use of me holding a pointer. In some situations, we may find more than one brainspot.
After this, your brain knows what to do to achieve healing. You have the option of being more quiet or more talkative. Some clients may have memories/images that pop into their heads. Some may start to make connections with past and previous events. I will be there holding space for you throughout the process and healing.
I also use Brainspotting with other modalities including traditional talk therapy. It can be used to achieve focused mindfulness. Brainspotting can also be used alongside sandtray therapy or somatic therapy.
For some people, we can brainspot the entire session or it can last for just a few minutes. It is based on what you need that day and the topic you are approaching. We can approach things from a more grounding and calming session if you are coming into session overwhelmed and stressed. Or if you are wanting to really address a specific issue, we can always hit that issue head on and this may feel more activating for you. The processing tends to last for a couple of days (or more) following the session. Some issues may take a few sessions to address whereas others can be resolved in a single session.
Learn more about Brainspotting
For more information check out the following videos or the Brainspotting website at http://www.brainspotting.com