What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a powerful and focused therapeutic approach that works by identifying, processing, and releasing sources of emotional and physical pain, including trauma, depression, anxiety, and phobias.

Each personal experience that we have, and in particular ones that were traumatic or shaming, leave a lasting impact not only in the mind but also in the body. Therefore, in order to true and lasting healing to occur, the healing technique must address both the mental, emotional, and physical. 

Based on the idea that "where you look affects how you feel", Brainspotting works deep within the brain to address the physical and somatic symptoms that are tied to our emotions.

By finding a ‘brainspot’, or a particular eye position that activates the emotional and physical response, it allows you to gain access to memories and personal experiences in a safe environment with the therapist in order to process and move toward healing.

 

There are different types of brainspots, including activation shops, resource spots and expansion spots. Processing and healing can happen using a variety of spots. What is wonderful about this form of therapy is that the therapist is simply there to help guide - the healing itself comes from within the body and brain, where the effects of the event first took hold. Ultimately, it is a form of cultivating self healing. 

During a Brainspotting session, the therapist typically uses a pointer - similar to what teachers may use within a classroom - to help find the brainspot. When engaging in Brainspotting during a session, we will chat briefly about what they are feeling or processing through; however after the brainspot is found, I encourage you to talk as much or as little as they like. I will occasionally check in to ask what you are experiencing or noticing within your body - any new somatic feelings, thoughts coming to mind, and so on.

 

Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to use Brainspotting as a client, and some days it may feel like you are processing more than others. However, the brain may process quite a bit even if it doesn’t seem to be doing anything. 

Feel free to reach out to me with any further questions or to schedule a session