What Is Brainspotting?
What would it feel like to remember a traumatic event but to no longer be ruled by the emotion of it?
Brainspotting is a non-invasive and gentle way to release emotional trauma or physical pain stored in your brain. It is a new, safe, and healing emotional tool that reduces the need for extensive talk treatment. Brainspotting is so valuable because it releases the traumatic memory without having to “re-live” or even speak of the event and risk re-traumatization.
Brainspotting helps you go deeper quicker than average talk therapy. You will feel more during your sessions as you are ready. Less sessions are generally required to gain the results you want in your life.
What Conditions Does Brainspotting Treat?
- Anxiety and panic
- Physical and emotional trauma
- Recovery from injury and accident trauma
- Trauma resulting from medical interventions and treatment
- Stress and trauma-related medical illness
- Sports Performance and Creativity Enhancement
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
- Addictions (especially cravings)
- ADD and ADHD
- Perceptual problems
- Environmental Illness and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Preparation and recovery from surgery
- Trauma resulting from war and natural disasters
- Anger and rage problems
- Management of major medical illness
What Is a Brainspot?
New brain science shows that even minor trauma, such as hurt feelings, can leave tiny splinter-like spots in your brain. A Brainspot corresponds to an eye position that indicates energetic activation of an emotionally-charged issue in the limbic part of the brain. Brainspots are revealed to the therapist by your eye position paired with your reflexive responses.
How Does Brainspotting Work?
The Brainspot can be accessed and stimulated by holding the client’s eye position while the client is focused on the somatic (body-sensory) experience of the issue addressed in therapy. Brainspotting is aimed at activating, locating, and processing the Brainspot. Bilateral sounds can be used to enhance the brain’s processing abilities by alternately stimulating right and left cerebral hemispheres.
Like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting addresses the physical manifestations of trauma in the brain and makes the healing process much faster and gentler.
With Brainspotting, a therapist works with the client to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences that are typically not within the client’s conscious mind. This brain-wise and body-aware treatment identifies and processes neurophysiological sources of emotional or body pain, trauma, dissociation, and a variety of other distressing symptoms.
In Brainspotting, a kind of a “healing field” with your therapist is created to help you process feelings and memories down to where you feel calm and at ease. Your brain and body know everything about you and exactly what you need to heal. Your Brainspotting therapist acts as a grounding force to guide you through to your deepest healing.
Who Discovered Brainspotting?
Dr. David Grand, a well-known and published EMDR practitioner and psychotherapist discovered Brainspotting in 2003. Brainspotting therapy includes aspects of EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, and relational psychotherapy. Brainspotting was found to be the most effective mode of therapy used in Newtown-Sandy Hook, CT, for the survivors of December, 2014, shooting.
Elaine’s Blog Posts on Brainspotting
Here is the link to interesting articles for my Brainspotting clients – https://askcounseling.com/category/brainspotting/
Elaine’s Brainspotting Resources
Here is the link to books, websites, videos and research on Brainspotting – Brainspotting Resources
For Brainspotting therapy to help with addictive behaviors, see – Brainspotting for Addiction
For Brainspotting therapy to help with athletic issues, see – Sports Counseling
Can I Try Brainspotting with Elaine?
I am trained in Brainspotting and would be happy to talk to you about it. With your focused vision and my verbal guidance and attuned presence, emotional brainspots can be released in a gentle and non-invasive way. There is no need to be in chronic emotional pain. Please contact me for a free consultation.