“Where you look can affect the way you feel,”
Dr. David Grand, the developer of Brainspotting (BSP). Brainspotting is a body-based therapeutic process that is designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain.
Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. BSP makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. During brainspotting, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, trained brainspotting therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find appropriate “brainspots.” This helps the BSP therapist locate, focus, process and support the release of a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions.
BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the source of the problem has been found. Brainspotting gives clients access to both the brain and body. The goal is to bypass the conscious thinking processes to get to the deeper more emotional and body-based responses.
A “Brainspot” is the eye position related to the energetic/body awareness and emotional activation associated with traumatic material.
Those who have experienced either physical or emotional trauma may benefit from brainspotting. This form of therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option for those experiencing: