“Where you look affects how you feel.”
A powerful, focused mindfulness, body-brain treatment approach that harnesses the body’s ability to heal itself.
Brainspotting (BSP) is a powerful, focused treatment method that easily integrates into individual and couples therapy. At its core, BSP draws upon both the neurobiological attunement and the therapist’s deep relational attunement to the client. The two attunements work together to create a powerful framework that enhances healing.
Past traumatic experiences can overwhelm one’s nervous system. BSP allows us to gain access to the subcortical brain (where deep memories and emotions lie). By accessing, processing and releasing Brainspots, we can relieve and heal sources of pain/trauma.
BSP was was developed by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003.
A Brainspot is a relevant eye position. This can be chosen by either the client or the psychotherapist. Often, the individual will find a Brainspot by noticing an increase of emotions or body sensations in a particular visual location. The therapist may also find Brainspots by observing reflexive responses in the client. A Brainspot gives access to the emotionally charged issue in the brain. It’s a bottom up approach, rather than trying to solve a problem from the top down by trying to use the (neocortical) conscious “thinking” brain. While the client is processing on the spot for a prolonged period of time, we find that the experience moves in a direction of discharge, healing, and change. Brainspotting makes use of bilateral stimulation. This involves listening to soothing background music and/or nature sounds which move from ear to ear. Bilateral stimulation is known to increase effectiveness.
In short, “Where you look affects how you feel.”
- emotional distress
- attention issues
- sport performance
- sport injury trauma
- physical pain
- sexual trauma
- preparation or recovery from surgery
- reduce stress around the management of major medical illnesses
- addictive cravings
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