What is Brainspotting?
“Where you look affects how you feel” David Grand discovered Brainspotting in 2003 while using EMDR with a client. In developing insight and awareness through his practice, David realized brain activity, especially in the Subcortical Brain, organizes itself around the eye position which provides access to unprocessed trauma. Brainspotting can also be used to find and strengthen the natural resources and resiliency within.
Who can benefit from Brainspotting?
Brainspoting can help and support the healing process for individuals with a diversity of somatic and emotional conditions. Brainspotting is effective in working with trauma based events and situations from the past and present. “Brainspotting can help identify and heal underlying traumas that contribute to anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions.” Through Brainspotting you can develop insight and understand behaviors that have developed into patterns in relationships and family cycles. It also can be used to enhance creativity and performance.
The goal of Brainspotting is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking, to be able to have access to the subcortical brain. What does that mean? It is believed the brain and body are interconnected, what is in the brain is in the body and what is in the body is in the brain. There is increased evidence that trauma is stored in the body and it can alter how the brain works. Brainspotting can access parts of the brain that traditional talk therapy will never be able to reach or understand and allow the healing processes to begin. In the therapeutic process the therapist does develop a “dual attunement “with the client which is a process that helps the therapeutic relationship as well as the therapist is attuned to the brain-body response.