What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a focused treatment therapy that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neurophysiological sources of trauma. Brainspotting works by directly accessing the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. It locates brainspots or points within an individual’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma capsules within the subcortical brain. Brainspotting is a brain-body based therapy that directly accesses these brainspots more quickly and effectively than traditional therapies.
- Abuse (Physical, sexual)
- Exposure and/or experiences with violence, aggression
- Early attachment difficulties
- First responders & Military
- Loss of a loved one
- Natural disasters
- Serious medical diagnosis
- Traumatic pregnancy, delivery
- Unexpected life change
- Anxiety or phobias
- Hyper-arousal to various external or internal stimuli
- Intense feelings of anger or despair
- Mood swings
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Numbness or detachment emotionally, physically
How does Brainspotting work?
During Brainspotting therapy, the therapist and patient will work to access brainspots through the field of vision using somatic cues, eye positionings, and internally and externally experienced reflexive responses. These brainspots are located within the amygdala, hippocampus, or orbitofrontal cortex of the limbic system. Once accessed, the therapist will literally and emotionally hold the brainspot to ensure the trauma and information is able to be processed and drained of all activation. This also allows for optimal processing to occur.
It is important to understand that Brainspotting does not re-traumatize or overwhelm the patient with the original trauma experience. During Brainspotting, internal resource states are established and accessed. These resources allow the therapist and patient, when necessary, to fluctuate between resource states and trauma states during Brainspotting sessions to enable more gradual, graded processing and desensitization of intensely traumatic and emotionally charged issues and symptoms.
Why choose Brainspotting?
Medical and psychological literature now acknowledges that approximately 75% of requests for medical care are linked to the actions or consequences of this accumulation of stress and/or trauma upon the systems of the human body. Brainspotting is an effective therapy that can help process and deactive these traumas and stressors. Brainspotting works effectively on all ages from children to adults. It can help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions. Brainspotting is also used for certain medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery. In addition, Brainspotting can be used for performance enhancement such as sports, acting, public speaking, auditions, and other types of performance related experiences.