"Where you look effects how you feel."
-David Grand, Ph.D
Brainspotting (BSP) is a highly effective, brain-based technique discovered in 2003 by David Grand, PhD. It has been found to be effective in helping a variety of mental health concerns including trauma, anxiety, physical pain, negative emotions, mental blocks and also helps with performance expansion.
In Brainspotting, you are the expert! The therapist plays a supporting role, helping you access your own self-healing capabilities. Brainspotting bypasses the “thinking” part of your brain and is believed to give you access to the parts of your brain responsible for emotional regulation.
A trained practitioner will help you locate a point in your visual field, a “brainspot,” associated with the issue you want to work on. You hold your gaze on the eye position while noticing sensations in your body. Bilateral sound is used to engage both hemispheres of your brain for a deeper level of processing. This allows the brain and body to process the issue organically.
Brainspotting can be more short term with some clients resolving their issues after only a few sessions. Some prefer to use it in conjunction with talk therapy. Since the practitioner is watching non reflexive cues, brainspotting allows for nonverbal processing. You can talk as little or as much as you want!