"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. Since the practitioner is watching reflexive cues, brainspotting allows for nonverbal processing. You can talk as little or as much as you want!
Brainspotting at work...
"Brainspotting: didn’t know what it was or what it was about. However, if you’ve ever been desperate, you’re likely to try just about anything. I was told that I would never get my left arm to be fully functional again. At the time, it had been two years since I’ve had my motorcycle accident. Due to my extensive nerve damage and how long it had been, doctors had given up on any hopes of recovery. Additionally, I was informed that any chance of regaining mobility was highly unlikely.
Then I met Mrs. Blackwell, and just after one session, regaining full mobility was an option on the table again. We brainspotted the accident and several other events, and in one month, I gained elbow flexion to my left arm. Basically, I was able to do a bicep curl. She mended the relationship between my brain and my arm and made them one again. Through counseling, she helped me overcome fear and anxiety, and she encouraged the daily use of my left arm.
I am both fortunate and blessed to cross paths with such an experienced and dedicated professional as Mrs. Blackwell. She has the intelligence, drive, and ability to guide anyone through their recovery from physical and mental injuries. Working with her made me feel empowered and anxious to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was one of the most transformative decisions that I have ever made. With her knowledge, guidance, and motivation, I was able to regain my life back. I can tell you today, I have made leaps and bounds due to Mrs. Blackwell and brainspotting."
-Active Duty Military