Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms.
A “Brainspot” is an eye position associated with specific thoughts or memories stored in the brain. You may have noticed that when people try to recall information, they typically move their eyes to certain positions as if they are looking for the information in their minds. These eye positions are brainspots associated with the information they are trying to recall.
Brainspots exist for all of our past trauma and pains. And we can create brainspots for positive and supportive feelings and beliefs as well. Using the Comprehensive Resourcing Model of Brainspotting, developed by Lisa Schwarz, we help clients develop powerful internal resources, which act as safety anchors when deep wounds must be accessed and cleared. These resources also provide an emotional buffer that shields individuals from the intense pain that often accompanies the remembering of trauma, shame, and negative beliefs.
Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological and psychological tool supporting the healing relationship with the therapist. There is no replacement for a nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage with your therapist in a safe and trusting relationship where you feel heard, accepted, and understood.
Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems. Thus, Brainspotting is a physiological treatment that has profound psychological, emotional and physical benefits.
Brainspotting stimulates and promotes deep processing, integration, and healing activity within the brain. This seems to take place in the brain’s emotion centers at a reflexive and cellular level. It typically results in a de-conditioning of maladaptive emotional, psychological, and bodily responses and patterns.
See videos about Brainspotting:
What is Brainspotting, Part 1