My training in Brainspotting began from a desire to help my clients find a deeper level of healing from trauma and distress. The field of mental health treatment continues to expand and grow in it’s understanding of how our minds and bodies are connected, resulting in both more somatic and brain based approaches. Brainspotting was developed by David Grand, PhD through his experience using EMDR, which focuses on eye movement in reprocessing trauma. Our eyes and our brains are intricately connected- Dr. Grand describes it as “where we look affects how we feel.” Dr. Grand found that when an eye position was located and held, (by the client following a pointer with their eyes) traumatic material held in the body could be processed through in a way that was experienced to be deeper, more flexible and gentler than other trauma treatment approaches. Brainspotting trusts in the client’s brain to know how to find and process through material, basically healing itself! This can result in alleviation of somatic symptoms, resolution of triggers, and deeper connections about ourselves and our patterns. Although Brainspotting was developed in the treatment of trauma, it is also effective in treating: anxiety, depression, somatic symptoms, grief and loss, and more.
What is a Brainspotting session like? Brainspotting uses the dual-attunement model, meaning the therapist pays close attention to the client’s words, body language, and reflexes that give information into brain processes. When brain activity is organized around an eye position, it is information that traumatic material is being held there and can be accessed and processed. Using this model, an intentional eye position (brainspot) is located and sustained while the client engages in focused mindfulness- noticing body sensations, emotions, and thoughts. The processing allows for release and resolution of symptoms, as well as bringing to the surface the core or root of the issue. Oftentimes headphones with biolateral sound are used.
For further information regarding Brainspotting, please refer to brainspotting.com
Reading material: Brainspotting, The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change By David Grand, PhD