Brainspotting is based on the profound attunement of the therapist with the patient, finding a somatic cue and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.
-- Robert Scaer, MD, “The Trauma Spectrum"
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.
How Brainspotting works:
Our eyes and brains are intricately woven together and signals sent from our eyes are deeply processed in the brain which then reflexively and intuitively redirects where we look. Trauma and stress can overwhelm the brain’s processing capacity, leaving behind pieces of the trauma, frozen in an unprocessed state. Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding these traumas, seeking the specific internal spot where the trauma is stored. It then allows deep non-verbal processing to release and resolve the trauma. It is based on the premise that the brain is naturally self-healing and the role of the therapist is to set and hold a frame that promotes the client’s innate self-healing capacities.
What to Expect During a Brainspotting Session: During a session, your therapist will help you to access a brain spot that you will maintain for the majority of the session. It is good to approach it with curiosity and to stay curious during the process. You will be guided throughout the session by your therapist. Clients have described Brainspotting sessions as timeless, and experiential journeys that result in greater wholeness and a sense of well-being. Physical sensations of numbness, temperature change, tingling, vivid visual memory, and memory flashes are some common sensations, as well as a full range of emotions such as peace, serenity, joy, anger, fear, and helplessness. The more unpleasant emotions are balanced with resourcing ( as described above). Calmness is most typically felt by sessions end.
Brainspotting easily combines with talk therapy and often helps client's to achieve their desired outcome more quickly and completely than talk therapy alone. The client and therapist will decide together what the best treatment approach is. The number of Brainspotting sessions needed for benefit is also dependent upon the nature of the work one is engaged in but it is typically a short term treatment approach ( between 2 and 8 sessions).
I am currently trained in Brainspotting Phases 1-3 and am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner, which means I have completed additional consultation hours with a certified consultant.
Brainspotting Can be An Effective Treatment For:
- Physical and Emotional trauma
- Stress and trauma from physical injuries or medical issues
- Insomnia/ Sleep issues
- Anger and rage
- Improving creativity/ removing creative blocks
- Treatment of concussions, sport relates injuries
- Performance anxiety
- Addiction/ Reducing cravings of substances
- Anxiety and stress
- Body Image issues
- Low self worth, feelings of shame and inadequacy
- Sexual concerns and performance issues
- Grief and loss