What is a brainspot?
A brainspot is the eye position that is found and held that holds the activation of a stuck traumatic experience. The goal of brainspotting is to activate, locate and process the brainspot until there is a release and related reduction in symptoms.
How does brainspotting work?
Brainspotting stimulates the brain’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. The therapist works with the client to locate the brainspot, then attunes to the client. Therapist and client observe together with curiosity and mindfulness the traumatic event that is buried deep within memory. Finding a brainspot enables the “processing of the experience”.
The goal of this therapeutic process, or “focused mindfulness,” is the entire release of the blocked activation in the body and brain. This release stimulates a spontaneous healing process that starts in the deeper brain, or the unconscious. After a certain time of processing, the client can experience deep relief from the distress that has been held deep in the mind and body from past “stuck” experiences.
We believe that brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that the source of the problem has been found.
Brainspotting can also be used to find and strengthen our natural resources and resilience. Brainspotting is designed as a therapeutic tool that can be integrated into a many of healing modalities.