The basic premise of brainspotting is “where you look impacts how you feel.” Initially developed to treat trauma and PTSD, providers quickly discovered that it works for just about everything else as well. It’s pretty simple: We digest and release trauma memories by holding our gaze in specific “brain spots”. Brain spots are areas where our nervous system is holding trauma.
A brainspot also serves as a portal to accessing repressed experiences and emotions from the past. Through the focused and attentive presence of a trained Brainspotting therapist, the brain is able to feel secure in releasing stored traumatic energy. Studies have shown that the compassionate presence of another person is a crucial component in the healing of trauma.
Brainspotting tends to yield a deep and long lasting change / recovery from the underlying symptoms then talk therapy alone and clients often report overall feeling more grounding, clear and connected to themselves.
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. You may use bi lateral music to aid in the processing. 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.
I offer 60-minute brainspotting sessions, 90-minute brainspotting sessions, or all-day brainspotting trauma retreats (multiple brainspotting sessions per day). I also offer brainspotting sessions that are combined with low-dose ketamine lozenges in order to expedite the healing process.
Brainspotting therapy benefits everyone because it gives patients a sense of control that promotes faster results. Clients who have experienced Trauma, people who have PTSD, ADHD/ADD, addiction to substances, confidence issues, attachment wounds may find it especially healing. It can also benefit injury recovery patients and help treat physical illness, chronic pain, phobias, body image issues, inattention, stress, and low motivation. There are also recent studies showing that it is very effective at healing COVID trauma