Trauma is an unfortunately common occurrence in our society, and the effects of trauma can be devastating. Traditional talk therapies have been used for years to help individuals process and heal from traumatic experiences, but a newer technique called Brainspotting is gaining popularity for its innovative and effective approach. In this article, we will explore what Brainspotting is, how it works, and why it can be a game-changer for those seeking to heal from trauma.
What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a type of therapy that was developed in 2003 by Dr. David Grand. It is a brain-body therapy that is based on the idea that our physical and emotional experiences are stored in our brain and body. Brainspotting aims to access and release these stored experiences and emotions to promote healing and resolution of trauma.
How Does Brainspotting Work?
Brainspotting works by using eye movements to access and process trauma stored in the brain and body. During a Brainspotting session, the therapist will guide the client to find a “brainspot,” which is a specific eye position that is linked to the traumatic experience or emotion. The therapist will then guide the client to focus on the brainspot while they process the traumatic experience or emotion.
The brainspot is determined through a process called “biolateral stimulation.” This is a type of stimulation that activates both sides of the brain and helps to connect the brain and body. The therapist will guide the client to move their eyes from side to side while focusing on the brainspot. This movement of the eyes helps to access and release the stored trauma and emotions.
Why Brainspotting is Effective
Brainspotting is effective because it helps to access and release trauma that is stored in the brain and body. Trauma is often stored in the body and can lead to physical symptoms such as chronic pain, headaches, and digestive issues. By accessing and releasing this stored trauma, Brainspotting can help to alleviate these physical symptoms and promote overall healing.
Additionally, Brainspotting is effective because it works with the natural healing processes of the brain and body. The brain and body are designed to heal from trauma, but sometimes the trauma becomes stuck and cannot be processed. Brainspotting helps to unlock and release the stored trauma so that the natural healing processes can occur.
Who Can Benefit from Brainspotting?
Brainspotting can be beneficial for individuals who have experienced any type of trauma, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, accidents, and natural disasters. It can also be beneficial for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of trauma, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Brainspotting can also be beneficial for individuals who have tried traditional talk therapies but have not seen the results they were hoping for. Brainspotting is a non-verbal therapy that works with the body and brain, making it a good option for individuals who may struggle with traditional talk therapies.
What to Expect in a Brainspotting Session
During a Brainspotting session, the therapist will guide the client through the process of finding and focusing on a brainspot. The therapist will then guide the client through the process of processing the traumatic experience or emotion. The client may experience physical sensations, emotions, and memories as they process the trauma.
It’s important to note that Brainspotting can be an intense therapy and may bring up difficult emotions and memories. However, the therapist will work with the client to ensure that they feel safe and supported throughout the process.
Finding a Brainspotting Therapist
Finding a Brainspotting therapist can be a bit challenging as it is a relatively new therapy technique. The Brainspotting Institute is a good resource for finding a certified Brainspotting therapist. The Institute provides a directory of certified therapists who have completed the required training and certification to practice Brainspotting.
It’s important to find a therapist who is experienced in working with trauma and has specific training in Brainspotting. You can ask potential therapists about their experience and training in Brainspotting, as well as their approach to therapy and how they work with trauma.
Brainspotting is a innovative and effective therapy technique that can be a game-changer for individuals seeking to heal from trauma. By accessing and releasing stored trauma and emotions, Brainspotting can alleviate physical symptoms and promote overall healing. It’s important to find a certified and experienced therapist who can guide you through the process and ensure that you feel safe and supported throughout the therapy.
If you or someone you know has experienced trauma and is seeking healing, consider exploring Brainspotting as a therapy option. With its focus on the brain-body connection and natural healing processes, Brainspotting may be just the technique you need to find healing and resolution.