“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou
What is brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment that reduces and can eliminate body pain and tension. It harnesses the mind and body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability to dismantle the trauma, distress and beliefs at the subconscious core to free the mind and body.
What does brainspotting treat?
Brainspotting treats stress, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sport performance, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), dyslexia, emotional blocks and more.
What is trauma?
Any life event which causes a person to feel very overwhelmed, helpless, or trapped, can become a “stuck” traumatic experience in the mind/body.
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 a 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.
“Brainspotting 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.
There is growing recognition within the healing professions that experiences of physical and/or emotional injury, acute and chronic pain, serious physical illness, dealing with difficult medical interventions, societal turmoil, environmental disaster, as well as many other problematic life events, will contribute to the development of a substantial reservoir of life trauma. That trauma is held in the body.
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.”
–From David Grand’s Web site, www.brainspotting.pro
Additional Resources on Brainspotting:
What is Brainspotting with David Grand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OaDQqxV4Cg Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIgkvQcZ5SA&feature=related Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUCzvcOL4ts&feature=related Part 3
Robert Scaer, M.D. Trauma Treatment: EMDR and Brainspotting