What is Brainspotting?

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Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy that harnesses the body’s natural drive towards healing. It is a powerful, rapid, effective tool that focuses on the deep brain sources of many emotional and somatic issues and resolves these issues from the source.

“Brainspotting is effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic conditions. Brainspotting is particularly effective with trauma-based situations, helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression and other behavioral conditions. It can also be used with performance and creativity enhancement. Brainspotting gives the therapist access to both brain and body processes. Its goal is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.” -Brainspotting.com

The process begins by the client holding an issue in their awareness that they wish to work on and noticing where they feel that issue in their body. From there, we find a spot in the visual field that is connected to that issue and sensation. Next is the processing, where the client witnesses whatever comes up as it comes up--it may be memories, images, sensations, thoughts, or emotions—and the idea is to just stay with whatever you are experiencing and notice that.

Below are some videos with more information about Brainspotting.

In this video, the discoverer of Brainspotting answers questions about what it is, how it is different from EMDR, and the issues it can be helpful for.