What is brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a brain based therapy that was discovered by David Grand in 2003. It is based on the idea that where you look affects how you feel. "Brainspotting uses our field of vision to find where we are holding these traumas in our brain." (Brainspotting by David Grand, 2013)
The eyes and brain are closely linked. Where you look determines what part of the brain you are accessing. Like lancing a wound to release the infection, or a masseuse pushing on a knot to release the tension, Brainspotting helps us access latent stress in our bodies so we can heal quickly.
Picture your eyes like a mouse with a cursor that moves around the brain depending on the eye position. Your neurology will tell us where there is a negative emotion locked in the brain, and when you hold that eye position for the length of the session, in a way it double-clicks on that part of the brain and opens it up to reveal and unwind what has been locked inside. This may or may not include verbal processing, which many people appreciate if they struggle to connect words to what they are feeling.
Brainspotting can be useful to help a variety of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, anger issues, impulse control, phobias, etc. Everything is stored in the brain!
For More Information check out:
Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change by David Grand, PhD. 2003.