“Where you look affects how you feel” – David Grand

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by David Grand. It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around that eye position.

Brainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This helps the therapist locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. Brainspotting is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship. Brainspotting therapists believe that it 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.

What is Brainspotting effective for?

  • Trauma
  • Emotional and somatic conditions
  • Artists – unblocking creativity, overcoming stage fright and performance expansion
  • Athletes – enhancing performance

How is Brainspotting different from talk therapy?

Talk therapy engages the neocortex, our conscious, thinking brain. The goal of Brainspotting is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.

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