What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting is a gentle type of mindfulness-brain-body healing whose foundation is based on neuroscientific
understanding of the ways our brain/mind/body stores and processes traumatic emotions, memories and physical sensations.
Traumatic memories, also called “The Freeze Memories” become encapsulated deep in the lower brain where the Limbic System
is located. These untreated trauma capsules interfere with daily functioning, meeting goals in our lives, tolerating difficult and stressful
situations and may interfere with learning, attention, concentration and focus.
Unless the freeze response is released from the amygdala in the brain, the devastating physical and emotional effects of trauma will be self-perpetuating. To heal trauma we must extinguish post-traumatic procedural memory cues… and you can’t do that with words alone.
–Dr. Robert Scaer, author of The Body Bears the Burden
How does Brainspotting work?
Brainspotting is based in the principle that the brain has the potential for self-healing and the direction in which you look can affect the way you feel. These eyepositions are called brainspots and activate a traumatic memory or painful memory. During brainspotting, your field of vision is used to determine where you are holding these traumas, searching the inner landscapes of the brain to locate the specific internal brainspot, where the trauma memory is stored.
Using the dual-attention frame, the therapist supports you to process the emotional charge of the memory, to release them and resolve their impact in your life. Unlike other trauma release therapies, the Brainspotting therapist is present to support, to guide and encourage the process.
Who Can Benefit from Brainspotting?
Those who have experienced some form of Trauma or a particularly difficult experience which is unresolved. This form of therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option for those experiencing:
- All forms of trauma
- Traumatic grief
- Sports performance issues
- Test-performance issues