“Where you look affects how you feel.” – Dr. David Grand
Anxiety, trauma, feeling stuck or feeling that you can’t stop. Unprocessed emotion or pain that remains untreated create “capsules” within us that can interfere with those areas in our lives which are the most important in living your most personally fulfilling life.
For some of us, these unprocessed emotions may get in the way of our ability to achieve certain goals. For others, it may be impacting self-esteem, healing of traumatic experiences, improving relationships or just achieving overall peace of mind. By helping you to “download” those obvious or not-so-obvious capsules of emotions that are stored in the mind and body, Brainspotting can help to decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions.
Brainspotting is a powerfully focused, yet gentle therapeutic tool that is based on the most current neuroscientific knowledge of how the mind-body system stores and processes memories, emotions, and trauma. Brainspotting is designed to help you:
- Access information from a part of the brain beyond the conscious and cognitive level
- Locate, focus, process and release the emotional charge around past experiences, faulty self-perceptions or any other issues that are keeping you emotionally “stuck” much more quickly and effectively than many traditional therapies, including talk therapy
Brainspotting uses bilateral sounds (recordings that slowly pan back and forth through headphones from one ear to the other) that are designed to support the emotional healing process. This is provided to you during your Brainspotting session.
With the help and support of your therapist, you will first choose the topic that you wish to begin healing or addressing. Once you have identified your topic, you’ll be guided to check in with your body senses to locate where in your body the emotion is showing up.
Strong negative or trauma-related emotions commonly manifest as headaches, muscle soreness, digestive issues, chest tightness and many other body sensations. Different issues will be stored in different mind-body storage locations. Everyone is unique and reacts differently, and every issue has its own mind-body storage location. Your therapist will check in with you several times during each Brainspotting session, but the Brainspotting process itself requires minimal talk from the therapist.
Issues Treated With Brainspotting
- Can be used to treat all areas of trauma, including survivors of war, natural disasters, and emotional and physical abuse.
- Certain medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery.
- Performance enhancement such as sports, acting, public speaking, auditions, and other types of performance-related experiences.