“Where you look affects how you feel.” – Dr. David Grand
You might feel anxious, traumatized, stuck, or like you can’t stop. Unprocessed emotion that remains untreated can create “capsules” within us that can interfere with the most important areas of our lives. The ways in which unprocessed emotions can affect us vary by person, but often lead to the same result: a dissatisfaction with life and the feeling that something is “off.”
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, the ability to heal from traumatic experiences, relationship quality, or 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 you decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, and addictions.
Brainspotting is a powerfully focused, yet gentle therapeutic tool 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 related to 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
WHAT IS BRAINSPOTTING (BSP) AND HOW CAN IT HELP ME?
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.
With the help and support of your therapist, you will first choose the topic that you wish to address. Once you have identified your topic, your therapist will guide you to check in with your body’s 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 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
Brainspotting can be used to:
- Treat all areas of trauma, including survivors of war, natural disasters, and emotional and physical abuse.
- Address certain medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery.
- Enhance performance in areas such as sports, acting, public speaking, auditions, and other types of performance-related experiences.
Learn more about Brainspotting from its discoverer and developer, Dr. David Grand: