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Our Mission

The Southeast Brainspotting Institute exists to promote the utilization of Brainspotting as an effective therapeutic modality to reduce unwanted suffering (emotional distress), promote personal growth, and develop professional competency.
 
To carry out our mission we offer trainings to professionals throughout the Southeast, offering additional Brainspotting education for those already trained, educating the public about Brainspotting, and working along side other organizations to offer Brainspotting to their populations.  In addition we partner with other organizations and/or students to develop research on Brainspotting.


What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a rapid, effective therapy that works with trauma as well as performance and sports enhancement.   It is quite different than talk therapy as it helps people come to a physical and psychological homeostasis. 

​The Brainspotting motto is "Where you look affects how you feel."   So if you are bothered by something and look to the right you will feel different about it then when you look to the left or center.  This is because we actually look with our brains and in our brain is a part that helps us orient to our environment which is both connected to what we see and how we feel. In working with a Brainspotting therapist one would discuss the issue, and over the course of the discussion find something specific to work on.  They would then find a Brainspot by connecting the issue with a body sensation and then identifying, with the help of the Brainspotting therapist, a spot in their visual field to focus on.  By using focused mindfulness, and sometimes bilateral sound one's brain and body  begin to naturally release the internal material that brought about the disturbance.  The person working may talk or be silent and report once in a while to their therapist what they are experiencing.  Each person process different and the therapist is trained to follow the rhythm and reflexes of the client.

History


​Brainspotting was started by David Grand, Ph.D., while working with a figure skater who was having trouble with her triple loop jump.  He had worked with her for a year and a half in 90 minute sessions combining Somatic Experience, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and other mind/body therapies.  While going across her field of vision he noticed her eyes wobbling.  Instead of moving across her field of vision he stayed on the spot and a torment of material that had not come out before came out.  He got curious and over time noticed this was not just for one patient but by tracking the reflexes of patients and waiting for their natural process to unfold rapid healing happened.  He brought his observations to his colleagues and noticed discovered the process of healing from focusing on a spot, aligned with an issue and the body is  a phenomena of human nature.  Brainspotting has expanded to train over 10,000 therapists in over 30 countries and continues to expand.

How it works

It is hypothesized that Brainspotting works deep in the brain is a way that talk therapy does not. It helps to regulate a person back to homeostasis, or a state of balance and health.  It is a relational therapy and actively uses both the therapeutic relationship and one's internal neurobiology.  The Brainspotting therapist's attuned presence  supports the client's  body's innate wisdom to heal themselves.

Brainspotting as an enhancement therapy helps people align with Brainspots for strengthening, connecting and furthering creativity.

Who it helps

​It is a natural organic process that works with all cultures and populations.  Brainspotting has been helping people heal from experiences including, but not limited to;  abuse, PTSD, car accidents, chronic fatigue, traumatic brain Injury, anxiety, depression, pain, and addiction.

Supporting the resolution, restoration and healing of individuals and communities.

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