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.
HistoryBrainspotting 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.
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.