A “Brainspot” is the eye position which is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic or emotionally charged issue within the brain. Located by eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses, a Brainspot is actually a physiological subsystem holding emotional experience in memory form.
Brainspotting ™ is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment.
Brainspotting™ functions as a neurobiological and psychological tool. It works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems. Brainspotting™ is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences.
Brainspotting™ stimulates, focuses and promotes deep processing, integrating, and healing activity within the brain, activating the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. This appears to take place within the brain’s emotional centers at a reflexive and cellular level. It results in a de-conditioning of previously conditioned, maladaptive emotional, psychological, and somatic responses and patterns.
It is theorized that this rapid-acting therapy taps into and activates the body’s innate ability to process and release “traumatic capsules” which are frozen in primitive survival modes. This may also explain the ability of Brainspotting™ to often reduce and sometimes eliminate the pain, struggle, and tension associated with physical/medical conditions. The technique processes and dismantles the symptom, the underlying trauma, the somatic distress, and the dysfunctional beliefs at the reflexive core.
Brainspotting™ is also very useful to access and develop internal resource states and experiences. These resources allow the therapist and patient, where necessary, to “pendulate” between resource or positive states and trauma states during Brainspotting™ to enable more gradual, graded processing and desensitization of intensely traumatic and emotionally charged issues and symptoms.
Brainspotting™ is most powerful and effective when done in the context of a clinical healing relationship. There is no replacement for a nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage the client in a safe and trusting relationship where she/he feels heard, accepted, and understood.