July 18, 2023 Paula Gurnett, C.C.C.
Brainspotting therapy is a therapeutic approach that has shown promise in the treatment of trauma and triggers. Developed by David Grand, Ph.D., Brainspotting is based on the understanding that trauma and emotional distress are stored in specific areas of the brain. By identifying and processing these "brainspots," individuals can experience relief from their symptoms.
The therapy involves the use of a therapist's hand or an object as a visual focus point for the client. The client's eye movements are guided to locate and sustain focus on the brainspot that activates the trauma or trigger. The therapist assists the client in accessing and processing the associated emotions and sensations. Brainspotting works on the principle that the eyes are connected to the deeper parts of the brain, facilitating the processing of unresolved trauma and emotional experiences.
One of the advantages of Brainspotting is its ability to access and process trauma and triggers without requiring detailed narrative descriptions from the client. This can be particularly helpful for individuals who find it challenging to verbalize their traumatic experiences. Instead, the focus is on the internal experience and sensations that arise during the therapy session.
Research on Brainspotting is still emerging, but preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence suggest positive outcomes for individuals suffering from trauma-related symptoms. Clients often report a reduction in anxiety, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and other distressing symptoms associated with trauma.
It's important to note that Brainspotting therapy is a specialized approach, and it should be conducted by a trained therapist who is knowledgeable in trauma treatment. If you're considering this therapy, it's advisable to seek out a licensed mental health professional with specific training and certification in Brainspotting.
As with any therapeutic approach, the effectiveness of Brainspotting may vary depending on the individual, the nature of the trauma, and other factors. It's always recommended to consult with a mental health professional to discuss your specific needs and determine the most suitable treatment options for you.