What Is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting, or BSP, is an approach used to treat emotional wounds and trauma stored deep in the brain. Research behind Brainstpotting shows that the direction in which we look with our eyes has an impact on both our emotions and physical state, with the various directions activating unconscious emotions and feelings.
Brainspotting has been used to help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias, addictions, and even post-traumatic stress disorders. Brainspotting is an effective and welcomed approach as it helps to release trauma without necessarily needing to relive the trauma itself.
What Does Brainspotting Look Like?
With Brainspotting, much of the work can be done without having to talk about your trauma and experiences. Instead, healing is accomplished internally by tapping into the unconscious brain where the trauma is stored.
To get there, I slowly move a pointer stick around your visual field, asking you to concentrate on the end point, or I can guide you to hold your eye position on a gaze spot. You will be focusing on the various physical and emotional impacts you are experiencing as we shift your gaze around, following the pointer or different gaze spot, and I will be observing your body language.
Once a brainspot is activated, you will follow the connections wherever they take you. At the end of the work, we will regroup, reground, and talk through your experience if needed.
Happiness lies not in finding what is missing, but in finding what is present.
- Tara Brach