What is Brainspotting
The revolutionary new therapy for rapd and effective change
Brainspotting was developed by David Grand in 2003, a renowned therapist based in New York.
It is a revolutionary approach based working with the therapist attunement to the client and together with the client finding somatic cues and extinguishing it by down-regulating the amygdala. It isn’t just PNS (Parasympathetic Nervous System) activation that is facilitated, it is homeostasis.”
— Robert Scaer, MD, “The Trauma Spectrum”
We find a spot to gaze at - as David Grand says "where we look affects how we feel" and then "follow the comet" in curiosity to see where it takes us, what shows up for processing and where it leads for resolution. We allow the brain-body system the space to go where it needs to, and do what it needs, while being deeply witnessed. The Brain-body system always wants to heal, and perform optimally. Sometimes it gets stuck, and needs the time, space and conditions to complete its healing and expand. Brainspotting allows that. It is a deeply honouring process of the individuals specific internal system and growth journey,
"Brainspotting functions as a neurobiological tool to support the clinical healing relationship. There is no replacement for a mature, nurturing therapeutic presence and the ability to engage another suffering human in a safe and trusting relationship where they feel heard, accepted, and understood.
Brainspotting gives us a tool, within this clinical relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.
Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences".
by David Grand, Ph.D., originally appeared here.
Brainspotting can be used in a is diverse number of areas and situations, such as:
It can be used to treat Trauma, anxiety, substance abuse, OCD and other "conditions".
While at the same time it can be used to bring clarity, wholeness, new possibilities into the clients frame.
We can also use it to enhance performance, creativity, resources, connect to a future you as you create your projects, and work through the blocks which are in the way of achieving that.
We also use it for transgenerational trauma and accessing wisdom.
I use it as the key intervention around issues faced by clients who have been adopted.
It is also an incredible tool for when we have a question we wish to get curious about.