Brainspotting is a brain-based therapy developed by David Grand, PhD. Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain (the deep part where trauma sits). He discovered the usefulness of brainspotting working with a figure skater who was unable to land a particular jump. While working with the client, Dr. Grand noticed the client’s eyes wobbled in a particular place and when her gaze was held there she was able to process through many instances of traumatic experiences. And she subsequently stopped having any issues landing the jump. He began testing this process and found that when a specific gaze spot is used client’s brains are able to unwind the layers and process through experiences and issues.
What can it be used to treat?
Brainspotting has proven to be a successful treatment for PTSD, anxiety, performance issues in sports or business, substance abuse, and a host of other issues. It can also be used with children or adults. It’s a great therapy to try if you’ve found traditional talk therapy hans’t been as effective as you’d hoped.
How is it different than EMDR?
Brainspotting is less directive and structured than EMDR. Instead of using eye movements, a single spot is used. Since bilateral movements (like tapping or eye movements) are not needed, this makes brainspotting an ideal method for video therapy sessions. The therapist says far less than in traditional talk therapy and allows the client to guide the process. Like EMDR, the client can do as much or as little talking as possible. There is no need to “retell” traumatic stories in order to heal.
Is there research to support the effectiveness of brainspotting?
Yes! Here is a link where you can read some of the research.
How can I see if this might be a fit for me?
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