“Where you look affects how you feel.”
Brainspotting is a “brain-body” based relational therapy. This means that it works on both the body and the brain and gives the therapist access to both processes. It’s an approach to therapy that goes beyond traditional talk therapy.
Trauma is held in the brain and what’s held in the brain is held in the body. Using this approach, the brain is given the opportunity to reorganize, reprocess and heal itself.
How It Works
The brain is a self-organizing system and brainspotting helps to reach a deeper part of the brain that’s hidden from your awareness. This form of therapy recognizes that when describing difficult experiences, it causes activation in the body which correlates with a specific part of the brain. While using this technique, the therapist observes your physical reaction and uses a visual field to assess the part of the brain that’s connected to the experience. Because where you look affects how you feel, when you shift your eyes or gaze, it also changes what is happening in the brain.
The goal of brainspotting is to reach the older part of the brain where the deepest trauma cannot be readily accessed through talk therapy. It’s a flexible approach to therapy that’s helpful for a myriad of concerns. During a brainspotting session, you are in charge of your experience which makes it very client-centered and empowering.