Brainspotting (BSP) is a relatively new, yet powerful and focused treatment method designed by David Grand, Ph.D. to help people process and relieve suffering from uncomfortable emotions, pain, and trauma. BSP has been utilized as an effective treatment for many challenging symptoms, including both physical and emotional trauma, chronic pain, and stress.
How does it work?
Over the years there has been growing awareness that the body and mind are one and the same. What we feel in the body exists as activity in the brain.
It has been discovered that where someone looks with their eyes connects the feelings in the body with the point in the brain that is being activated.
During a Brainspotting session, a trained therapist will guide your eyes with a pointer in order to find the eye position that activates the specific trauma or pain that needs to be healed.
Within a deeply focused and calming environment, the brainspot is activated by the therapist, allowing access to the trauma on a level deeper than talk therapy alone can achieve, allowing the body’s natural processes to heal the trauma.
In trauma our survival mechanism “kicks in” and we respond with the flight-fight-freeze reaction. Excess adrenaline and cortisol is released and our ability to process implicit memory (anything the sensory systems of our body detected during the event.) into explicit memory (declarative memory – autobiographical story) is thwarted.
Brainspotting allows the trauma patient to sidestep the fight-flight-freeze mechanisms that interfere with accessing and relieving trauma memories.
Ted was so pleased with the outcome of his Brainspotting therapy he insisted on sharing his success and experiences with others.