Brainspotting works through the visual field and nervous system activation- that allows a client to integrate a stuck emotional state or feeling into their conscious attention. It is an intervention that connects the nervous system activation to the conscious brain by releasing amygdala responses in a safe and secure relationship- despite how the trauma or block has happened in the past. It allows clients to release the past and live in the present moment by integrating the brain and nervous system into coherence.
Learn more about Brainspotting:
“Brainspotting grew out of EMDR, which uses bilateral stimulation to reprocess memories and heal from emotional distress, explains ShaQuan Read, a licensed mental health counselor trained in brainspotting.”
“She adds that as Dr. Grand continued his work, he realized that there were different spots along the visual field (the total area in which objects can be seen) that are connected with our internal experience, specifically where certain memories are stored.”
“Brainspotting involves visually focusing on these specific spots, serving as a targeted mindfulness that helps someone identify internal sensations or emotions, which usually manifest as tension in the body, and connecting it to a specific spot in the visual field that brings up that feeling or emotion, explains Read. Over time, brainspotting is used to create new neural pathways, so that the spot triggering these feelings no longer leads to these feelings or emotions. “It helps us process the difficult emotions and experiences stored in our long-term memory, Read explains.”