What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting therapy is nothing new. In fact, it was discovered over 20 years ago. But, more people are just starting to discover it and the benefits it can provide when healing from trauma and unresolved issues. Brainspotting can also regulate the nervous system, release hurts, and help you let go of unwanted patterns.

But what is it, and how does it work?

Simply put, brainspotting is a type of therapy that uses specific points in your visual field to tap into deeper parts of your brain. These open pathways can help you access and process whatever you’re struggling with, from trauma to unhealthy patterns.

Let’s take a closer look at brainspotting therapy and what you can expect if you decide it’s right for you.

How Does Brainspotting Work?

Brainspotting focuses on using different eye positions to access deeper areas of the brain. These eye positions and movements are believed to evoke certain emotions and different sensations which can open up the neuropathways of the mind. These pathways contain things like traumatic memories or unhealthy patterns and habits that might be impacting your quality of life.

Brainspotting is designed to focus on the middle part of the brain. This area is responsible for everything from motor control to vision and sleeping.

What does that mean when you’re going through a brainspotting session?

Your therapist will work with you to find specific brainspots. By holding attention to one spot, you can access a specific memory, thought, or pattern. When it comes to trauma, for example, being able to access specific spots of the brain that might be holding on to negative, invasive memories. Brainspotting gives you the opportunity to focus on those negative memories so you can process them and work through them rather than keeping them inside and allowing them to torment you.

What to Expect During a Session

During a brainspotting therapy session, you’ll first work to build a rapport with your therapist. It’s essential for you to feel comfortable and safe with your therapist so you can trust them through the process. This might take a session or two.

Once you’ve established a sense of trust, you’ll talk to your therapist about something that upsets you. It could be a traumatic memory, some kind of habit or pattern you feel “stuck” in, or something in your life that’s causing you problems. Your therapist might then ask you to “find” those feelings within your body. That can seem a little strange at first. But, by helping you become more aware of the mind-body connection, your therapist is working to make you more open to the brainspotting process.

Brainspotting involves different eye positions. Once you find the eye position that brings up a strong traumatic memory or emotion, your therapist will have you hold that position while encouraging you to look inward. During this time, you might experience negative feelings. It’s normal to feel distressed or uncomfortable. Breathe through it. Your therapist is there to help you process whatever emotions come up.

Is Brainspotting Right for You?

Brainspotting isn’t the best solution for everyone, but it is a science-backed method that can help you tap into your feelings and memories and work through them from the inside out.

If you’ve been struggling with negative memories or thoughts for too long, feel free to contact me to learn more about how brainspotting can help. This process allows you to fully experience whatever sensations arise naturally as you tap into negative memories. That makes working through them easier than pushing them down and struggling. If you’re ready to take control and let go of trauma, don’t hesitate to set up an appointment soon.

Be well,

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