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What is Brainspotting?
Developed by David Grand, PhD, Brainspotting provides a neurobiological tool for accessing, diagnosing, and treating a wide range of somatic and emotionally based conditions.
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing, and releasing core neuropsychological sources of emotional and physical pain, trauma, dissociation, and a variety of other challenging conditions. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with BioLateral™ sound, which is deep direct, and powerful, yet focused and containing.
Brainspotting gives us a tool, within the clinical healing relationship, to neurobiologically locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms which are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive and language capacity.
How does Brainspotting Work?
The process begins with a few moments of relaxed breathing and listening with headphones to BioLateral™ sound. After finding the place inside where you feel the most distress, you give a “0 – 10” rating for the level of distress. The therapist then helps you find an eye position (Brainspot) – a point in front of you where the eyes naturally focus when the specific stressor feels the most activated. The therapist acts as a guide who helps you to move through the awareness that unfolds, and what is presented by this one neural pathway.
What comes up is different for each person and in every session. It can be images, memories, words, sensations, or a range of feelings. The process helps to allow and witness these natural “leftover” responses from the past experience. The distressed state is usually lessened by the end of the process, and internal resources are enhanced in everyday life.
Brainspotting is utilized within the context of a caring therapeutic relationship with a trained, licensed therapist, and feels “safe”, non invasive, and contained.
Brainspotting has the potential to minimize and possibly eliminate conditions such as: performance anxiety, pain, addictions, fear, depression, panic, post traumatic stress disorder.
Many of the clinicians at New Passages are trained in Brainspotting.