“Brainspotting allows us to harness the brain’s natural ability for self-scanning, so we can activate, locate & process the sources of trauma & distress in the body.”
– David Grand
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional / body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing. Brainspotting works with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system.
Brainspotting is accordingly a physiological tool/treatment which has profound psychological, emotional, and physical consequences. It is theorized that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas (systems) which are in a maladaptive homeostasis (frozen primitive survival modes). This may also explain the ability of Brainspotting to often reduce and eliminate body pain and tension associated with physical conditions.
A “Brainspot” is the eye position which is related to the energetic or emotional activation of a traumatic or emotionally charged issue within the brain, most likely in the Amygdala, the Hippocampus, or the Orbitofrontal Cortex of the Limbic system.
The maintenance of that eye position or Brainspot within the attentional focus on the body’s “felt sense” of that issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain. This processing, which appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, brings about a de-conditioning of previously conditioned, maladaptive emotional and physiological responses.
Brainspotting appears to stimulate, focus, and activate the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma. Brainspotting can be used for a wide range of challenges including:
- All forms of trauma
- Anger and rage
- Substance abuse
- Chronic fatigue and chronic pain
- Impulse control issues
- Sports performance issues