Brainspotting is a mindful, evidence-based, relational therapy that promotes deep healing.
It is a somatic therapy that uses body-based, targeted mindfulness to process experiences, reduce nervous system activation, and can help us to no longer feel stuck.
It was brought to light in 2003 by Dr. David Grand, PhD, evolving from EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) but unlike the side-to-side, rapid eye movement of EMDR, Brainspotting involves the processing and release of emotion and body-based experience through gentle location and mindful focus of eye position.
You do not have to relive trauma in order to process experiences.
Overwhelming experiences impact both our brain and body. Stress hormones, including cortisol, are released as our nervous system stays on high alert and our amygdala activates the fight, flight or freeze responses, not recognising that we are now safe.
Long-term, this can lead to both emotional and physical consequences, impacting our relationships, how we feel about ourselves and our quality of life.
Through specific spots in our field of vision, Brainspotting accesses the neural networks of the subcortical brain, (amygdala and hippocampus - the area of our brain involved with memory and emotions).
Allowing the opportunity for processing and release.
Brainspotting can be used to process many different experiences, including:
It can also be used to help:
The mindfulness aspect of this therapy means that it can be used as a resource to explore experiences that are outside of conscious awareness, so you do not necessarily need to have a clear, specific issue or experience in mind to work with.
All of my sessions are online, via Zoom video.
Specific Bilateral music can be played through earphones during sessions, this is not essential but I do highly recommend it to enhance your experience.
Together, we will help you to locate your focus point.
You can talk as much or as little as you need to about what you are experiencing during this mindful processing.
Everyone's experience of Brainspotting will be unique to them. Feeling tired afterwards, experiencing various body sensations, differences in body temperature, and in sleep are not uncommon. Equally, you may experience very little following a session, and that is perfectly ok.
We all process differently and at different paces, and processing continues after each session.
As can be the case with any therapy, you may feel more emotional following a session, and you may not. So regardless of what is or isn't happening for you, I invite you to check in with myself in between sessions if needed.
If any of the themes above resonate with you, or you have a sense of being stuck somehow, living in your head, unable to get past your over-thinking, or you would like to work with issues or experiences on a deeper, more holistic level than you have previously, Brainspotting could be a good choice for you to explore further.
A consultation will help us to decide if Brainspotting could be an effective choice of therapy for you.