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Where we look affects how we feel

Brainspotting locates points in your visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain, the area of the brain responsible for motion, consciousness, emotions, and learning.

Brainspotting uses dual attunement - both relational and neurobiological attunement - and your field vision to access your brain’s self-scanning and self-healing capabilities. There is little or no requirement to talk during your session, which means you don't “relive” the trauma in order to facilitate its release from the body and so avoiding possible retraumatization. This is a gentle and nurturing way of accessing and healing deep issues.

Brainspotting was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, PhD, as an advancement of his work in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy). Grand observed a 16-year old figure-skating client, who was routinely falling during her triple-toe loop, get "stuck" in one spot during her weekly session; by staying in that spot, Grand observed her going deeper than ever before in a year of 90-minute sessions, and so Brainspotting was born.

What sets Brainspotting apart is

- Its gentleness. Brainspotting is like focused mindfulness.

- Dual attunement, being relational attunement and attunement at the nervous system level.

- Easy access to memories stored in your body. While we may access your brain, we don't rely on it and so there's no straining or brain-chatter, that can get in the way.

- Brainspotting has scientifically shown positive effects in healing PTSD after only short therapeutic exposure in comparison to other modalities. (Link to study)

What to expect during a Brainspotting session:

  • We will build rapport before starting the session.

  • You will tell me about something that you would like to address during the session.

  • I will ask you to "find" the feeling in your body related to the issue.

  • I will use a pointer to help you find your brainspot.

  • I will ask you to hold your eyes on the spot and focus inward.

  • Your body will start to spontaneously process your issue and I will support you.

  • We may include bilateral auditory stimulation during your session.

  • We will debrief about your session.

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