What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a powerful treatment modality that uses the brain and body’s natural healing abilities. Like EMDR, Brainspotting works off the belief that traumatic events get stored maladaptively by the brain, leading to distressing symptoms and behaviors in the present. When the maladaptive material is accessed and processed through, it alleviates the current concerns. 


In Brainspotting, the therapist and client work together to find “brainspots”. Brainspots are essentially eye positions that are connected to an emotionally or energetically activated issue within the brain. The brainspot represents where traumatic or difficult issues are held within the brain. Finding the brainspot “opens the door” to where and how the material is stored in the body, allowing people to use their “felt sense” to integrate and process through traumas. 


It is believed that Brainspotting works from “the bottom up”, accessing the autonomic and limbic systems within the body’s central nervous system. This allows the body and brain to work through things on a deeper level than regular “talk therapy”. Through the identification of and mindful focusing on brainspots, we can bypass the conscious, thinking mind and access the deeper, subcortical (subconscious) parts of the brain. For more information on Brainspotting, you can visit www.brainspotting.com.