What is Brainspotting?
a transformative and expansive approach to wellness...
Brainspotting is an amazing way of setting the brain (much like one might set a broken arm) to heal itself. Scientists have discovered that through focusing one’s gaze on a carefully chosen spot in one’s field of vision this self- healing capacity can be activated. A Brainspotting practitioner helps a client find the spot that best correlates with a particular internal struggle and then keeps watch with her as an encouraging and safe other. It is this non-judgmental watchfulness that is often described as a sort of “focused mindfulness”. Just as we might watch the tide move in and out along the beach, not knowing exactly what will happen next, but just seeing it come and go and being content in the moment, Brainspotting has clients watching memories, sensations and emotions come and go as the brain heals.
What is happening in the Brain?
When we go through a traumatic experience (which is any experience that overwhelms the nervous system), our brain sets aside traumatic memories in time capsules to be dealt with at a later date. The outcome is that the memory stays live and can be triggered at any given moment (whenever our brains perceive an event or feeling to be similar to that which originally traumatized us). In other words, it is still in process and has not been stored in long term memory storage, as it should be. Brainspotting allows our brains to process these old memory time capsules in such a way that they can stop interfering with life today.
What can Brainspotting help with?
In short, you becoming more you. Brainspotting can be used to heal deep wounds as well as to expand personal possibilities, like creativity, confidence, openness and more. Would you like to feel more confident, creative and hopeful? Would you like to enjoy your life again? Feel sure of yourself in social situations? Let go of fears that have been long holding you captive? Whatever trauma has stolen from you, Brainspotting can help to recover. Of course, there is no changing history and what has actually taken place but we can change the way that you experience your present in light of the past.