For 1-3 minute videos summarizing Brainspotting (BSP), click HERE.
I blend talk therapy, cognitive skills and Brainspotting when I work with clients, depending on what they are seeking and what they have experienced.
Numerous case studies have shown that BSP, created by Dr. David Grand, is successful in the healing performance anxiety, as well as trauma related to sports injuries, car crashes, or war. I have found it helpful when a client is “stuck” or numb, as well as a great calming agent when one is anxious or panicked. It is effective and can do no harm. Practiced by a trained professional, Brainspotting helps an individual face difficult memories and emotions and can help a person clear blocks to feel resourced and grounded.
“Brainspotting is a new psychotherapy approach that theorizes that the field of vision can be used to locate eye positions that correlate with relevance to inner neural and emotional experience…These eye positions, or Brainspots, may through maintaining eye fixation, lead to a healing and resolution of issues that are held deeply in the non-verbal, non-cognitive areas of the neurophysiology” (2012, p. 5). It is similar to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Repatterning) created by Janine Shapiro, with which more people are familiar. Both use bilateral sounds and music that travels gradually from one ear to the other. While BSP has been found to be effective without the sounds, this “auditory resource,” has been found to provide a complementary “neuro-auditory” addition to the neuro-visual stimulation (Grand, p. 10).