Empower Your Emotional Resilience with Brainspotting

Sept 28th, 2023 ANGEL TANG, AMFT


What is brainspotting?

What is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a therapeutic technique developed by Dr. David Grand, which combines elements of talk therapy with the principles of interpersonal neurobiology, somatic experiencing, and polyvagal theory. This psychotherapy approach stems from the idea that “where we look affects how we feel”. As a Brainspotting therapist, I help clients identify and process trauma and challenging memories and emotions with client’s brainspots to release deep-rooted trauma, psychological distress, negative emotions, and sometimes physiological pains.


How Does Brainspotting Work?

During a brainspotting session, the therapist guides the client through a mindful process of focusing their attention on a specific point or “gaze spot” related to their emotional distress and somatic sensations. The gazespot are usually connected to a memory, feeling, or bodily sensation associated with trauma experiences or emotional pain. By maintaining their gaze on this spot, clients can access and process these difficult emotions, promoting healing and resolution in a contained neutral space with the therapist. Often, the therapist will aid the client in finding this spot with the use of a pointer.


Benefits of Brainspotting Therapy

There have been many benefits to incorporating Brainspotting into therapy, and here are just a few examples.

Trauma Processing and Resolution: Brainspotting is anecdotally reported by clients to be highly effective in treating complex or severe trauma symptoms. After Brainspotting sessions, clients report that when activating stressors or trauma event memories arise, they feel a significant reduction in the emotional charge associated with these experiences.

Reducing Anxiety and Stress: Brainspotting has been shown to help clients reduce anxiety and stress by addressing the root causes of their emotional distress. It promotes relaxation and emotional regulation.

Enhanced Self-Awareness: Through the introspective and mindful process of Brainspotting session, clients often gain a deeper self-concept and awareness of their emotional patterns, leading to personal growth and increased self-compassion.


Is Brainspotting Right for You?

While Brainspotting has shown remarkable results for many clients, it’s important to consult with a trained therapist (like me!) to determine if it’s the right approach for your specific needs. A therapist (like me) can assess your treatment goals and recommend the most appropriate therapeutic interventions.


In Conclusion…

Brainspotting is a powerful and effective therapeutic technique that can help you access and process deep-rooted trauma memories, physiological distress, and psychological overwhelm. Its unique focus on the connection between the eyes and the brain provides a novel and effective way to process trauma and alleviate emotional distress. If you’ve been looking for a therapy method that can unlock your healing potential, consider exploring brainspotting with me or another qualified therapist



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