We will explore the impact trauma has on your body, your relationships and most importantly YOU! Trauma is anything that the body deems as overwhelming, too soon or too much. Often trauma happens to us without gaining consent aka we didn't choose the event. When the body experiences this type of violation, it is stored in the body in a specific way. Imagine a toddler touching an electical outlet and experiencing an electric shock. That experience leaves an imprint in the body and can provide involuntary reactions to similar or not similar events that the body interprets as a threat.
This technique utilizes the brain’s own ability to heal and process trauma through anchoring on gaze spots and having a therapist attune to your nervous system. This method is beneficial for people who want to address trauma, anxiety, depression, overcome a creative/performance block (in art, sports, business, etc), or to perform/function better.
What's in the brain is in the body and what's in the body is in the brain. Brainspotting allows you to go right to where the memory is stored in the brain, while not using the rational mind. We actually don't need to only use the thinking brain to release, shift + recover from trauma.
How It Works
Brainspotting is based off of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and uses gaze spots in a person’s field of vision in order to access the brain’s own ability to heal and process events, emotions, and/or thoughts. Most talk therapy is done by using our neocortex. Brainspotting allows us to access the subcortex part of the brain that holds emotions, instincts, and intuitions. It’s where the vagus nerve is located, which oversees things like heart rate, mood, immune response, digestion, etc. and provides a connection between the brain and the gut (playing a role in fight or flight response).
You'll be asked to bring a topic that activates your body in some way. Next you'll explore what safety and grounding will look like as you process the topic. Your therapist will help you find a gaze spot and then the healing begins! Your body will process what it needs and this can be done without verbally processing anything. One of the reasons we love this technique is that it isn't invasive -- so you don't have to describe every detail of something that is potentially overwhelming to your body. You actually don't have to describe anything, though you might find it comforting or beneficial. At the end you'll explore how you want to relate to the topic moving forward.