Brainspotting is a method that involves focused mindfulness. Trauma and stress can often overwhelm the nervous system and make day-to-day living challenging. With the support of the therapist, Brainspotting helps the client discharge traumatic experience and calm the nervous system.
Brainspotting is unique from other therapeutic techniques in that it is being used not only in trauma and healing work, but also in the areas of peak performance and spiritual consciousness. Brainspotting is used with athletes of all abilities, actors, writers, musicians, as well as with public speaking and healing physical conditions. Meditation practices can also be enhanced through the use of Brainspotting.
What Does a Session Look Like?
Usually, I ask the client to put on the headphones to listen to bilateral music at low volume during the session (the client's own earphones may be used). Next, the client identifies what they want to work on. Sometimes it’s a specific fear, or a memory, and at other times, the issue isn't planned. Sometimes the client wants to work on finding inner resources. I will then ask what the client is noticing and feeling in the body.
I generally sit at a closer distance to the client than I do in talk therapy sessions, and I make sure that each client feels safe and comfortable. I will help the client to focus on a spot in their visual field where they feel either more activated or more peaceful, depending upon the issue and how the client is presenting. Then together we'll process the issue, noticing what comes up. I will keep checking in to see how the client is feeling. Each session looks different because the direction of the session is always led by the client. I follow the client’s innate, nonverbal knowing towards healing. The client is always in charge, and I work to make sure that they feel grounded and safe throughout the process.