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Brainspotting shares some similarities with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), another therapy widely recognized for treating trauma. Both approaches focus on the connection between eye movements and the brain's processing of traumatic memories. Like EMDR, which uses bilateral stimulation through eye movements to help process and integrate traumatic experiences, Brainspotting also utilizes the visual field to access and heal emotional and physical trauma. However, Brainspotting differs in its approach by identifying and focusing on a specific point in the visual field - the "brainspot", which is believed to link directly to the neural networks of unprocessed trauma. This unique aspect of Brainspotting offers a complementary or alternative option to EMDR, providing another pathway for individuals seeking relief and healing from the impacts of trauma.


What is Brainspotting?

At its core, Brainspotting is based on the premise that where you look affects how you
feel. It's a fascinating blend of neuroscience and psychology that taps into the brain's natural ability to heal itself.

How does Brainspotting work?

The process starts with the therapist helping you find a "brainspot"; – a specific eye
position that connects with the deep, emotional experiences in your brain. This spot is typically linked to a traumatic or emotionally charged issue you're facing. The idea is that by maintaining your gaze on this spot, you can access and process underlying
trauma that might be stored in your body and brain, often beyond your conscious

What does Brainspotting look like?

During a Brainspotting session, you'll be guided to explore your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations while holding your gaze at your brainspot. This unique approach allows you to tap into the body's natural healing processes. It's like providing a direct line to the parts of your brain that hold emotional distress, facilitating a deeper and more profound healing process.

Who is Brainspotting right for?

Brainspotting is often praised for its ability to bring about quick and lasting relief. It's
particularly effective for individuals who may not have had success with more traditional
talk therapies, as it bypasses the need for extensive verbal communication and directly
targets the brain's processing centers. This therapy is versatile and can be tailored to
each individual, making it suitable for a wide range of issues, from trauma and anxiety
to chronic pain and performance problems.

Schedule an appointment to get connected with one of our clinicians who offers Brainspotting

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