Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003. Brainspotting is a psychological treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of pain, trauma, and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting can be integrated with other healing modalities. Dr. Grand believes that “Brainspotting taps into the body’s natural self-scanning and self-healing abilities”. BSP is a brain/body based therapeutic approach that is based on both our relational attunement and neurophysiological attunement with the client. Our attunement with our client is the core of the healing process.
It can help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Brainspotting is used with all areas of trauma, including survivors of war, natural disasters and abuse. It is also being utilized with medical conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, strokes, fibromyalgia, headaches, and preparation and recovery from surgery.
It is possible to release trauma from either a distressed or calm place in the body. The power of BSP is that one does not necessarily have to relive the traumatic event at the same level of intensity as the original trauma. Because of this, it is possible to resolve the trauma in a more contained manner. Trauma and stress can often overwhelm the nervous system. With the support of the therapist, BSP helps the client discharge the trauma 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. Therapists are utilizing BSP 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.