If you are looking for a Brainspotting Therapist (Phase 1) I am now officially trained (as of March 12, 2023). Here is my info sheet on Brainspotting Therapy (BSP):
What is Brainspotting Therapy (BSP)?
Where you look affects how you feel. – Dr. David Grand
Brainspotting Therapy (BSP) was discovered by Dr. David Grand, PhD in 2003. BSP functions as a neurobiological tool to locate, focus, process, and release experiences and symptoms that are typically out of reach of the conscious mind and its cognitive language capacity. Working with the deep brain and the body through its direct access to the autonomic and limbic systems, it taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas which are in a maladaptive homeostasis or “frozen primitive survival modes.”
More simply: BSP is the utilization of fixed eye positions which appear to stimulate neural networks and facilitate both the associative process and the resolution, digestion, or healing of both physiological and psychological trauma.
Who benefits from BSP?
Children, teens, and adults can benefit from BSP.
What are the risks of BSP?
The risks are similar to regular talk therapy in that you may feel tired or fatigued after your session and processing of your emotions may spill over into the next day.
What can be expected during a BSP session?
During a session, the trained therapist might:
- guide you to think about an issue or problem that causes trouble or concern, such as memories of bad experiences, arguments, physical pain, worries, etc. The therapist will ask a few questions about the problem but does not focus on an in-depth discussion of the issue or trauma.
- help you find an eye position (i.e., Brainspot)
- guide you to be aware of how your body is feeling, e.g., noticing any tension in the head, neck, shoulders, stomach, or other areas.
- encourage you to harness the deep, mindful processing of your issue.
- suggest you listen to bilateral sounds, a type of music or nature sounds which move back and forth between right and left ears. Bilateral sound causes alternating activation of the right and left-brain hemispheres and activates the parasympathetic, or calming, part of the nervous system.
Through these and other interventions, the therapist helps your brain reprocess anxiety, trauma, and stress. When completed, like most people, you will likely report feeling calmer and more relaxed.
- During your session, you may or may not be able to (or want to) verbalize your thoughts. It is completely up to you if you want to remain silent or not.
- You may become upset, tearful, or some other strong feelings (activation) may emerge. This is completely normal, and it will likely come in waves of intensity.
- You may feel like closing your eyes at times and that is okay, too. Just remember when you open your eyes to try and come back to the brainspot.
- If you feel like you need to move, or shake it off, that is okay, too.
- Your therapist may check in with you and will let you know when the Brainspotting session is coming to an end.
- Most sessions last about 40 minutes.
- Self-Brainspotting is not recommended.
Note that although ideally it is done face-to-face, BSP can also be done virtually.
For more information on Brainspotting: https://brainspotting.com
or contact myself, Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW.