Brainspotting is related to Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and was developed in 2003 by David Grand, PhD. While administering EMDR to a client, Grand noticed increased success with EMDR treatment when it was performed slowly, with the intention of identifying specific fixed eye positions that correlated to traumatic memories, which he called “brainspots.”
Practitioners of Brainspotting encourage clients to hold a fixed eye position while they explore the traumatic experience or memory, which can help to de-condition previously conditioned emotional and physiological responses to trauma.
Similar to EMDR, the eye movements and accompanying therapy of Brainspotting can help clients reprogram their responses to past trauma and release the physical and emotional experiences that accompany the memories associated with the traumatic experience. By replacing previously held negative beliefs with more positive and appropriate ones, clients are able to lessen their trauma-related symptoms and move forward in life without excessive disruption to their well-being.
Similar to EMDR, clients can have significantly reduced trauma responses as a result of Brainspotting therapy, allowing them to live more fulfilled and happy lives.
Other benefits include: