Trauma can become trapped in the body and affect people on a subconscious level. Without addressing subconscious trauma responses, clients may struggle to make progress.
Trauma therapies like Brainspotting offer clients the chance to bring up, address and heal their unconscious trauma responses so they stop interfering with their day-to-day experience. By accessing different parts of the brain through eye movements, practitioners are able to help clients identify their unprocessed trauma, work through each experience and ultimately release them.
What It Is:
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.
How It Helps:
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:
- Decreased anxiety and panic attacks
- Decreased depression
- Increased emotional regulation
- More stable moods
- Ability to process and release past trauma
- Better understanding of trauma responses
- Increased ability to look at trauma objectively
- Decreased trauma flashbacks
- Better ability to respond positively to trauma triggers