Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003. Since then, Brainspotting has developed into an in-depth therapeutic process that can be integrated with other healing modalities in either individual or couples therapy. Dr. Grand believes that “Brainspotting taps into the body’s natural self scanning and self healing abilities”.
It can help decrease depression, anxiety, phobias and addictions. Brainspotting is used with to address symptoms related to many types of trauma including complex PTSD.
It is possible to release trauma from either a distressed or calm place in the body.
A beautiful benefit of BSP is that an individual is not likely to be "retraumatized" by re-experiencing a traumatic event at the same intensity as the original impact. Trauma is reprocessed and resolved in a more contained manner. Trauma and stress can often overwhelm the nervous system and by utilizing the calm resources in the body, this does not have to be the case.
Generally, the "brainspot" is located by finding an eye position where the emotion is most strongly felt. A brainspot can also be located from the calmest place in the body. Pinpointing the brainspot is done through noticing an increase in reflexive eye or body movements, such as blinking, swallowing, yawning, head or body twitches. Dr. Robert Scaer, Boulder, Colorado, neurologist, states that the location of the brainspot “is related to the area or region of the patient’s experience or perception of the traumatic event and represents procedural memory for that somatic experience”.
The process is accompanied by the use of bilateral sounds. Bilateral sounds can be music, tones or even nature sounds that move from ear to ear alternately in order provide both right and left hemisphere engagement. These sounds help to calm the sympathetic nervous system (which is the fight or flight response), and engage the calmer parasympathetic nervous system.
Brainspotting is unique from other therapeutic techniques in that it is being used not only in trauma and healing work, but also to facilitate growth and performance.