"WHERE YOU LOOK AFFECTS HOW YOU FEEL"
~ David Grand, Ph.D Founder of Brainspotting
Brainspotting is a gentle, somatic, way for you to allow your brain to process and let go of things that are causing you physical and emotional pain, such as depression, anxiety, fear, and confusion.
Brainspotting can help resolve the emotional and physical pain that keeps you stuck. If you have been in therapy before, but have the feeling that you would like to go deeper, Brainspotting can take you to another level of healing. Also, one of the wonderful things about Brainspotting is that if you are uncomfortable talking about your past traumatic experiences, this modality can help without the need for you to tell and rehash your experiences. Brainspotting Therapy bypasses the thinking brain (neocortex) and accesses the reactive brain (subcortex), allowing you to resolve trauma responses in a comfortable, controlled setting.
As long as we are over-thinking, we are under-feeling, and truly feeling our emotions is the key to healing, letting go and living in connection and clarity. Brainspotting is a great way to connect to one's body’s and tap into one's innate wisdom to heal itself.
Brainspots (Brain = brain) (Spot =point, location, area) or (To spot = to explore, discover track down.)
A Brainspot is seen as an eye position that correlates with a physiological capsule that holds traumatic experience in memory form.
In Brainspotting, together, we access the Brainspot, in a safe environment using bio lateral music, anchor it in the mid-brain, and allow for internal processing to occur, making it possible to work through and reprocess traumatic experiences, enhance performance, creativity, and create regulation in your brain and body. We cant change the event, but we can change your reaction to it.
Brainspotting is nothing more than focused mindfulness, processed with a trained Brainspotting practioner at your side, holding space for you in a safe space, and accompanying you on your special, intimate, healing journey.
How Brainspotting Was Discovered
During a therapy session, while using his fingers in a variant of EMDR, David Grand Ph.D. noticed the skater's eyes wobbled and locked into a frozen position. He instinctively stopped moving his fingers. Over the next ten minutes, the skater started to process previously processed traumas, along with a new string of distressing memories through to completion. Her eye lock released and the session ended. Shortly after, she called to report that she had repeatedly performed the triple loop without a hitch! David Grand Ph.D repeated this same process with therapist clients and then other therapists started using the same technique with their clients. They quickly reported observing a profoundly different experience and faster outcomes with their clients using this new approach.
Now, over 20,000 therapists/coaches have been trained in Brainspotting, in almost 30 different countries. However, Tanya is only one of 56 Certified Narcissistic Trauma Informed Coaches who is also a level 1 Brainspotting practitioner.
Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003, by David Grand Ph.D. while he was working with a 16 year old ice skater. After working with the skater for over a year, to treat significant performance issues, resulting in her performing far below her capability, he was able to help her process some trauma around maternal rejection and parental discord, which ultimately led to her parents divorce when she was six. However, she still had trouble completing a triple loop jump even though it was well within the scope of her high level of skill.
Brainspotting Therapy - by Dr. Mark Grixti
If you're interested in exploring if BrainSpotting is right for you, please reach out. Tanya is a level 1 Brainspotting Practitioner and currently only uses Brainspotting with one on one coaching clients, not as a stand alone modality.