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What is Brainspotting?
Brainspotting (or “BSP”) was discovered in 2003 by Dr. David Grand. He worked with various people who had undergone and survived intensely traumatic experiences. This tool is used to assist people in accessing, processing through, and overcoming holistic pain, trauma, and negative emotion.
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How does Brainspotting and Trauma Works
Basically, there is an overwhelming amount of research that tells us that trauma is “stored” in our body and that it can be challenging to access simply by talking about it. These “stored” negative emotions can affect the health of our thoughts, brain function, memory, and physical health.
According to therapist (and creator) Dr. David Grand, the direction in which people look or gaze can affect the way they feel. “During Brainspotting, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, trained Brainspotting therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find appropriate “brainspots,” with a brainspot being an eye position that activates a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Practitioners of the procedure believe it allows therapists to access emotions on a deeper level and target the physical effects of trauma.”
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Does Brainspotting heal trauma?
The therapy can even help those suffering from trauma and addiction to reprocess their past. Ultimately, Brainspotting Therapy can help a person process and let go of any lingering pain from an event, that has latched onto the body and possibly merged into the person's identity, so that they can heal.
Do you talk during Brainspotting?
In Brainspotting, you don't have to say anything- you can just think about the issue or remember it. So, for some issues that are hard to talk about, or you've resisted talking about, Brainspotting is a great option because you don't have to talk in order to make progress on that problem.
What happens during a Brainspotting session?
Expect a brainspotting therapist to ask you to 'locate' different emotions in your body, explain how they feel, and track these inner sensations during the session. The next step in brainspotting therapy is often finding your brainspot using a pointer, pencil, or similar object.
How many sessions do you need for Brainspotting?
The number of Brainspotting sessions can vary from person to person. Some people notice changes after one session. Most often changes and improvements can be experienced within four to six sessions.
Can Brainspotting help with eating disorders and weight loss?
Brainspotting identifies and heals underlying trauma, distress, and circuitry issues in the brain that contribute to anxiety, stress, overwhelm, depression, and other behavioral conditions linked to obesity and eating disorders.
Does brainspotting help with pain?
Brainspotting therapy can help individuals overcome a wide range of emotional and physical issues, including anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic pain,
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