Brainspotting (BSP) is a gentle, yet powerful brain and body-based therapy. At its core, BSP focuses on the relationship and neurobiological attunement between the client and counselor. It was developed by David Grand, Ph.D. in 2003 to assist in releasing distressing symptoms, experiences, and/or trauma.
When we have painful experiences that continue to show up in the present, it may indicate that some of those symptoms are stuck or have not been fully processed by the brain. BSP is based on the principle that "where you look affects how you feel." The positioning of your eye can allow for locating, accessing, and processing emotions and lived experiences held in the subcortical brain. It is believed that through the process of BSP, we are supporting the brain's natural ability to heal and release trauma.
Brainspotting can be helpful for individuals who have experienced perinatal and reproductive trauma, pregnancy/infant loss, postpartum depression and anxiety, relationship/family of origin concerns, and those who struggle with anxiety, depression, or have a history of trauma.
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