Brainspotting is a brain based form of therapy that is relatively new to the therapeutic community and continues to provide great results that are not only effective but require less therapeutic sessions. It is a focused treatment model that identifies, processes, and releases core neurobiological sources of the subcortical part of the brain (the limbic system) and allows the person to reorganize the information, experiences, and beliefs of the past in a way that allows healing and freedom.
Uses of brainspotting
It is used and shown to be effective for treating PTSD, anxiety, depression, emotional blocks, addiction, and sports performance. It is a very gentle form of therapy especially in working with both single event and complex trauma.
How it works
The method combines both somatic (body focused therapy) with targeting a visual point (brain focused) that holds an activation / stressor of a certain issue the client wants to work on in the session. The distinguishing and unique attribute of Brainspotting is that by focusing one's vision on a specific point, it allows the client to focus and process at a much deeper part of the brain where our most basic emotions, and behaviors are formed and stored. It is much like reorganizing an old file room that had papers thrown everywhere. Brainspotting helps the person reorder events, memories, and beliefs in a new order.
Website on brainspotting ( click here )
Documentary by ESPN 30 for 30 on brainspotting around sports performance ( click here )