Have you ever noticed where your gaze goes when you’re thinking about something painful? Joyful? Sad?
Our major experiences and memories are stored with (and accessed by) corresponding eye positions, similar to how books are indexed and shelved in libraries. We can either try to look for a specific book by walking down each aisle, hoping we get lucky, or we can walk directly up to the information desk, find out the book’s index number, and go straight to where it's shelved.
Brainspotting is the information desk: it helps us find the book.
Brainspotting is a brain-based processing method that channels the body’s natural ability to heal itself from overwhelming or stressful experiences that often generate symptoms like anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, and overreactivity. It does so by finding the specific eye positions linked to unprocessed stress experiences stored in the brain and letting the body “detox” or “shake off” the residues.
Brainspotting directly accesses our “lower brain” where emotionally charged experiences are stored, far out of reach of the thinking “higher brain.” By doing so, we can process them more deeply and rapidly than traditional talk therapy may.
Possible Topics for Brainspotting:
Anxiety, sadness, anger
Creativity and performance
*I am certified in Brainspotting.
** EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) also available.