What is Brainspotting?

Many of our practitioners here at The Counselling Spot have received training in Brainspotting and may use this technique with you in your session. But that begs the question… what is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting (BSP) was first developed in 2003 by leading American Social Worker and Psychotherapist Dr. David Grand. Since then, this therapeutic approach has grown to more than 13,000 active practitioners worldwide.

Feel free to watch the below video for a brief introduction to BSP!

BSP combines features of both hypnotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) approaches and, simply put, is the idea that “where you look affects how you feel”. 

BSP is often experienced by clients as a bit like hypnotherapy and other modalities that take you inside to explore your parts. It is different from EMDR in that it is focused more on one spot or numerous spots that have direct access to the sub cortex of our brain. This process is not protocol-oriented like EMDR.

BSP locates these spots and extinguishes the somatic response by down-regulating the amygdala, the brain’s centre for emotional processing. BSP has seen significant success in helping people process trauma, and with individuals experiencing emotional dysregulation, anxiety, and depression.

BSP’s ability to locate and address symptoms and experiences typically out of reach of the conscious mind makes it an effective technique to target feelings that you may not be able to describe or explain, and can help you regulate distressing emotions.

BSP is a facilitated process made possible by the relationship between you, as an individual, and your therapist. Our qualified BSP clinicians are here to help guide you through this journey of self-exploration.

This technique isn’t limited by your location either. In addition to face-to-face sessions, BSP can be used by your therapist over Zoom, or during a telephone call too.

If you think Brainspotting may be a technique that could help you, please feel free to reach out and book an appointment with a member of our highly-trained team.

If you found this topic interesting and would like to know more, a wide range of information and resources are available at brainspotting.com. A great interview with Dr. Grand explaining BSP and his journey can be found below.

Thank you for joining us for this week’s topic on Brainspotting. Next week we will be talking parts, with a dive into Internal Family Systems.

Wishing you a wonderful week,

TCS Team

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