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What is Brainspotting?

​Brainspotting is a somatic, brain-based therapeutic modality that locates points in our visual field, helping to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. These are non-thinking regions of the brain where trauma and other emotional stressors are held. 

Who is it for?

Brainspotting can be effective for a wide variety of emotional and somatic concerns. It is particularly effective in helping to identify and heal underlying trauma that contributes to anxiety, depression, PTSD, dissociation and other adaptations to traumatic life experiences. 

Brainspotting can also be used with performance (athletic, artistic, etc.) and creativity enhancements. 

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What can I expect during a Brainspotting session?

During a session, I will help you locate a point in your visual field where you feel the most activation regarding a situation you want to process. This is done with the help of a pointer that acts as a visual aid in where to keep your focused gaze. I will then invite you to maintain focus on the Brainspot and allow your subcortical, non-thinking brain to scan itself and to process and discharge stuck or pent-up energy in your nervous system. 

Processing and discharging of stuck or pent-up energy in the nervous system can look and feel many different ways. Some common experiences include: strong waves of emotion, waves of somatic sensations and movement like trembling or shaking, and recalling certain memories or thoughts associated with the stressful or traumatic situation. 

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What is the Brainspotting therapist's role?

As the Brainspotting therapist, I strive to embody secure attachment: I gently encourage you to lean into what emerges, to stay curious and to trust the wisdom and resilience inherent in your brain/body. You will notice that I speak a lot less during our session than you might be used to. This is intentional and it is done to allow your subcortical brain (where trauma is held) the time and space it needs to process without getting pulled into neocortical functions like thinking, problem-solving and meaning-making. As always, I will be there to guide, encourage and support you when or if you need me at any point during the process. We will end sessions by debriefing and noticing any shifts in activation you feel in your body as a way to help your whole brain integrate and make sense of your experience. 

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