Brainspotting Therapy™ (BSP) is a therapeutic process that uses specific points in the client’s visual field to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain.
BSP uses relevant eye positions, somatic awareness, focused mindfulness, and the therapist’s attunement to process and release the stored traumas which underlie a wide range of emotional and physical problems.
Brainspotting Therapy uses the brain’s and body’s natural ability to self-scan and to self-heal and move back to a state of equilibrium. When a brainspot is activated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal the therapist that a neural network holding unprocessed trauma has been found.
Often brainspotting is used in conjunction with bilateral sound - music or nature sounds which move back and forth between the right and left ears, which balances activation of the right and left brain hemispheres and activates the parasympathetic, or calming, part of the nervous system.
Brainspotting therapy was developed in 2003 by Dr David Grand, an EMDR therapist and relational analyst.