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What Is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a brain-based approach that uses the field of vision to find where a person is holding not just the trauma but any negative experience in their brain. We have noticed that where a person looks effects how they feel because literally when a person looks in different location he or she experiences different feelings, emotions, memories and sensations. When a person is thinking about a problem and they look to the right or look to the left or up or down, literally one spot is going to feel more activated and another spot will feel less activated. Brainspotting works by pinpointing the exact area where the client feels the most activation and then having the client observe what happens internally while processing in their brains and bodies.

How Does Brainspotting Work?

Brainspotting is based upon eye location and eye fixation. Brainspotting is precise and has been compared to using a laser by causing a client to hold a pinpointed location to process through various traumas. David Grand Brainspotting developer states that Brainspotting is different from EMDR because while EMDR focuses upon eye movement, the Brainspotting technique and methodology emphasizes eye precise eye locations.

Who Can Benefit From Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting is not limited to just individuals who have experienced traumas, but in reality most people have experienced some degree of trauma just by living. Brainspotting is a powerful therapy to help individuals process through past experiences of any sort. Brainspotting can be used by people who have experienced abuse of all forms, traumatic experiences involving accidents, anxieties and phobias, and events that trigger non-beneficial behaviors. Brainspotting is a powerful therapy that has empowered many clients to move out of experiences that have generally been described as “feeling stuck.”

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Brainspotting & Neuro Linguistics

Portland Brainspotting Therapy & Neuro Linguistics

In the late 1980s I was attending a Neuro Linguistic Training. One of the techniques taught to the class was the usefulness of having our client sit quietly while we used our pointer finger to slowly make a circular motion that their eyes could follow. The Coach then could observe tiny micro movements (like a little jiggle) that the client’s eyes would make as the client followed the circular motion of the coach’s finger. The Coach then would then hold their finger in that exact area and have the client focus on the finger tip in that exact area. At the time and still today it is amazing to watch the material that comes up in the clients mind using this process. Dr. Francine Shapiro had experienced a similar experience after leaving a Neuro Linguistics Training. She observed that many thoughts came to the surface as she was looking to the right and left and then began pendulating back and forth with her eyes.   I am so grateful for all of the research that has come from EMDR and Brainspotting for the healing of Trauma. In 2003 Dr. David Grand discovered that while working with a teenage ice skater with significant performance issues. He had used several treatments using EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, Dr. Francine Shapiro)   and Somatic Experiencing (Levine) and had some success with her very serious performance issues.   Then at a point in session Dr. Grand noticed that as he was having his client follow his fingers moving back and forth across her visual field…he saw her eyes noticeably wobbled, followed by a locking and frozen position.   Dr. Grand was startled by this response and stopped moving his fingers and immediately held them directly in front of the eye freeze about 3 feet away from the athlete.   During the next 10 minutes a series of memories emerged and rapidly processed through to resolution.   He observed that at the end of the 10 minutes the processing slowed, and completed and the eye lock released.  The athlete reported that she was able to perform without a hitch. Dr. Grand named this technique “Brainspotting” and determined he had stumbled onto a new method and perhaps a new paradigm. Dr. Grand, prior, to his discovery of what he calls BSP, had developed a modified version of EMDR which he had designated Natural Flow EMDR.   (Grand 2001) I have been fortunate enough to have taken many of Dr. Grand’s Trainings and have had a very successful practice of Natural Flow EMDR, along with Brainspotting and because I work with athletes of every age and from beginners to Elite Gold and Silver Medal Athletes, It has been a great tool to use with Sports Traumatic Stress. I have incorporated all of my knowledge from Hypnosis, to NLP, EMDR. Brainspotting, Lisa Schwarz’s amazing Comprehensive Resource Model for athletes.   Please call for more information or to book an appointment with Diane.


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