Brainspotting is a type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain.
According to therapist and creator David Grand, the direction in which people look or gaze can affect the way they feel. During brainspotting, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, brainspotting therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find an appropriate “brainspot,” an eye position that activates a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Practitioners of the procedure believe it allows clients to access emotions on a deeper level and target the physical effects of trauma. (Credit: goodtherapy.org)
Below we have embedded three different videos that we think do a good job of describing Brainspotting in more detail and give a clearer picture of what a Brainspotting therapy session looks like.