Brainspotting (BSP) is type of treatment developed to help people with stress, anxiety and trauma.
It may be particularly helpful for clients where standard talking therapies have not been effective (e.g. when trauma has been too distressing to be talked about.)
Most of the usual ‘talking therapies’ (such as cognitive behaviour therapy, solution-focused therapy, etc) require the client to have a functional logical brain (i.e. ‘neocortex’) and emotional brain (i.e. ‘limbic cortex’). However with severe stress, anxiety and trauma, a person’s logical and emotional brain may be so overwhelmed, that standard talk therapies are not effective.
Brainspotting works on the ‘survival’ (i.e. ‘subcortical’) brain. Other types of subcortical processing therapies include eye movement desensitization processing (EMDR).
Brainspotting helps the brain process trauma, at a deep, subcortical level, which using focused mindfulness and specific eye movements, which allows the brain to heal from traumatic experiences.