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  • Writer's pictureNatasha Dellinger Singer, LCSW

What Is Brainspotting?

Brainspotting is a type of therapy that utilizes the relationship between where a person is looking and the emotional and physiological experiences they are having. David Grand, Ph.D. who discovered Brainspotting in 2003, discovered that “where you look affects how you feel.” The therapist helps the client to identify a specific "brainspot" or location in the visual field that helps to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. The most important part of the brain for healing trauma is the subcortical, where trauma is held. The theory behind brainspotting is that it can access the brain's natural self-scanning and self-healing process, which can help to reduce symptoms associated with traumatic experiences such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The goal of Brainspotting is to bypass the conscious, neocortical thinking to access the deeper, subcortical emotional and body-based parts of the brain.

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