Brainspotting is a tool for accessing and releasing body memories that can be limiting us or causing physical or emotional problems. A brainspot is a physical way in which we hold an emotional experience. To release an unwanted feeling, sensation or thought (such as, “I feel so guilty”) we find the spot in the brain that corresponds to that feeling. Similarly, a positive feeling (“I can do anything I try”) can be strengthened by using the brainspot that corresponds to that feeling. Auditory bilateral stimulation (listening to specially filtered music that stimulates both side of the brain) can be used to amplify the processing.
Brainspotting is a powerful, focused treatment method that works by identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional/body pain, trauma, dissociation and a variety of other challenging symptoms. Brainspotting is a simultaneous form of diagnosis and treatment, enhanced with Biolateral sound, which is deep, direct, and powerful yet focused and containing.
Brainspotting taps into the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself. Brainspotting brings to awareness and releases the many habitual patterns we have developed to deal with negative experiences from the past such as physical symptoms or negative thoughts.
It is theorized that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas (systems) which are in a maladaptive status i.e., frozen primitive survival modes. This may also explain the ability of Brainspotting to often reduce and eliminate body pain and tension associated with physical conditions.
For example, someone may habitually freeze when sensing someone is angry. By releasing the brainspot that imprinted this fearful reaction, a person can become free to choose a more relaxed and appropriate response to anger.
A “Brainspot” is the eye position which is related to the energetic/emotional activation of a traumatic/emotionally charged issue within the brain. Located by eye position, paired with externally observed and internally experienced reflexive responses, a Brainspot is actually a physiological area that is holding emotional experience in memory form.
When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain automatically via reflex signals the therapist that an area of significance has been located. The Brainspot can then be accessed and stimulated by holding the eye position while focused on the somatic/sensory experience of the symptom or problem being addressed in the therapy.
The maintenance of that eye position, or Brainspot within the focus on the body’s “felt sense” of that issue or trauma stimulates a deep integrating and healing process within the brain. This processing, which appears to take place at a reflexive or cellular level within the nervous system, brings about a de-conditioning of previously conditioned, maladaptive emotional and physiological responses. Brainspotting appears to stimulate, focus, and activate the body’s inherent capacity to heal itself from trauma.
It is estimated that 75% of medical problems are linked to the accumulation of stress and/or trauma. Brainspotting can produce a deep relaxation, reducing or eliminating body pain and tension, as well as freeing us up emotionally.
Brainspotting can be an effective treatment tool for:
- Physical and emotional trauma
- Recovery from injury and accident trauma
- Trauma resulting from medical interventions and treatment
- Stress and trauma-related medical illness
- Performance issues, including sexual dysfunction
- Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions
- Addictions, especially cravings
- ADD and ADHD
- Perceptual problems
- Environmental Illlness and CFS
- Preparation and recovery from surgery
- Trauma resulting from war and natural disasters
- Anger and rage problems
- Anxiety and panic
- Management of major medical illness
Call me at 770-789-0847 or see my website at www.carolyntuckertherapist.com for a free consultation to see if Brainspotting is the right choice for you!