When you have an experience that causes a fight or flight, freeze or fawn response, whether someone cuts you off in traffic or something horrific has happened to you in the past, your body reacts before your brain in an effort to keep you safe.
Ideally, after the experience, your brain would have time to process the experience, logically understand what happened, and then file it in your memory for future reference. Your eyes are connected to the part of your brain that gives access to these memories or traumas. The Brainspotting (BSP) technique uses your field of vision to access those traumatic memories that never had a chance to process.
During a brainspotting appointment, your brain is given the time and space it needs to process and release the fight or flight response so that you can say good-bye to the debilitating triggers and anxiety!
Brainspotting is primarily used in trauma therapy and for the treatment of PTSD. It has also been shown to assist in injury recovery and help treat physical illness, inattention, stress, and low motivation!
I was in therapy after a very traumatic time in my life. For several years, I felt trapped in a relationship that was psychologically traumatizing.
When I finally left, I was met with symptoms of PTSD that I never even realized existed. I had physical pain in my stomach, a racing heart, chest pain, and mental fog. All of these symptoms happened many times a day, and I felt triggered by everything. My focus was distracted at work to the point that, for most of the day, I was subject to intense emotional flashbacks and constant worry about what might happen next.
My therapist started with EMDR (a type of therapy), which worked really well for the flashbacks, helping me rewire the traumatic memories, but the painful physical symptoms of anxiety did not go away.
Finally, she tried Brainspotting. After only 1 session, the physical anxiety symptoms completely disappeared!
I am now a Brainspotting Practitioner because I want to give others the freedom and peace that I have experienced through Brainspotting. It truly helped me to Heal for Real!