Brainspotting (BSP) in Los Angeles, CA
According to David Grand, Ph.D. “Where you look affects how you feel.” By locating eye positions or brainspots that correlate with relevant internal experiences plus an attuned relationship with the therapist, healing and resolution of issues that are held deeply in the non-verbal, non-cognitive areas of the neurophysiology are possible. In general, talk therapy engages the neocortex (or newer part of the brain) which is helpful in processing current events and making decisions. BSP engages the subcortex to process traumas held in the more primitive parts of the brain. BSP utilizes both focused activation and focused mindfulness as its mechanisms of operation. The most important part of part of the brain is the subcortical, where trauma is held. BSP aims at a full, comprehensive discharge of activation held in the brain and body.
A short version of what it looks like in therapy: Once the client has an awareness of an issue, the therapist asks where the activation (the feeling) is in the body such as in the chest, stomach or throat, then between 0-10 what number they would give this issue in the body. After these three things are established, the therapist moves a pointer across the client’s vision field and asks where the client feels the most activation. They stop on the spot the client chooses and then begin to process the material from there. The therapist checks in with the client as the client processes images, memories, thoughts and sensations as they arise.