As a therapist, have you felt that despite your best intentions and dedication, something was restricting the potential that could be unlocked in your clients, which would allow them to heal to a much deeper level.
Have you felt there must be a better way to help your clients, and you have been looking for something that is less triggering and more deeply healing for them.
These thoughts are not unfamiliar to therapists of all approaches and of all levels of learning and experience. Brainspotting liberates the therapist from the kind of restrictions and programming that can compromise the all-important relational attunement.
This interpersonal, relationally attuned dynamic is the foundation to working in the modality of Brainspotting.
Brainspotting is a powerful tool for identifying, processing and releasing core neurophysiological sources of emotional or body pain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D.
Brainspotting is a more flexible modality than most. There are no protocols or scripts, the absence of which free you (the therapist) to stay highly attuned to your client, and their process of healing. This freedom allows you to focus on having fidelity to staying with your client 100%, rather than 100% fidelity to “the model” you are using.
Brainspotting empowers your clients by acknowledging their innate ability to heal, and to trust that they are “the expert” about themselves. As Carl Rogers said so long ago, it is only right that our clients will lead the way in their healing process.
As a Brainspotting therapist, you witness your client’s healing process in absolute awe while being deeply connected through the Dual Attunement Frame.
One part of this attunement is relational; between you (the therapist), and your client.
The other is neurophysiological attunement. For the latter, the place in the client’s brain which holds the unprocessed issue feels attuned to, and with, the external eye position they are focused on during the focused mindfulness processing.
As the therapist you will settle into deep attunement with your client, following them at their pace, trusting that their brain and body absolutely know the way forward and out of their current discomfort. You are a supportive companion on their journey, not the expert.
Brainspotting makes use of this natural phenomenon through its use of relevant eye positions. This will help you as the therapist, to locate, focus, process and release a wide range of emotionally and bodily-based conditions. It is also a brain-based tool to support the therapy relationship, it taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability. When a Brainspot is stimulated, the deep brain appears to reflexively signal you (the therapist) that the source of the problem has been found.
Brainspotting will free you of all “have to’s” and allow you to lean into the wonder of the brain and body’s natural ability to heal itself. The client has the innate wisdom and healing capacity to take the lead in each session.
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