Brainspotting in Los Angeles CA

There are various ways to uncover and process core issues. Talk is helpful, however to go deeper, brainspotting can help heal what is going on below the surface. Like the analogy of the iceberg, we see what is above the water in talk therapy, but not what is underneath. Brainspotting helps us get to what is underneath.

A brainspot is a visual spot connected to memory or thoughts. For example, if you are sitting across from someone and ask them where is their favorite place to get coffee, their eyes will most likely look at a spot above your head. If you try to think of the last vacation you took, your eyes will most likely look off towards a spot so you can access the images associated with that vacation.

David Grand, Ph.D. who developed brainspotting therapy says, “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 brain 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 and plans. 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 the brain for healing trauma is the subcortical, where trauma is held. BSP aims at a full, comprehensive discharge of activation held in the brain and body.

A chart illustrating brain spotting

What to Expect in Brainspotting 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 asks the client to assign a number between 0-10 for the level of activation for this issue.

Then the therapist moves a pointer across the client’s visual 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.

Brainspotting therapy can also help performance enhancement with musicians, actors, and athletes. BSP is an effective method of discharging activation associated with performance and helps them find the focus they need to engage in their professions with a greater sense of freedom and control.

Therapy at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles

Trauma and residual anxiety can be difficult to overcome without comprehensive therapy and treatment. The compassionate team at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles is ready to help you overcome difficult memories from your past. We use innovative techniques to activate your memories and help you reprocess the events, such as:

If you’re ready to work toward a future of healing, choice, and clarity, then reach out to the leaders in the trauma recovery industry at the Trauma Counseling Center of Los Angeles at 310-720-8200. Learn how techniques such as brainspotting therapy can help you find the solace you need.